Some people have a sweet tooth and some a spicy. If crave a little kick then we’ve got just the ingredient for you. If not, we challenge you to start incorporating it into your diet in small amounts. The ingredient in question is ginger. Use it as a spice or eat it in pieces, this root veggie has it all. Delicious to those that love a little zest, but healing for all. Still not swayed? Let us convince you with these great finds in this week’s Ingredient Spotlight: The Health Benefits of Ginger

Health Benefits of Ginger

  • Stimulate Digestion – Ginger contains phenols that help to trigger bile and saliva production, thus stimulating the digestive process. Additionally, ginger is considered a carminative due to its aiding properties in digestive relief by eliminating gas from the digestive tract. Those with gastrointestinal conditions, constipation, and bloating can find great relief in regularly consuming ginger in their diet.
  • Reduce Inflammation – Ginger also contains a compound called gingerol which works as an anti-inflammatory agent by hindering the formation of cytokines. Ginger is often suggested to be incorporated into the diets of those with various forms of arthritis, though is also hugely beneficial for athletes after serious training or even injury.
  • Reduce Nausea – It is often recommended to post-op or cancer patients to chew on ginger for its healing properties in reducing nausea. Ginger is also great for those that struggle with motion sickness and even moms combating morning sickness.
  • Clearing Sinuses – Next time you’re getting sushi, reach for the ginger not the wasabi to clear out the sinuses. Ginger has been shown to clear out those microcirculatory passages helping you breathe easier. Additionally, ginger is great for those with a cold or the flu as it is considered a diaphoretic which means ginger stimulates internal heat to help you sweat out that sickness.

Try ginger as a spice in many Eastern cuisines, boiled in water for a relaxing tea, or crystalized as a sweet and spicy snack. You can find ginger in the produce section at most grocery stores, but if you want something easy on the go, try out Snappy Ginger. This zingy snack is sure to do the trick!

 

Sources:
BBC Good Food
Medical News Today
FoodMatters