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The Benefits of Ginger & Remedies

Buying Guide & Tips

The benefits of Ginger are best when it’s organic. Whether you are using the dried spice or cutting it fresh for cooking or tea, buying organic will ensure that you’re not eating the pesticides along with the root.

To peel, or not to peel… There is nothing wrong with eating the peel (in fact, there are some added enzymes in the peel that can be useful); I think it’s simply a preference.

The Benefits of Ginger & Remedies

Some people don’t want to go through the trouble of peeling fresh Ginger and are okay with the slightly bitter taste. Just remember to wash the dirt off really well if you aren’t going to peel it.

Others would rather forgo the extra taste (although it seems rather mild to me) and peel it.Peeling ginger with the tip of a spoon is easier than using a knife and it wastes less of the Ginger.

When buying fresh Ginger, look for smooth rather than wrinkled skin and you don’t want any soft or moldy spots.

Ginger has a spicy bite to it, so you don’t want to over-do it until you know how you might like (or dislike) the taste.

To store your Ginger, simply keep it in the refrigerator wrapped in paper towels and in a plastic bag or container. Depending on how cold your fridge is, it should last a couple of weeks in there.

Although it could make it a little less “crisp” after thawing it out, freezing Ginger is very popular because so little is needed to add flavor or health benefits to any dish or beverage, and it will last a few months in the freezer.

To freeze Ginger, make sure that it’s wrapped very tightly in either plastic wrap or wax paper and then sealed in a container to avoid freezer burn. You can peel it and chop it before you freeze it or you can leave it whole and unpeeled – it’s up to you.


My Own Experience…

I’m one of those people who loves the flavor of ginger, so it’s pretty easy for me to get the benefits of ginger I need.

For general cleansing and energy, I juice a 50/50 mixture of organic lemon and organic ginger and drink 4 oz of the mix per day – 2 oz in the morning and 2 oz in the afternoon.

I used to cut it with about 4 to 6 oz of water when I drank it, but now I just chase it with a little water after drinking it straight. It most definitely wakes me up!

As far as juicing goes, I only juice this mix once a week… I buy about 3 pounds each of Ginger and Lemon and I use an Omega 8004 juicer (there’s a link to buy one in the right hand column, just scroll up). It makes somewhere between 36 and 42 oz of juice.

Since I’m not drinking it for enzyme benefits, storing it in the fridge for a week is just fine. The gingerol and lemonil keep pretty well and those are the compounds I’m looking for to get the benefits of ginger when I drink this mixture.


Dosage:

There isn’t really a daily dosage to get the benefits of Ginger – it all depends on what you’re using it for. Under each health condition listed below, I’ve also included how much and how to use the Ginger to receive those particular benefits.

If you’re curious though, the following are the basic nutritional facts for about one ounce of Ginger root:

  • Potassium: 117.65 mg (3.4% of the USRDA)
  • Magnesium: 12.19 mg (3% of the USRDA)
  • Manganese: .06 mg (3% of the USRDA)
  • Copper: .06 mg (3% of the USRDA)
  • Calories: 19

Conditions This Remedy Treats:

(Clicking on the name of underlined conditions below will take you to the page that discusses the causes and other remedies for that particular condition.)


Arthritis

The compound in Ginger that treats inflammation (among other things) is called Gingerol. There have been studies in rats that have shown a marked improvement in rheumatoid arthritis when they were given gingerol.


Asthma

One of the benefits of Ginger is that it contains an anti-inflammatory compound called gingerol that help reduce the inflammation caused by Platelet-Activating Factors.

Taking Ginger for Asthma is probably easiest by making a tea and maybe adding some raw organic honey to it as well. You may add it to dishes when you cook, but don’t cook it too long, add it to the dish last to get the full benefits of Ginger.

To make your own Ginger tea, simply cut up some pieces of Ginger root (peeled or unpeeled) and place them in hot water letting them steep for about 10 or 15 minutes.


Blood Pressure (High)

Studies have shown that Ginger reduces overall blood pressure if taken regularly.

I would recommend a daily ginger tea. Start with one cup and see how your blood pressure does over the next few days. Increase your cups per day as needed.

There are also Ginger supplements on the market if that’s easier, but just make sure they contain the gingerol compound, or they’ll be useless to you. Follow the directions on the bottle of course.


Cancer

Studies on rats have shown that gingerol, the active ingredient in Ginger, slowed cancer cell growth dramatically compared with a control group. Talk to your health practitioner about adding Ginger to your regimen.


Candida

One of the benefits of Ginger is that it helps the body cleanse itself of toxins which are produced by Candida fungus. Cleansing the body of these toxins will relieve some of the symptoms of Candidiasis.

Ginger tea is a wonderful cleansing drink. You can also slice a few pieces of Ginger and put it in your drinking water for added refreshment.


Cholesterol

Studies have shown that a surprising benefit of Ginger is its ability to lower cholesterol. More specifically, it lowers the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and lowers triglycerides too. It also stops LDL from oxidizing, which is what is now known to be the cause of plaque that clogs arteries.


Colds & Flu

Ginger is wonderful for lessening the symptoms of a cold and for speeding up the recovery process. Drink as much Ginger tea as you feel comfortable – at least one cup every hour when you first start feeling the symptoms of a cold or flu.

To make your own Ginger tea, simply cut up some pieces of Ginger root (peeled or unpeeled) and place them in hot water letting them steep for about 10 or 15 minutes.


Cough

A hot cup of Ginger tea is one of the best things for a cough. Mix in some raw organic honey and it’s just what you need to take care of yourself.

To make your own Ginger tea, simply cut up some pieces of Ginger root (peeled or unpeeled) and place them in hot water letting them steep for about 10 or 15 minutes.

If your cough persists for more than 7 days, talk to your health practitioner, as it could be a symptom of something worse.


 

Digestion

Ginger has been used in China and other Asian countries for over 2000 years to aid in digestion and to relieve symptoms of heartburn, gas and nausea.


Fatigue

One of the benefits of Ginger is that it increases metabolism and raises energy levels. Including the spice in foods or making Ginger tea is a great way to boost your energy levels.


Gas & Bloating

Excess stomach gas, whether mild or painful, can be relieved with a Ginger and Chamomile tea. Simply add a small slice of fresh Ginger to a cup of hot Chamomile tea and let it steep a few minutes.


Headache

To treat a headache with Ginger, create a paste using crushed Ginger or Ginger powder, mix it with water and apply it to your forehead. Ginger can create skin irritation on some people though so test it out somewhere inconspicuous first before using it this way.

You can also drink Ginger tea or take a high quality Ginger supplement to help relieve a headache.

To make tea, simply cut up a few pieces of fresh Ginger and drop them into a cup of hot water. Let it steep a few minutes and start drinking. On hot days, I’ve made the Ginger tea ahead of time in a clean coffee pot and let it cool to room temperature (you can also refrigerate it) before drinking.


Nausea

A well known benefit of Ginger is its ability to relieve nausea, either from motion sickness or from pregnancy. A soothing cup of Chamomile tea with Ginger slices can take away the nausea.


Weight Loss

It is commonly thought in Chinese medicine that Ginger increases energy flow throughout the body and increases metabolism as well.

A cup or two of Ginger tea every morning can help support your regular weight loss efforts.

Cut a few slices of Ginger, with or without the peel, and let them steep in a cup of hot water for about 5 minutes. Leave the slices in the cup for stronger tea.


General Properties:

Ginger is the underground stem (not the root) of a tropical plant called zingiber officinale. It has been used as a medicine in Asia, India and the Middle East since antiquity and is now becoming popular in the westernized world as a dietary supplement.

It’s a very popular food ingredient as well, adding a spicy quality that differs from other spices such as peppers or chilies. Most common Ginger is imported from tropical areas and in cultivation almost never flowers.

The main active ingredient in Ginger is called gingerol which, chemically, is a relative of Capsaicin, the compound in chilies that makes them spicy.

In most studies, it’s the gingerol that they’re studying, so make sure that any supplements you take (if you’re taking those instead of fresh Ginger) actually have gingerol in them.

In Chinese tradition, one of the benefits of Ginger is to increase metabolism and energy flow throughout the body creating an environment for your body to more easily heal itself of certain ailments such as those listed in the previous section.


Possible Side Effects:

Eating too much raw Ginger (we’re talking about many “hands” of Ginger) can cause bowel obstruction because of its fibers.

Ginger pills and capsules have been known to cause heartburn or skin rashes. Start at a low dose if you think you might be sensitive to Ginger and work up to the dosage suggested on the label.

If you are pregnant or nursing, please check with your health care practitioner about taking Ginger or Ginger supplements.


Drug Interactions:

One of the benefits of Ginger is its anti-coagulant properties, so if you are on an Aspirin regimen or are taking Warfarin or other blood thinners, talk to your health practitioner first.


Did You Know…?

  • A clump of Ginger is called a “hand” because of the finger-like nubs that grow off of the main section.
  • The kind of Ginger plant that is commonly used as the popular herb flowers almost exclusively in the wild but not usually in cultivation. There are other types of Ginger plants that produce beautiful flowers and are used as decorative landscaping.
  • The benefits of Ginger have been known in Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East for thousands of years and have been used as a medicine and a spice.
  • Ginger induces sweating which helps the body cleanse itself of toxins.

Juliana Peel is an enthusiast blogger, author and social media addict. She is the founder of remedieshow.com. Her publications are well researched and they provide tips and tricks related to Beauty and Health issues.