Health Benefits of Ginger

Health Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger is an underground rhizome widely used in cooking to spice up a dish, especially in Asian cuisine and also used in many homes as a herbal medicine. The flesh of the ginger can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of stomach problems, including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger Nutritional Facts

Ginger has good amount of minerals and vitamins, which aids in protecting us from various sicknesses.

NutrientsAmount Per 100 grams
Total fat0.8 g
Saturated fat0.2 g
Polyunsaturated fat0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat0.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium13 mg
Potassium415 mg
Total carbohydrate18 g
Dietary fiber2 g
Sugar1.7 g
Proteins1.8 g
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C8%
Vitamin D0%
Vitamin B-610%
Vitamin B-120%

Ginger Benefits

Weight loss: Ginger is an amazing food for weight loss. It produces heat in the body and thereby, improves blood circulation. It also helps lower the cholesterol levels.

Health Benefits of Ginger: Weight Loss

Increases Sperm Count: Ginger is a good source of several vitamins and minerals that protect against heart disease, which is a leading cause of death among men. It can help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Ginger is also found to be essential to a man’s sex drive and sperm count as it helps the body to produce testosterone.

Makes Your Skin Healthy: One of the most effective uses of ginger juice is that when consumed it helps reduce acne and psoriasis, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Treats Nausea and Vomiting: Chewing ginger could help reduce the sensation of nausea or vomiting due to motion sickness, seasickness, etc.

Health Benefits of Ginger: Reduce Vomiting

Aids in Digestion: Are you having a digestion problem? Eat ginger. It improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also helps in the break down of proteins in your food and protects your stomach against ulcer by promoting mucus secretion.

Relieves Menstrual Discomfort: Are you suffering from menstrual cramps? Drink ginger tea; it helps ease the pain and relax the muscles.

Fights Respiratory Problems: A cup of ginger tea can help relieve congestion associated with common cold, and also for the respiratory symptoms associated with environmental allergies.

Strengthens Immunity: Ginger contains high amounts of antioxidants. Consuming ginger tea may help strengthen your immunity.

Health Benefits of Ginger: Strengthens Immunity

Relieves Stress: Ginger tea has a combination of soothing aroma and healing properties that may help lower your stress and tension.

Ginger Recipes

Ginger Tea Recipe

  • ¼ cup of sliced ginger
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons of honey
Step 1: Boil water in the teapot and add the sliced ginger. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Strain the ginger and retain the tea.

Step 3: Add a teaspoon of honey, stir it well and serve hot.

Ginger Cookie Recipe

  • ¾ cup of butter
  • 2 cups of wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup of dark molasses
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon sugar
Step 1: Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 F).

Step 2: Stir the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl untill it becomes creamy and smooth.

Step 3: Blend the egg and molasses, then combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt, stir all these ingredients well into the molasses mixture till it forms a dough.

Step 4: Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll balls in the remaining sugar.

Step 5: Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased sheets.

Step 6: Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, once it is done allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a plate to cool completely.

Ginger root, raw

The nutritional values of "Ginger root, raw" per 100 grams are:

Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 80
Protein 1.8 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 17.8 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 16 mg 1.6 %
Copper, Cu 0.23 mg 11.3 %
Iron, Fe 0.6  mg 3.33 %
Magnesium, Mg 43 mg 10.75 %
Manganese, Mn 0.23 mg 11.45 %
Phosphorus, P 34 mg 3.4 %
Potassium, K 415  mg 11.86 %
Selenium, Se 0.7 mcg 1 %
Sodium, Na 13 mg 0.54 %
Zinc, Zn 0.34 mg 2.27 %
Vitamin A 0  IU 0 %
Vitamin C 5 mg 8.33 %
Vitamin B6 0.16 mg 8 %
Vitamin E 0.26 mg 0.87 %
Vitamin K 0.1  mcg 0.12 %
Riboflavin 0.03  mg 2 %
Thiamin 0.02 mg 1.67 %
Folate, DFE 11  mcg 2.75 %
Niacin 0.75  mg 3.75 %
Sugars 1.7 g
Fiber 2  g 8 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 78.89 g
Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
Carotene, beta 0  mcg
Choline 28.8 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
View all +
Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

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