Nutritional And Medicinal Value Of Ginger



A root plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family and having numerous uses, ginger as a herb have been used for more than 2000 years for both medicinal and nutritional purpose. It is added in food, in tea, bread, soap and supplements. No wonder today some has tagged ginger as "world healthiest herb". Ginger efficacy for therapeutic uses can never be over emphasize. Ginger has been proven to prevent and treat so many ailment affecting mankind. It has the ability to cure so many diseases and conditions. It nutritional value is worth noting. 

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Nutritional value of ginger
Fresh, Nutrient value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy80 Kcal4%
Carbohydrates17.77 g13.5%
Protein1.82 g3%
Total Fat0.75 g3%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber2.0 g5%
Vitamins

Folates11 µg3%
Niacin0.750 mg4.5%
Pantothenic acid0.203 mg4%
Pyridoxine0.160 mg12%
Vitamin A0 IU0%
Vitamin C5 mg8%
Vitamin E0.26 mg1.5%
Vitamin K0.1 µg0%
Electrolytes

Sodium13 mg1%
Potassium415 mg9%
Minerals

Calcium16 mg1.6%
Copper0.226 mg25%
Iron0.60 mg7.5%
Magnesium43 mg11%
Manganese0.229 mg10%
Phosphorus34 mg5%
Zinc0.34 mg3%

Medicinal value of ginger 
*. Ginger is used to treat stomach irritation and upset. For healthy stomach ginger is ideal.
*. It protects the gut from bacterial and viral infections.
*. Ginger has anticancer properties. Researchers claim it can slow or kill ovarian and colon cancers.
*. It is good for morning sickness. Ladies will know better.
*. Ginger will relieve you of sore throat or pain when it is chewed raw after a meal.
*. It is perfect for cold, flu and cough. Making an infusion of ginger in boiling water will do the healing that one desire.
*. It has been beneficial to many in treating pain and inflammation and also used to relieve arthritic conditions.
*. Ginger can also be use to ease menstrual cramp.

How to make homemade tea using ginger
To make infusion of ginger tea, cut fresh ginger into slices, add a one cup of water and boil at low heat for 10 minutes. Sip out the liquid to drink. You can also eat the slices. This recipe can be taken 3 times daily before a meal.

Warning: Never take ginger if you are taking blood thinner. If you must do, please consult your doctor. Good for stomach problem, ginger can also cause stomach upset if taken in large quantity.

13 comments:

  1. I know that ginger is beneficial (and yummy) but seldom actually buy it. This is a great reminder and helpful list of ways it can aid our nutrition and health.

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  2. I heard of many of the benefits of ginger before, but somehow forget about it when I most need it. Thanks for the reminder. I did not know about not taking ginger if on blood thinners.

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  3. I knew about ginger as a tummy settler and have used it several times for that. Good info on all the other benefits!

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  4. Thanks for this. While I knew about Ginger for upset stomachs, I had no idea about the other uses.

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  5. It is so funny that now, after we are being bombarded with ads for every new type of medicine, that people are now accepting remedies that were used ages ago. Natural remedies seem to have fewer side effects than medicine. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I was drinking ginger tea to tame my acidity. It worked. thanks for sharing good news about ginger.

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  7. I love ginger in any form so it's very good to know it's has such great health benefits. Some of the things I was aware of, others not so much such as treating pain and inflammation. That is very good info :-).

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  8. When I'm sick, I regularly make an infusion of ginger in boiling water, along with lemon, a bit of cinnamon and sometimes even a splash of whiskey (don't tell anyone) ;) It's a fantastic cure for what ails.

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  9. I won't tell anyone. Thanks for sharing it though.

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  10. Hi; thanks for sharing the health benefits of ginger. I also thought it was good of you to warn people not to take it if they are taking certain medicines. It shows you really know your material. thanks for sharing, max

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  11. I absolutely LOVE ginger and know that it has so many healing properties! Thanks for the complete list you've shared here. I've bookmarked this as it is a fabulous resource!

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  12. Like many others before me, I knew ginger was really beneficial but I didn't know all of those points. And that ginger tea sounds amazing! Thanks for that recipe!

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  13. wow so ginger can do all of these!

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