Benefits of Ginger

Oh ginger, how I love thee, let me count the ways: my grandmother's ginger snaps, the ginger-ale that saved me during the first months of my pregnancy, the ginger I chop and sauté in our stir-fry (the go-to dish in this household), all gingerbread men everywhere. 

The spice and kick of it! It's a gorgeous taste. From Jamaica to India to Africa to China to the Americas--we all love it. 

Deep down, here's why we do:

  • Carminative: aids in the elimination of flatulence and gastrointestinal discomfort. Ginger relaxes and soothes the digestion tract.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Inhibits the inflammation compounds (called cytokines) with things called gingerols. This is shown to be the reason why ginger helps to reduce pain and increase mobility in those rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis 
  • Anti-nausea: studies show it to superior to Dramamine in reducing motion sickness
  • Just like the latter: reduces morning sickness for women who are pregnant (in the powder/capsule form it was shown to significantly reduce intense morning sickness [hyperemesis gravidarum])
  • Most studies were done with powdered ginger, but it has been shown that fresh ginger is even better because of the active enzymes
  • Has antioxidant properties

You can dice, grate, pickle and bite straight into ginger. Makes teas. Make infused ade to aid your lemonade. Like my friend so aptly noted, you can put your ginger into any ole thing. Soup, tea, food, noodles, bread, rice, EVERYTHING. And it's so tasty too!

Think of all the things in this world, in our lives, that increase inflammation in the body. And then think of what a gift ginger is to work against the hyper-active inflammation of living.

I love studying roots. Roots ground crazy vata-types like myself. More on this later.