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The health benefits of ginger are well documented and numerous. Not only is this spice aromatic and refreshing but ginger has a kick without being overpowering. Ginger comes in many varieties, the most common being yellow, but it can also be red or white. The nutrients and bioactive compounds found in ginger are known to be very beneficial for your body and your brain. Ginger can be enjoyed in many forms; fresh, dried, powdered or even as an oil or juice.
The nutritional break down of ginger:
Per 100g of ginger
Carbohydrates – 17.77g
Dietary Fiber – 2g
Protein – 1.82g
One tablespoon of ginger contains only 5 calories, making it nutrient rich and low in calories. The effective bioactive compound found in Ginger is called Gingerol. This active ingredient not only has anti-inflammatory effects but is known to provide powerful protection against many types of cancer including colorectal cancer and ovarian cancer. The anti-oxidant properties of ginger can kill cancer cells. The properties of ginger are powerful in the fight against infection. Ginger is a good natural remedy for nausea or vomiting due to its ability to calm an upset stomach. It is particularly effective for pregnant women who experience morning sickness or those prone to motion sickness. The tummy-taming qualities of ginger also provide gastro-intestinal relief to sufferers of indigestion. Ginger is also effective against the symptoms of cold and flu as it boosts the immune system. Ginger may also reduce bad cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Ginger powder is known to provide relief from menstrual cramps. The health benefits of ginger not only extend to the body but it can also improve brain function in the elderly.
The possible health benefits of ginger:
- powerful antioxidant
- contains Gingerol
- low in calories
- protects against cancer
- fights infection
- calms the stomach
- relief from indigestion
- boosts the immune system
- lowers cholesterol
- stabilizes blood sugar levels
- prevents heart disease
- pain relief (menstrual cramps)
- improves brain function
This infographic shows you the health benefits of ginger and the positive impact it can have on your health if you add it to your diet. Following on from our infographic on the health benefits of strawberries, and most recently, the health benefits of matcha, we have created three recipes exclusively for HealthyTokyo, starring ginger. There are two savory recipes and one sweet recipe so you can taste the full flavor spectrum of ginger in these dishes! We hope you enjoy them!
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