Ginger has numerous remarkable culinary and medicinal properties. For many centuries, it has been found beneficial in the lives of people and many of its effects were mentioned in the ancient Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian texts.
Its roots or underground stem can be consumed fresh, dried as a spice, powdered, as juice or in oil form. It is part of Zingiberaceae family, alongside turmeric and cardamom.
Ginger boosts circulation and supports heart health because of its high manganese and potassium content. Additionally, the silicon present in it can improve the health of your nails, teeth, hair, and skin.
Furthermore, ginger is known to be a rich source of vitamin A, B, C, and E as well as sodium, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous.
Ginger is also a rich source of A, B complex, C and E vitamin, iron, calcium, sodium, beta-carotene, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to the compound gingerols present on it as is relieves headaches, joint, and muscle pains. It has also a long history in relieving problems like nausea, motion sickness and loss of appetite.
In a research published in the Journal of Natural Products, it states that ginger extract and gingerol products can fight against swelling in the joints. Moreover, another research in Phytotherapy Research showed that neuropathic pain in rats can be treated using ginger.
Here is how to prepare ginger water and enjoy its properties:
Fresh ginger root (1-2 cm)
3 glasses of water
First, peel the ginger root then add it in the water. After that, add the lemon juice, and sweeten it by adding honey to taste. Then, strain it and drink on daily basis.