Ginger is also known as Zingiber officinale, is a flowering plant closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Ginger is derived from rhizomes, which are stems that grow horizontally, forming roots downward, and that grows on top of leaves and new stems. The buds then form along each spacing of the stems.
Nutritional Aspects of Ginger
Ginger contains a variety of important vitamins and minerals. It also contains gingerol, a compound that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is associated with many unique health benefits.
100 grams of raw ginger contains approximately:
17.8 g Carbohydrates
0.7 g Fat
1.8 g Protein
415 mg Potassium
2 g Dietary fiber
0.2 mg Copper
5 mg Vitamin C
0.2 mg Manganese
0.2 mg Vitamin B6
43 mg Magnesium
0.7 mg Niacin
0.6 mg Iron
34 mg Phosphorus
In addition to the above nutrients, ginger also contains a minute quantity of calcium, zinc, Vitamin B5, B2, and thiamine.
Health Benefits of Ginger:
Ginger is a popular spice. Ginger contains gingerol, with strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Ginger can help prevent numerous types of nausea. This applies to shipwrecks, nausea related to chemotherapy, and morning sickness.
Ginger appears effective in reducing the daily progression of muscle pain and can reduce muscle soreness caused by exercise.
Some studies have shown that ginger can effectively reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.
Ginger has the ability to lower blood glucose levels and decrease various risk factors for heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Ginger appears to accelerate emptying of the stomach, benefiting people with indigestion and stomach discomfort.
Ginger appears to be very effective for menstrual pain at the beginning of menstruation.
Fresh ginger is also effective against the RSV virus, which is a common cause of respiratory infections.