Ginger – healthy tuber with countless active ingredients
Ginger is said to have many healing powers. Some have already been confirmed by studies, others still need to be verified. However, one thing is undisputed – there are around 160 healthy ingredients in the power root, which is why ginger has been officially recognized as a medicinal plant in Germany for 25 years.
- Ginger is a little vitamin C bomb. There are about six grams of vitamin C for every 100 grams of the Far Eastern root. Ginger is therefore often used for colds and coughs. Ginger is also rich in A and B vitamins.
- The minerals found in the tuber include magnesium and iron, sodium and phosphorus, as well as potassium and calcium.
- Incidentally, many of the active ingredients are located directly under the skin, so you should not peel the ginger.
- Ginger also contains twenty different essential oils such as neral and geranial. The pungent substances gingerol and shogaol are particularly interesting, as their structure is very similar to that of the painkiller aspirin.
- Tip: You should occasionally chew some raw ginger so that the body can consume all the healthy active ingredients in the root in its purest form. If you suffer from health problems, talk to your doctor as a precaution before using ginger regularly.
These healing powers are attributed to ginger
The Chinese have been using ginger in traditional medicine for centuries. In the western world, too, Zingiber officinale has become more and more popular and is used for a wide variety of diseases.
- The pungent substances in ginger have a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect similar to that of aspirin. Therefore, ginger is used, for example, for muscle pain as well as arthrosis and rheumatism. The plant also has a soothing effect on headaches.
- Furthermore, the pungent substances stimulate the heat receptors. The improved blood circulation stimulates the cardiovascular system and the complexion also looks more attractive. And not only that, ginger oil is also said to be effective against wrinkles.
- Ginger stimulates the immune system and is therefore often taken as a tonic, especially since it has an antibiotic effect.
- Ginger is often used for ailments of the gastrointestinal tract. However, since ginger is digestive, you should only use the root very sparingly if you suffer from an upset stomach.
- Ginger has long been known as a proven remedy for nausea and nausea. While the ginger usually has a quick effect on car journeys or air travel, the tuber unfortunately hardly helps with the notorious seasickness.
- If you are pregnant, the morning sickness can be significantly alleviated by ginger. However, you should definitely discuss this with your doctor beforehand. The tuber is said to have the same effect on the side effects of chemotherapy.
- You can prepare the root in a variety of ways: as ginger tea with honey and lemon juice, as ginger water, in salads, or as a seasoning in the main course. The finely grated ginger can be used in many different ways in the kitchen.