Good for Arthritis, Cough and Weight Loss: Why Ginger Should be Eaten Daily

Eating a lot of fresh ginger root is harmful. It is better to eat it pickled or brewed with tea.

Nutritionist Svetlana Fus talked about the benefits of ginger, what health problems it can be used to solve, and how much ginger root you can consume per day.

Ginger – benefits

Ginger owes its positive properties to essential oils, which contain up to 3%. Volatile oils contain the active ingredients gingerol and shogaol. These substances are associated with the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antitumor properties of the plant.

“Thanks to these compounds, people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience pain relief and improved mobility with regular ginger consumption,” the expert wrote on her Facebook page.

In addition, ginger contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Ginger for coughs and colds

Ginger root is traditionally used to treat colds. The benefits are mainly due to the expectorant, warming effect, as well as the mild antimicrobial effect of its components. At the same time, there is no question of boosting immunity.

Ginger for nausea

Ginger root reduces nausea, no matter what it is caused by – seasickness, pregnancy, or poisoning.

Ginger also stimulates the digestive system. In particular, ginger improves digestion, prevents the accumulation of gases, and has an antispasmodic and mild choleretic effect.

Ginger for weight loss

Ginger can reduce the feeling of hunger. “It is thanks to this property, and not due to the mythical ‘fat burning’, that it can help people who want to normalize their weight. In this case, ginger tea is recommended to be drunk several times a day between meals,” the nutritionist said.

How much ginger can you eat?

Eating a lot of fresh ginger root is not only impossible but also harmful.

“One of the ways to eat more ginger is to use it as a regular pickled vegetable. It is a traditional Japanese product. All the beneficial properties are preserved, and pickling softens its burning taste. But it does contain vinegar. That’s why pickled ginger is not a separate dish, it can be an addition to a dish. Eat it a little bit, in small pieces,” the nutritionist advised.

How to eat ginger correctly?

Sometimes you can just chew a piece of fresh root. This helps with colds, oral problems, or to prevent nausea.

The ginger drink is also used for medicinal purposes. For this purpose, ginger root can be brewed by itself or with green or black tea. You can add mint, lemon, currant leaf, and red hot pepper to the drink.

Excessive consumption of ginger can be harmful – it can cause allergies, stomach cramps, and other unpleasant symptoms that ginger is designed to combat.

“This also applies to drinks. Don’t overuse it, drink no more than 2-3 cups of drinks with it per day,” Fuss said.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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