The ginger ( Zingiber officinale ) is a uniform, with the appearance of twisted branches tropical plant structure and elongated beige. It is widely used in the food industry as an ingredient, seasoning and coloring . In addition, it is a powerful medicinal agent.Ginger can grow to a height of 90 centimeters, and has leaves of approximately 20 centimeters. Its flowers are very showy and the roots or underground stems (articulated tubers) are rhizomes, which are usually very thick. It belongs to the group of herbs and its rhizomes are edible . They have a slightly spicy taste and give food a particular color.

What is ginger good for?

Ginger is a root widely used in two main areas:

  • Nutritional
  • Medicinal

to prepare food

Ginger is a root widely used in the kitchen, it is used to prepare various foods:

  • Red meat stews
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Salads
  • Breads (like gingerbread cookies)

Ginger has the ability to modify the flavors of food, which is why it has been used as a condiment since ancient times . By working as a condiment, it gives food a more olfactory dimension , connecting more the senses of taste and smell. This participation is also appealed in the preparation of beverages.

As a home remedy

The root of ginger is used as a remedy for a variety of conditions. It serves to:

  • Relieve some pain of neuronal origin
  • Relieve muscle pain
  • Treat upset stomachs

For these purposes, ginger is usually administered in different ways:

  • As a fresh root
  • Powdered
  • Like ginger juice
  • In ginger oil

Regardless of how it is used, ginger is often used orally or on the skin .

Helps relieve some pain of neuronal origin

Ginger in multiple presentations is used for medicinal purposes

Ginger contains substances with medicinal properties, among which is capsaicin , responsible for its spicy taste. Capsaicin acts in the body as an antioxidant, analgesic, and as an anticancer agent .

It is used against pain in the body

Ginger is used for different types of pain, such as:

  • Muscle pain
  • Produced by arthritis
  • Period pains
  • Neuralgias
  • Back pain

It is because of this flexibility that some traditional medical disciplines recommend its consumption, either as a food or as an infusion , to treat these many natures of pain.

When the pain is due to inflammation , ginger also intervenes by reducing it. When ginger oil is rubbed on a sore area, it still has a good anti- inflammatory and pain-relieving effect .

Results from various investigations recommend ginger to treat more specific conditions, such as:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Neural treatments
  • Diseases of the respiratory tract, such as bronchitis and cough.

To treat an upset stomach

Ginger is used to remedy or reduce stomach or digestive discomforts, such as:

  • Excessive flatulence
  • Stomachache
  • General discomfort in the stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Colic
  • Vomiting from cancer treatments (chemotherapies)
  • Vomiting that arises after various surgeries (reaction to anesthesia)
  • Uncontrolled vomiting caused by pregnancy in women.

Ginger also stimulates the production of gastric juices, thus facilitating the degradation of food and therefore digestion in general, reducing the amount of stomach gases.

Precautions in its consumption

Ginger root.

It is recommended not to consume ginger when taking anticoagulants to treat any condition.

As a consequence of some studies, precautions are recommended in its administration as a medicine in pregnant women, as it is believed that it could affect the hormonal behavior of the fetus.

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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