Ginger is one of our favorite superfoods. This spicy root can help you feel more limber during exercise and less nauseous on planes. What else can ginger do?
Suggested Benefits of Ginger
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a root indigenous to Asia that has been used for both cooking and for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. With its yellow color and spicy flavor, this rhizome contains hundreds of active compounds and vitamins which may produce a variety of effects within the body. Here are some of the top reasons ginger has become a popular naturopathic remedy:
- Calms the digestive system to reduce symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This is especially beneficial for anyone who experiences motion sickness, for pregnant women with morning sickness and individuals undergoing medical treatments like chemotherapy.
- Aids in recovery from common viruses like the cold and flu.
- Anti-inflammatory compounds can help reduce swelling, pain, and stiffness for greater flexibility of the joints with less discomfort.
- Promotes proper circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
- May help reduce cholesterol and prevent the development of clots in the arteries that can lead to heart disease or heart attack.
How to Add More Ginger to Your Diet
Ginger supplements are available in a variety of strengths to provide a more potent dosage of ginger. If you're looking for a lighter amount but still want to reap the benefits of ginger, here are some of our favorite ways to add ginger to your recipes:
- Add grated ginger to marinades for chicken, beef, pork or tofu.
- Mix dried ginger into a rub for meat before grilling.
- Use ginger to add spice to baked goods like cake or pie.
- Blend fresh ginger into your morning smoothie.
- Juice fresh ginger with green apple, celery, kiwi and lemon.
- Add ginger to your tea with lemon and raw honey.
Try these recipes today to get more ginger into your weekly diet. Check back all week long for more health news and tips.