What is Ginger Good For?
Ginger is an aromatic herb produced from the root, or rhizome, of a tropical flowering plant. Ginger has been used for many centuries both as a spice and a medicine.
I think it was Hippocrates who said, “let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”, and ginger is both a wonderful food and medicine.
As a medicine, ginger has been used to treat stomach ache, diarrhea, and nausea, basically things to do with your bowels.
Ginger as a food
As a food, ginger is a fabulous source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, potassium, and magnesium. It can be added to sauces, soups, curries, and many other dishes, where it imparts its wonderful flavour and taste.
There are lots of conflicting reports of the effectiveness or otherwise of vitamin C, but I’m sure it is essential to our wellbeing. However, I don’t get hung up about the vitamin, but rather like to get all essential nutrients each and every day. Ginger certainly helps me to do this.
You can use fresh ginger, which is the best kind, or you can find powdered ginger, which can be stored for a long period, if you can’t find the fresh stuff.
I often add fresh ginger to my smoothies in the morning, and to all my curries, as it’s good for the stomach and intestines.
Why Eat Ginger…
Ginger is a natural food and medicine, as I said, and it would never have been considered a medicine unless people had noticed that it did have beneficial effects on the body.
You’ll read lots about ginger’s efficacy on the web, but the one thing you really need to know is that it tastes great and is bloody good for you. Therefore, my advice to you is to eat ginger every day, preferably fresh ginger.