What Can Ginger Do for You?

Why is ginger so good for you? Do you use it in your cooking and/or juicing or do you forget about it and refuse to use it, preferring blander and less pungent flavours for your foods?

As a naturopath I frequently espouse the virtues of ginger and believe all people should try to consume it at least a few times a week. Some diehard fanatics – like myself – will use it in cooking and also their morning juicing, because it contains marvellous properties that can truly help you.


Ginger is a medicinal is now a familiar culinary spice used in Australian kitchens each and every day. It was introduced by the Chinese and other Asian groups who now comprise a distinct and valued part of the multicultural makeup of Australia.

It has had a reputation as a brilliant medicinal plant for centuries. ZIngiber officinale – as it is known in Latin – has been regarded as a superior medicine in India and also China and was utilised for its toning and uplifting properties and capacities.

Digestive Tonic

The tonic effects of ginger on the digestive system are exceedingly well known.[1] Your dietician and natural products specialist will attest to its use for

  • The digestion of proteins
  • Travel sickness
  • Strengthening of the mucosal lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Combating many intestinal parasites.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

It also contains profound anti-inflammatory properties. Professor Basil Roufogalis from The University of Sydney has performed studies that show that gingerol in ginger helps reduce pain and inflammation.[2]

Methods of Ingestion

You can take ginger in a variety of ways.  Take it in the form of a fresh rhizome, or add it to juices. You can eat it in candied form or even as encapsulated extracts or powders that are available fromyour natural remedy practitioner.

Ginger tea is a particularly pleasant and popular herbal tea that soothes the digestion.

Be aware that fresh ginger and dried ginger are slightly different regarding chemical composition.

When ginger is dried, the gingerols convert to shogaols which have a greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect.

This means individuals who require anti-inflammatory treatment may benefit more from the dried and encapsulated forms of ginger, whereas those requiring the tonic benefits of the gingerol may be better to ingest their ginger via cooking, eating or juicing.

Remember that ginger is a wonderful medicinal herb that can help you and the whole family.

Fresh or dried, it is an important addition to your family’s dietary intake.

Bye for now.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger

[2] http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_433324.htm