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The Dietary & Medicinal Benefits of Ginger

I personally use Ginger on a regular basis in addition to having studied it's amazing effects.

Using Ginger Can Improve Your Overall Health

Using ginger root is a practical and smart way to improve your health. This of course, is in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise. The use of ginger for dietary and medicinal purposes is nothing new, with its first recorded use dating back to around 470BC. Its believed effectiveness has stood the test of time and for good reason.

Ginger is full of antioxidants and rich in vitamins which can improve overall health. Its use in India through Ayurvedic medicine is timeless. It has also been used in many food dishes throughout history and even to present day. It can be used in anything from creating a marinade, rice, tea, meats, bread, cookies, and my personal favorite as a cold beverage.


What is Ginger?

Ginger better known as Zingiber Officinale is actually a rhizome or root of the ginger plant. It's origin traces back to Southeast Asia, through centuries of trade and modernization it has now become a staple in foods and holistic medicine around the world. Ginger is recognized by its sharp, pungent, warm taste that intrigues the senses. It is bolstered by it's airy and tart-spicy taste.

The use of ginger has been synonymous in Western culture; however there has been a huge spike in its use in the last 15 years. This is due to the increase of Americans trying to eat healthy in addition to the increasing acceptance of alternative medicine. These two events helped to give rise to natural and organic store chains. This in turn has made ginger more easily available, on top of that organic ginger is now an option juxtaposed to traditional ginger. Both traditional and organic ginger are good for you. However, if you are able to get the organic variant I feel that would be a better choice.

This is Why Ginger is Good for You

Ginger contains a compound called gingerol. This compound has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidant properties work to neutralize free radicals by donating electrons. This in turn neutralizes oxidation which produces a healthy immune response while boosting immunity.

Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system. However, if inflammation goes unchecked it can develop into a precursor for cancers and other diseases of the body. These diseases include high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach disorders, and even Alzheimer's disease. The inflammatory response is brought on by proteins called cytokines. By adding ginger to your diet you can lower inflammation by reducing cytokine production.

Ginger also contains beneficial vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B3, magnesium, and potassium. All of which are important for overall health and immunity.


Delicious and Healthy Ways That You Can Incorporate Ginger Into Your Diet

There is a plethora of ways to add ginger to your diet. There are too many to list here, so I will list a few of my favorites along with some popular and tasty options. I will start with my all time favorite, ginger beer. There is no alcohol in ginger beer, you would simply grate the ginger and add it to a large pitcher of cold water. You can let this sit for a few hours or overnight. Then simply strain it and add water if necessary, it would depend on how strong you desire it. Then add the desired amount of sugar to taste. Some people add a pinch of vanilla, but that is at your discretion.

It can also be brewed as a tea and consumed while nice and hot. This is especially good to have when getting over a cold, or simply as a gentle and soothing way to wind down after a long day.

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It can also be used in cooking; it adds a nice aromatic flavor and bite to dishes like rice, fish, stir fry, soup, and noodles.

Ginger even goes great minced or grated and sprinkled onto salads.

Smoothies are another great way to reap the rewards of ginger. By mixing it with other great antioxidant rich foods you can maximize its effectiveness. If you are looking to lose weight, a ginger and kiwi smoothie combined with a balanced diet and exercise can help shed pounds. Ginger has properties that naturally suppress appetite while the fiber content in kiwi allows you to feel full.

For smoother looking skin you may want to try a ginger and cantaloupe smoothie. The antioxidant properties of ginger can help to slow aging by neutralizing free radicals. Combined with the high beta-carotene content of cantaloupe, it can work to promote soft skin.

You can mix ginger and pineapple to create a great tasting cancer fighting smoothie. Ginger lowers inflammation and the enzyme bromelain, which is found in pineapples works to fight inflammation as well.

If you are looking for a delicious way to detox your body, a ginger and lemon smoothie may be the way to go. The antioxidants in ginger can also work to stabilize blood glucose levels and aid indigestion. Meanwhile, lemon has properties that help to fight kidney stones as well helping to reduce fat storage in the liver.


By incorporating ginger into your diet you can set yourself on a path towards a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you. Rich in vitamins, minerals, great tasting and with so many health benefits it makes sense why so many people are using ginger.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 E Randall

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