Ginger, also known as kion or quion, is an aromatic plant, used for centuries, as a condiment in cooking.
It belongs to the tuber family, and is an underground rhizome (root), with an intense citrus aroma and spicy flavor. This is due to the content of several essential oils, mainly the gingerols.
The healing properties of ginger come from these essential oils. Since they have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and help to improve many chronic diseases. For example, from colds and nausea, to arthritis, migraines, and heart disease.
The medicinal benefits of ginger
We will see next, a brief description of some of the many benefits of *ginger.
Ginger has the property of reducing the sensation of nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo, which makes it a perfect travel companion. In addition, it is an excellent remedy to treat nausea typical of pregnancies.
Ginger is a natural vasodilator and anticoagulant. Above all, it reduces the risks of heart disease and improves blood circulation. Also, it helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and high triglyceride levels.
Relieves joint pain, arthritic or rheumatic, as it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Therefore, it improves the mobility of the affected body part.
It has a high content of magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, minerals that participate in muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Therefore, it is a useful remedy to prevent and combat muscle spasms and muscle weakness.
Its compounds stimulate gastric juices and digestion, relieving heartburn, ulcers and other digestive problems.
Also, ginger helps improve intestinal flora, avoiding abdominal swelling and meteorism.
Ginger consumption increases immunity. For example, in case of a cold, flu, or cough, *ginger root can relieve symptoms. Above all, for its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties.
Ginger blocks the effects of prostaglandin, a substance that causes inflammation in the blood vessels in the brain, and origins acute headaches (migraines).
For the skin
Ginger root has a high level of antioxidants, gingerol. Which helps protect the skin from free radical damage, and also makes it softer and moisturized.
Form of presentation
Ginger can be used fresh, dried and powdered. Also, it has other presentations, such as essential oil, juice or capsules.
Do not consume ginger, or drink it as a tea, during pregnancy, without consulting your doctor.