The Benefits of Eating Raw Ginger

The Benefits of Eating Raw Ginger

What Is Ginger?

Ginger is the world’s most widely cultivated herb, and virtually every culture has recorded the virtues and benefits of eating raw ginger as a digestive aid.  

The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil.

The historical reverence for and usage of ginger is simply staggering. Its healing heritage is unmatched in the history of medicine.

Health Benefits

Revealing scientific research has shown that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.

Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of stomach problems, including-

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Motion sickness and morning sickness
  • Colic
  • Upset stomach, gas, diarrhea
  • More ginger means that you’ll be absorbing  nutrients more effectively
  • Relives nausea and vomiting, as well as loss of appetite
  • Pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness and menstrual pain
  • Helps with upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis
  • Ginger is also used for chest, lower back, and stomach pain
  • The fresh juice can be poured on the skin to treat burns and the oil is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain
  • In manufacturing, ginger is used as for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics
  • One of the chemicals in ginger is also used as an ingredient in laxative, anti-gas, and antacid medications
  • Ginger has been shown to help treat particular cancers, including ovarian cancer. Research has proven that ginger can act to literally obliterate ovarian cancer cells. For those that already have cancer this is welcome news, and more than enough reason to start having ginger show up in your diet if you’re currently cancer-free
  • Acting as a fat burner ginger helps with weight loss, specifically helping to make sure that the weight you’re losing is from fat, and not just general weight or water loss. It also helps you feel full longer, so you’ll eat less reducing your overall caloric intake
  • Ginger gets the blood in your body flowing, which in turn will give you a feeling of having more energy, and can help you with any feelings of sluggishness or fatigue

 How does it work?

Ginger comes from an underground stem called a rhizome. It can either be used fresh or dried, and can be prepared as a tincture, capsule, tea or extract. 

Most researchers believe that ginger contains chemicals that may reduce nausea and inflammation. These chemicals work primarily in the stomach and intestines, as well as in the brain and nervous system to control nausea.

Ginger is not a commonly allergenic food and is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines.

History of Ginger

Throughout recorded history, ginger has been prized for its value as an aphrodisiac, and it is said that a rule for a happy life in old age was to “eat ginger, and you will love and be loved as in your youth.”

Ginger’s widespread use as a systemic tonic, hormone balancer, energy enhancer, and agent for improving the appetite and circulation is legendary. Virtually every culture has recorded the virtues of ginger as a digestive aid.  

Ancient literature from the Middle East, Asia and Europe write of ginger’s impact on their daily life as well as does Greek literature. In the ancient world it was, and still is, the herb of choice for digestive support. The Romans used it for digestive health and ginger was an integral part of the Chinese and Japanese cultures for various ailments.

The Japanese soothed spinal and joint pain with it. The Chinese used it for tooth aches, symptoms of a cold, flu and hangover. Early-twentieth century western physicians prescribed ginger for painful menstruation.

Final Thoughts

Ginger is an aromatic, pungent and spicy herb. It adds a special flavor and zest to stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes. 

With so many healthful properties, it makes sense to start adding ginger to more of your dishes, or to drink it as a tea. And remember as always, fresh organic ginger is the healthiest way to go! However in my spice rack I always keep some ground ginger handy. You can get ground ginger at most healthfood stores, or to get the best priced Organic Ginger Root try Amazon.com

 

 

PS: I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and please don’t hesitate to share it with friends and family. Join the conversation and let me know of your experiences with Ginger – share your experiences below and join me on other interesting articles at healingbodyandmind.org

 

To your good health,

Tom

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Christa

Hi Tom,
This is a wonderful article on Ginger! 🙂
I know this is an herb I have been focusing on getting more of!
I have been drinking more tea with ginger in it and adding it to my smoothies!
After reading your wonderful list of health benefits I am encouraged to continue adding ginger even more! 🙂
Blessings to you as you are teaching and helping people to improve their health and lives,
Christa 🙂

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    Tom

    Hi Christa-Thank-you so much. I’m glad this post was informative and helpful. With so many healthful properties, it makes sense to start adding ginger to more of your dishes, or to drink it as a tea. I would highly recommend it to everyone!

    ~Tom

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Kady

Hi Tom,

I drink Ginger tea every day and thanks to you I will carry on! 🙂
I did not even know all the benefits but just love the taste and I had already noticed that it did help me to not fall asleep after lunch!
Your article is very informative and I love your website with a lot of quality content about interesting subjects!

Well done!

K

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    Tom

    Thanks Kady- With so many healthful properties, it makes sense for everyone to start adding ginger to more of their dishes, or just to drink it as a tea. And come back soon, as we are always adding more informative articles daily!

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Peter

Living in China for the past three years I have noticed that they use a lot of Ginger and now I know why, because it has so many health benefits. Another benefit that you haven’t mentioned is using it to help the hair on your head re-grow. Being over fifty I was getting a bit thin on top and my Chinese wife starting using ginger on my bald spot…. Well now it’s not. ha ha.
Great Post Thank you 🙂

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    Tom

    Hi Peter- I hope through this post that more people become aware of the health benefits of ginger and start adding it to their diet. I haven’t vetted the hair regrowth aspect, but hey if it works!

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