Not a pregnant, nauseous woman who has not been advised to take ginger for nausea. In Chinese medicine, ginger has been known for centuries for its positive effect on the stomach and digestion. Ginger could also be beneficial for the flu and could even prevent colon cancer.
What exactly is ginger? Ginger is a tuber root of the ginger plant. It was used in the Middle Ages to flavor dishes. You don’t eat ginger neat, you do make dishes tastier with it. You can buy ginger as a fresh tuber, but also candied, as a powder, or as a syrup.
In Chinese medicine, ginger is known for its positive effect on digestion, the stomach area and the lungs. In addition, ginger is said to have an analgesic effect. In the meantime, it is no longer just Chinese medicine that believes in the beneficial effects of ginger. Several scientific studies have shown that ginger contains anti-inflammatory substances.
Research has shown that ginger can help prevent tumors from forming. Research from the University of Michigan shows that certain ingredients in ginger may play a role in the prevention of colon cancer. The first research results are favorable. Follow-up research should show whether this is actually the case. In addition, taking a ginger supplement brought a number of side effects such as flatulence, heartburn, and stomach upset.
In addition, ginger appears to be effective in diabetes. Australian scientists at the University of Sydney discovered that ginger keeps blood glucose under control. The root tuber appears to be able to increase glucose uptake in muscle cells independently of insulin. This too needs to be further researched.
What ginger certainly helps against is nausea and the flu. Ginger is often used to alleviate these complaints. Add freshly grated ginger to other foods or have a glass of ginger tea or ginger beer.
Research has also shown that ginger helps with migraines . Sumatriptan, a migraine drug, was compared to one-eighth of a teaspoon of ginger powder. It turned out that the ginger works just as well and just as quickly as the medicine. In addition, twenty percent of the drug suffered from side effects such as heart palpitations, dizziness and heartburn, while only one in twenty-five people indicated that they had some stomach problems with the ginger powder. Not a bad outcome, if only because an eighth of a teaspoon is much cheaper than the medicine.
Ginger also seems to help with menstrual pain . In one study, women were given a quarter of a teaspoon of ginger powder three times during the first three days of their period. On a scale of 1 to 10, this group’s pain decreased from seven to five, while the group receiving a placebo noticed no change. Even one-eighth of a teaspoon of ginger powder reduced the pain from eight to six. In the end, ginger powder was compared to ibuprofen and yes, the ginger worked just as well.
When buying ginger, make sure that the tubers are firm and not dried out. If there are suckers on the tubers, that’s no problem. You can use that, but the taste is less strong. You can store fresh ginger in an open plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator for about two to three weeks. Candied ginger and ginger powder can be stored for months.