In this article, we are going to see the health benefits of ginger, it uses, side effects and more
Overview of Ginger
The ginger is a plant that grows in most tropical and sunny, especially in Asia. Its root, also called a rhizome, is very popular in gastronomy for the taste it provides, but it is also renowned for being an aphrodisiac and having several therapeutic properties.
What are the health benefits of ginger?
Below are the incredible health benefits of Ginger.
Since Antiquity, ginger has been used as a spice to enhance dishes, but also for its reputation as an aphrodisiac. “It is not an aphrodisiac strictly speaking. That is to say, it does not increase libido.
But it is an energizing plant and it is in this that it stimulates sexuality” nuance Evelyne Chartier, general practitioner and nutritionist, member of the Union of liberal doctors.
2. Cold, sore throat
Ginger is also popular because it prevents and heals diseases. Among other benefits, this medicinal plant is antibacterial, helps warm the body, stimulates the immune system, is antiallergic and antipyretic (it fights against fever).
By warming the body, ginger makes it possible to fight effectively against the actions of the cold such as the common cold or the flu.
3. Natural antioxidant
Whether eaten raw or cooked, ginger is a natural antioxidant, that is, it protects the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals.
4. Special digestion
In addition, it allows for faster digestion by promoting bile secretion. Above all, ginger is an anti-nausea agent that limits vomiting, especially those related to transport and in pregnant women.
Indeed, the active ingredients contained in the ginger rhizome exert a sedative action on the gastric mucosa.
They are used to treat gastritis and gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea, vomiting, bloating and abdominal pain.
The phenols present in the resin are thought to be responsible for the deactivation of the mechanism which causes nausea.
5. Ginger for Arthritis
In Western countries, ginger is also used to reduce the inflammatory manifestations of rheumatism and arthritis, especially in the form of essential oil to be applied directly to painful areas, two to three times a day.
“Thanks to its contributions in zinc, beta-carotene, vitamins B and C, ginger indeed has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects”, summarizes Evelyne Chartier.
“Ginger is used to lose weight”
6. Ginger and pregnancy
Known to be a natural and formidable anti-nausea, ginger is greatly appreciated by pregnant women prone to nausea and vomiting, especially during the first trimester.
To relieve your morning sickness, you can consume ginger tea.
But a real miracle plant, ginger can accompany you throughout your pregnancy.
Indeed, in the second trimester, its action on digestion will help fight against heartburn and gastric reflux due to hormonal changes.
Not to mention its anti-inflammatory side to deal with the various pains encountered during pregnancy.
And after childbirth, “it is used to lose weight”, continues Evelyne Chartier. Its fat burner action and its digestive properties will help to regain a healthy weight.
Ginger root indeed promotes the functioning of the metabolism by raising the body temperature, which allows burning more fat.
Uses of Ginger
Use: fresh, raw, powder
Ginger can be consumed in several forms. It can be eaten in its first form, fresh (raw or cooked), taking good care to peel it, at a rate of 500 mg per day.
It can be mixed with other fruits to make smoothies. Its taste is particularly pronounced, it is better not to use a lot. Raw ginger can be stored in the refrigerator.
It can also be consumed as a syrup to add to sauces or as a powder to sprinkle on dishes.
Like a candy, candied ginger with sugar can be cooked like candied fruit to add to cakes and cakes… but can also be eaten as is.
Ginger is also bought in tablets to swallow with a glass of water, but also in mother tincture before meals (10 to 20 drops).
This plant can also be used externally. You can rub yourself with ginger essential oil or mother tincture, directly on the area to be treated, or treat a sore throat by gargling with a spoonful of tincture in lukewarm water.
As a precaution, seek the advice of a pharmacist for the use of essential oil. Generally, they are contraindicated in children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
“You should not take ginger continuously”
Side effects of Ginger
In case of an overdose of ginger, some unwanted but not dangerous side effects may appear, such as heartburn and stomach pain, gas and bloating, nausea, diarrhoea, and heavier periods for menstruation.
Some people may also be allergic to ginger and report a rash after consuming it.
Dangers and precautions for use
Ginger can be consumed by anyone (regardless of age) and in any form.
Be careful, however, to respect the precautions for use and the therapeutic doses given by your doctor, advises Evelyne Chartier.
Especially when ginger is consumed in the form of essential oil, which can cause skin irritation.
In addition, it is not recommended to consume ginger before an operation because of its anticoagulant properties.
People with bleeding problems should also seek the advice of their doctor before consuming ginger.
Likewise, if you are on treatment, it is better to check with a healthcare professional before taking it to avoid any drug interactions.
Finally, “I would say that you should not take it continuously, but take short courses”, concludes Evelyne Chartier.
Thanks to Dr Evelyne Chartier, general practitioner and nutritionist, member of the Union of liberal doctors.