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Ginger, properties and how to consume it

The rhizome of Ginger is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic, against muscular and articular ailments. When we carry out intense physical or sporting activities, especially if we are not accustomed to them, we may suffer the appearance of pain or inflammation. This will force us to stop for a while. If this situation is repeated with a certain frequency, it means interrupting the dynamics of the sporting activity. For many it can be discouraging and end up undermining morale and making them give up the good habit of exercising every day.

Analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs are often used. However, its habitual consumption is not recommended for the organism. Whenever possible it is best to opt for natural products such as Ginger or Turmeric. Incorporated into our daily diet, they help us to alleviate and prevent these frequent situations in most athletes, and can contribute to improving our physical condition.

Ginger, the miraculous root

Ginger or Kion (Zingiber officinale) is a plant of the Zingiberaceae family. Although it originates from southwest Asia, more specifically China and part of India, it can grow in almost any tropical climate. It is known by the Chinese word “Jiang”, which means “defend”, is proven to defend the body from moisture and cold. Its spicy taste and penetrating aroma make it a very potent root, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and helps fight respiratory diseases.

It has an intense yellow color, with a spicy flavor and a penetrating aroma, which make it an interesting condiment. In addition to culinary use, ginger is highly prized for its pharmaceutical use and in natural medicine. Because of its numerous health benefits, it has been considered a “miracle root” for thousands of years. It is also used as a component of various products for dental hygiene.

Below we will look at its many properties and how to consume it.

Benefits of Ginger

Properties and benefits of Ginger

As we say, ginger has a variety of health-promoting properties. Since ancient times it has been used to fight diseases of the digestive system, relieve joint pain, protect the liver, help the immune system, etc..

Expectorant

Ginger is used to relieve the symptoms of flu, common colds, asthma and all those problems derived from the respiratory system. That’s why taking a ginger infusion when we have colds will bring us great relief.

Muscle activity enhancer

This is due to its high content of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, which are involved in muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Helps prevent muscle spasms, cramps and muscle weakness.

Increases testosterone level

Consumed fresh daily or in extract, ginger increases the presence of testosterone in the blood. This is very beneficial for the athlete because it contributes to increase muscle mass.

Prevents nausea and vomiting

Ginger is effective against nausea and dizziness caused by various causes.

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic

The presence of Gingerols gives ginger anti-inflammatory properties. It can also relieve headache if you have migraines. Ginger blocks the effects of prostaglandin, which causes inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain and causes migraines (according to a 2007 Arizona Univ. study). It also reduces joint pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis and is effective against muscle pain caused by intense exercise. It also relieves sore throats, angina and stomach aches.

Anticarcinogen and Antimicrobial

Gingerols can inhibit the growth of cancer cells by preventing cancer, as shown by several studies, such as ovarian cancer. Ginger is a natural antibiotic that fights infectious diseases caused by various bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus viridans.

Gastrointestinal Protector

It favors the digestion, facilitating the metabolization of proteins. Stimulates the pancreas and the production of enzymes, accelerating metabolism. It protects the stomach from the appearance of gastric ulcers and relieves the symptoms of existing ones. It also prevents flatulence and acidity. It is very effective in maintaining intestinal flora and fighting diarrhea.

Other Beneficial Properties

Ginger also has many other interesting properties:

  • Reduces stress levels due to its Cineol content. Ginger can help provide a sense of calm, help reduce anxiety and keep our bodies a little more relaxed.
  • Improves blood circulation, prevents cardiovascular problems, lowers cholesterol and helps control high blood pressure.
  • Antioxidants, it is very effective in fighting cellular aging.
  • Ginger improves hair health, nourishes and brightens hair and eliminates dandruff. Mix grated or dried ginger with oil and gently massage into the scalp.
  • It has aphrodisiac properties, increasing libido and sexual desire.

How to take Ginger

Ginger root is commonly used as a condiment in the kitchen in many dishes. Enriches foods that do not already have an intense flavour, such as soups, rice, fish, vegetables, fruits, salads, etc.

It can also be used to prepare ginger infusions by adding either sliced or powdered hot water.

Ginger can be used as a poultice for lung congestion, joint pain, etc., by being placed over the affected area. Ginger oil can also be made to be applied to the skin.

Ginger and lemon infusion

Ginger and lemon infusion

How to Make Ginger Infusion

This form of consumption is very indicated for problems affecting the respiratory and digestive system, flu or inflammatory processes, as well as for nausea and vomiting.

  • Heat about 250 ml of water in a bowl and remove before boiling.
  • Then add the ginger:
    • Fresh rhizome: one or two slices (2-3 g/cup) depending on the size of the rhizome.
    • Ginger powder: 1 teaspoon of coffee (2-3 g/cup).
    • You can also grate the fresh root and squeeze the juice directly into the water.
  • It can be accompanied with natural lemon and a piece of cinnamon.
  • If desired, it can be sweetened with stevia or organic honey.
  • Cover and let stand 8-10 minutes before taking.

How to Make Ginger Poultices

Applying ginger poultices is very interesting for relieving joint pain and inflammation. In order to prepare it, the following steps must be followed:

  • Heat water in a container to boiling point, then remove from heat
  • Grate the ginger root
  • Introduce the rind into the hot water and let it rest for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Soak a small bandage or towel in the water.
  • Place the towel moistened with the previous solution (make sure it is not too hot and do not burn your skin).
  • Let it act for 30 to 40 minutes on the painful or inflamed area.
  • Apply this remedy for several days until the symptoms disappear.

Dosage and Precautions

The daily dose of 4 grams of ginger rhizome is considered safe for use in adults and children older than 2 years. This is equivalent to a piece of fresh rhizome the size of a hazelnut. The powder equivalent would be approximately 2 grams.

It is recommended to consume in small quantities or portions, with moderation and always accompanied by other foods. It may cause irritation if you have blisters, ulcers, or mouth sores.

Although it is generally safe as a condiment, it is a good idea to consult a doctor before using it as a natural remedy, especially if you are taking any medication. It can interact with some medications and interfere with the body’s ability to form blood clots.

Ginger is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation, or in children under 2 years, or if taking anticoagulant drugs. If you suffer from gallstones its consumption can have negative effects. Under no circumstances should you eat ginger oil due to its high concentration, which can be very irritating to the stomach.

In case of doubt as to whether ginger consumption is adequate, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

In case of doubt as to whether ginger consumption is adequate, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

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About the author

Teodoro Vázquez

Como corredor desde 2007 llevo recorridos más de 43.000 km. De los cuales como corredor Minimalista Evolutivo 38.000 km., los últimos 27.000 km sin ninguna lesión a pesar de correr más de 5.000 km al año durante los últimos 5 años.

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