One of our favourite spicy roots is also one of the healthiest and most delicious spices on earth! We’re talking about ginger and how it’s such a wonderful ingredient – not only does it taste fantastic, the medicinal and health properties of this root, native to southeastern Asia, India and China, are pretty amazing. Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of ginger.
The wonder of gingerols
One of the bioactive compounds in fresh ginger is called gingerol and this constituent is associated with the root’s ability to help relieve nausea, making it a good choice to settle an upset stomach – particularly because it helps food move through the stomach and gut.
Ginger also contains the compound shogaol which, together with gingerols, give the root its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As an anti-inflammatory, research has shown that ginger can be effective in reducing pain and swelling caused by rheumatic disorders. Not only this, it’s one of those ingredients that we can incorporate into our diets to help soothe irritated, red skin. Being packed with antioxidants means it helps protect our bodies from the toxic effects of free radicals.
Ever been tempted to reach for a cup of ginger tea when you’ve got an irritating cough? There’s a reason we find it such a soothing hot drink and it’s the shogaols at work again. They give ginger its antitussive (ability to suppress or relieve coughing) property which makes it such a great popular go-to beverage when we come down with a nasty cold.
Amazing antibacterial effects
Thanks to the gingerols found in ginger, it also contains anti-bacterial properties as this active ingredient can help lower the odds of contracting bacterial infections. That means that consuming more ginger could help you to avoid nasty illnesses and infections.
If you’re thinking of ways to include more ginger in your diet, why not experiment with a few Asian recipes such as those included in our Vegan Eating Plan e-Book? A slice of fresh ginger also makes a great addition to our Daytox tea, which already includes ginger root in the blend, so you can get double the goodness!