An introduction to Ginger
You may be amazed to know that ginger is an herbaceous flowering plant. Ginger is familiar to humans for thousands of years and it remained an effective folk medicine since prehistoric times.
Zingiber officinale is the botanical or scientific name of ginger and it belongs to Zingiberaceae or the ginger family and its other famous family members are turmeric, galangal, and cardamom.
Ginger is actually irregularly shaped rhizome or root of the ginger plant which we use as a spice. Ginger has thin skin which you need to peel-off before using it in any form-in beverage, cooking, or raw.
For the first time, ginger was originated in Southeast Asia, and from there, it gradually expanded to almost the whole of the world. India is the biggest producer of ginger-exporting about 34% of the whole global supply.
Ginger contains important vitamins and nutrients like vitamin B3, B6, C, manganese, zinc, magnesium, folate, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, and iron. Our ancient ancestors like Chinese, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs have used ginger as medicine as ginger proves very effective in treating stomach problems like diarrhea, nausea, and in other ailments like menstrual cramps and common cold and flu. Ginger has also shown a positive impact on treating skin burns.
Besides, to be used as a spice and as a flavoring agent, ginger is also used for treating a wide range of health issues like stomach problems, muscle and joint pain, diabetes, headaches, and various inflammations. For centuries ginger has been used as a medicinal herb and it has been known as a natural immune-booster spice.
How Ginger Supports Immune System
Ginger’s bioactive ingredients increase the efficiency of the human immune system. Ginger has strong antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. For instance, ginger has compounds like paradols, gingerols, zingerone, and the like; these compounds have strong anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger when combined with honey develops anti-viral properties and boosts up the immune system. According to recent research studies, ginger has compounds that help you fight cancer cells in your body.
Anti-oxidative compounds of ginger help your body to get rid of free-radicals. Free radicals are chemically reactive molecules that do significant harm to your body tissues.
On the other hand, anti-inflammatory compounds of ginger soothe your muscles after intense work-out and help to reduce inflammation in cases of infections. Chronic inflammation is known to reduce the immune response. By fighting inflammation, ginger enhances your immune system and keeps it in a ready and responsive state.
Ginger supports your immune system in a variety of ways.
It has strong anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
It kills viruses of the common cold and destroys the myriads of cancer cells.
Zingibain found in ginger destroy parasites and their eggs.
Extracts of ginger increase the rate of phagocytosis (eating up of cancer cells and other unwanted substances by immune cells), raise spleen and thymus indices, and thus improve immunity response of the body.
Ginger also boosts immunity by improving the performance of lungs, circulatory, and digestive systems.
Ways to Prepare and Consume Ginger
With its proven medicinal properties, ginger is widely used in almost every home in a variety of forms. The following are different ways of preparing ginger for consumption.
First of all, you can include ginger in any food recipe as it is the most common method of ginger utilization. Some of the famous ginger recipes are ginger chicken, ginger cake, ginger flapjacks, ginger fairings, and ginger jam.
Ginger drinks and teas are also the most common medicinal liquids out there. Ginger tea or beverage is the most effective immune booster liquid especially when ginger is mixed with honey and lemon.
Some popular ginger drinks are fresh ginger tea, ginger root tea, and lemon ginger tea.
Finally, ginger shots are the modern beverages which are available at food and medical stores. Ginger shots are concentrated beverages that are made up of fresh ginger.
Ingredients in ginger shots may vary depending on the type of juice used i.e. lemon juice, orange juice, or apple juice.
Alternatively you can try our all natural ginger complex, find a breakdown of the health benefits it brings here.
Human health is a very precious gift from mother earth and we have to preserve it by every possible means. Health can only be preserved with a robust immune system and ginger is an invaluable natural immune booster, so don’t think and start your ginger therapy today.