Ginger is a knobbly underground stem, also known as a rhizome.
I don't understood why this tangy spice is recommended for stomach and digestive upsets but the evidence is clear. Ginger has many health benefits.
There don't seem to be many side-effects, especially if taken in low dose, such as in drinks. However, if you are on chemotherapy, chronic medication or pregnant, always consult with your medical practitioner.
- Ginger is often used to help overcome nausea, particularly with morning sickness, motion sickness and as a side effect of chemotherapy.
- Ginger is a natural antihistamine and has anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties. It is therefore used for the prevention and treatment of coughs, cold and allergies.
- Ginger has antispasmodic properties, so often brings relief for bloating and gas.
- Ginger has anti inflammatory properties so may be used to treat arthritic and muscular disorders.
- Ginger promotes the secretion of mucus, so offers protection against the development of ulcers.
- Ginger has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots. (If you're on blood thinners, please speak to your medical expert before taking ginger on a regular basis.)
Once I read about all these benefits of this ugly looking plant I decided it was time I made more use of it. Try making yourself a tasty Apple Ginger Tonic, or a healthy drink of Lime-Lemon Ginger Ale.