Ginger, zingiber officinale, is a common ingredient in Asian dishes, and beloved by so many throughout the world for its zest in cakes, cookies, and the like, and can even become an added zest in drinks and probiotic foods.
But did you know that ginger also has been used for its health benefits for centuries for for all sorts of ailments too?
The truth is that experts tell us ginger has a long history of healing its devotees. The wise lovers of ginger report having relief from nausea & digestive issues, and the relief of all sorts of pain, and that’s just for starters. In fact, those who really love their ginger have found some amazing things happen to their body when they eat ginger every day.
What You Should Know
While you are certainly missing out if you haven’t had fresh ginger leaves, the most commonly used part of the plant for medicinal purposes is the root or underground stem, also known as the rhizome. It can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, or used in the form of an oil or as juice.
So if you don’t already use ginger in your kitchen, here are 10 big reasons why you need to start TODAY
1. Ginger for Cold & Flu Season
Ginger has been scientifically shown to be effective against the flu, and the common cold, another version of the flu.
This is extremely important, because not only are these diseases highly contagious, approximately 30,000 people in the USA die each year because of them.
The reason ginger is so effective in this way is because it contains both antibacterial and antiviral properties.
For example, in a 2016 study done by the University of Minnesota, it was shown ginger was one of the powerful spices that inactivated the calicivirus in a dose-dependent manner.
Japan’s Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University tested ginger against influenza A. They found that the ginger extract stimulated the production of TNF-alpha expression by the immune system, providing the means for ginger to inhibit replication of the virus.
In addition, India’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences also studied ginger along with other natural compounds for inhibiting the infamous H1N1 influenza A.
Researchers found a compound in ginger helped inhibit the virus’s binding capacity.
In fact, some say its ability to deal with the glycoprotein shell of viruses like CV -19 are a reason why a herbal formula Qingfei paidu decoction (QPD) containing ginger root was shown to increase clinical cure rate by 33% reducing symptoms and hospital stays by 2 days in a study by Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in March 2020
So how does ginger work this magic?
- Ginger’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties heal pain, irritation and discomfort caused by the flu while it stimulates perspiration which flushes out toxins and reduces body temperature.
- Ginger’s expectorant properties also loosen the mucus from lungs and sinus while soothing the lung tissues.
- Oleoresins then prevent the formation of excess mucus formation and appetite and digestion are stimulated by the ginger, helping the sick person recover.
Getting the flu?
Simply boil some ginger slices or powder in some water, add lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat and relieve that nasal congestion. It simply works!
Ginger is well known to help with digestion
2. Ginger Speeds Digestion and prevents flatulence.
The phenolic compounds in ginger have been shown to help relieve irritation in the gastrointestinal tract by stimulating saliva and bile production while allowing food and fluids to move through the GI tract more smoothly.
In a study of 24 healthy individuals, taking 1.2 grams of ginger powder before a meal accelerated emptying of the stomach, reducing acid indigestion by 50%.
To treat an upset stomach and relieve bloating and gas just boil some ginger slice in water for a few minutes. Optionally you can add some raw honey or a ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon powder to sweeten the taste.
- Ginger Relieves Nausea
Drinking ginger tea or even consuming raw ginger is a common and safe home remedy for nausea, especially during cancer treatment or pregnancy and morning sickness.
For example, a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women found that 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger significantly reduced nausea.
- Ginger for Headaches
You can easily relieve migraine headaches by mixing ginger with cayenne pepper in an herbal concoction guaranteed to work. Simply add a pinch of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon full of ground pepper into boiling water. Add slices of ginger and let it simmer for a while when you can then sweeten the beverage with a tablespoon of raw honey or a ¼ teaspoon of stevia.
If you are shy about drinking strong herbs, you can instead make a paste of half a teaspoon of ginger powder and a small amount of water. Just apply it to your forehead to relieve your headache.
5. Ginger Can Relieve Other Pain and Inflammation
A study conducted at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced muscle pain by 25%, which is great news if you’ve overdone it during one of your workouts.
Why is this important?
Arthritis is a common health problem that involves the degeneration of the joints in the body, causing joint pain and stiffness. It has been shown that in a trial of 247 people with osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took a ginger extract had less pain and required less pain medication, helping their long term health.
If you’re looking to rub away pain you have in your muscles and joints, just dress in some old clothes you don’t mind staining, and apply a mix of ginger and turmeric paste with some organic virgin coconut oil to those sore areas. You will really feel better in the morning.
6. Ginger Helps Women’s Health
In a recent double-blind randomly controlled study documented in the periodical Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that ginger is effective in the reduction of severity of mood, physical and behavioral symptoms of PMS, including headaches, while another study has shown it helps reduce pain associated with menstrual cramps.
7. Ginger Has Been Linked to Better Sugar Control
A 2015 showed that patients with type 2 diabetes were better able to control blood sugar when taking 2 grams of ginger per day for 8-12 weeks.
But this health benefits also ties into heart disease prevention, since high blood sugar is a major risk factor for those with heart problems.
In other words, with these effects of ginger on blood sugar, your risk of heart disease may also be lowered by at least 10%, so be sure to have a glass of ginger water before any meal to balance your blood glucose levels.
8. Ginger for High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
As we’ve seen, ginger can work indirectly to help with heart health since it has been shown to improve blood sugar levels.
But there was also a documented 45-day study involving 85 people with high cholesterol that concluded that 3 grams of ginger powder each day caused significant reductions in cholesterol levels. This study, published in the Journal Nutrition, showed that there was an 8% lower risk of developing hypertension and a 13% lower risk of coronary heart disease when taking ginger daily. So make it part of your diet every day to keep your ticker strong!
9. Ginger May Have Anti-Cancer Properties
A substance in ginger known as 6-gingerol has been studied as an alternative treatment for several types of cancer.
Research on this theory is still being conducted, but one study found that 2 grams of ginger extract each day significantly reduced pro-inflammatory signaling molecules in the colon.
10. Ginger Improves Male Physiological Weakness
Male impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction can be helped by ginger, unless the problem is psychological. The ability of a man to maintain his erection is due to insufficient blood supply to the phallus, not to a lack of sexual arousal.
Ginger fixes this problem since according to the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines,” the active compounds in ginger, gingerol, shogaol and zingiberene, have shown to help dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow.
11. BONUS USE: Boost Brain Function!
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are two factors that can accelerate the aging process, and become a key driver of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related cognitive impairments.
Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain.
In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory, suggesting that ginger supports brain health in multiple ways.
Who wants more benefits from this amazing superspice?
The benefits of ginger are too many to name here but to say the least is enough to make ginger is a welcome addition to any culinary cuisine. This is why you’ll want to see what happens to your body if you start eating ginger every day and so the marvelous changes that take place, week by week.
So will any ginger do?
While there is nothing like fresh, organic ginger, too many are disappointed by the stale, weak ginger powder they get at the grocery store. And why wouldn’t they be?
According to a recent LA Times report, Chinese ginger topped the list of pesticide-laced produce, having high levels of aldicarb sulfoxide, the notorious water pollutant. Additionally, some companies find it wise to irradiate ginger or take shortcuts when it comes to the purity of this amazing food.
But we here at Coconut Country Living believe that just like your food should be your medicine, one should not tamper with the amazing medicine nature gives us.
That’s why we triple test our ginger for purity, making sure there is no danger of pesticides, heavy metals, or pathogens and guarantee and amazing, potent taste with CCL’s GoodEarth TM certification program.
The TLC shown on our small farms in Sri Lanka, supporting the generational farmers that make all of this healing tastiness possible is truly the secret ingredient.
And if you’re not sure how to make the most of this amazing ingredient in your daily routine, we’ve created a special ginger guide just for you: How Ginger the Kitchen Movie Star Can Spice Up Your Health, Beauty & Culinary Productions: Healing with the Tastiness of Ginger, by best-selling author, Michael DiSalvo.
Not only can you experience the same ginger our family uses for food, medicine, beauty, and pain, you’ll also be solid on all the research about it and its panoply of uses, just like some of our favorite customers!
The Truth About Ginger
So don’t tread gingerly on this humble spice, get started now at bit.ly/organicginger or visit us at the Coconut Country Living store and take advantage of this special on CCL’s organic ginger powder & free e-book on some fun ginger health and beauty hacks to take advantage of the same secrets our customers use for all sorts of beauty, health, and household uses.
Getting some incredibly versatile ginger powder is a great way to invest in your health and learn the ancient secrets to the abundant life: One that is not confined to shuffling your feet or wearing some medical device that embarrasses you in public but will put some zest in your cooking and in your step as you harness the power of the ancient secrets of healing herbs.
And don’t forget: CCL’s organic ginger powder is not just used for tasty ginger tea, but also for savory and sweet dishes too, from curries, to baked goods, to CHOCOLATE, all with what’s been called the world’s most tasty, healing spice!
Start your journey today by checking out what ginger can do for you, we’ll see you in Coconut Country!