You may have seen a recent instagram or facebook post from me that said in part: “Ginger – get some in ya!“. A few days before I would not have written that because I was unaware of that ginger has potentially many more uses than as a tasty spice or tummy settler. There is so much more to this root.
How I was led to discover more about ginger is in itself a story but the guidance could not have been clearer – GINGER. So here we are.
In cases like this google is your friend – within reason of course. Always cross-check. The sites I used were for my gingery information were:
I preferred these sites as the linked to credible PubMed sources of research but I would encourage you to do your own research as well.
*Note: taking ginger (or any supplement) is not intended as a replacement for modern medicine but as a complement. If you are under a doctor’s advice for an issue you should speak to them about any supplement you take.
Below are listed some of the properties of ginger, and some of the conditions it may assist with. Quotes are from the sites above.
- Anti-bacterial/viral: “It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis”
- Anti-inflammatory properties reduce exercise induced muscle pain, osteoarthritis
- Anxiety/Stress: “Animal studies have also indicated that ginger can influence serotonin levels, and may treat and reduce anxiety as successfully as benzodiazepine drugs.“
- Cholesterol levels may be lowered: “studies also showed reductions in total cholesterol and blood triglycerides.“
- Nausea, Morning Sickness, post operative or chemotherapy nausea
- Pain relief – traditional use: “Ginger managed to reduce (menstrual) pain as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.”
- Reduce blood sugar & improve heart disease risk factors
- sharpen cognitive function less risk of Altzheimers: “In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory“
There are many ways of taking ginger – in tonics, teas, in meals, I guess you could even powder it and sprinkle on your cornflakes should you be eating those (That is both statement and question 🙂 . My preferred method is to steep thinly sliced fresh ginger in boiling water for a few minutes as a tea. Add a little honey or stevia to sweeten if needed. You’ll find your own way – as we all do.
Please share your favourite gingery brew or tonic below.
Lots of love-light-n-laughter,