Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Indian medicine systems and has long been treasured for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. Ginger actually comes from the root of the ginger plant, hence its gnarly, root-like appearance. This spicy, aromatic herb is probably best known for providing relief from nausea and motion sickness, but more recently it’s being studied for its cancer prevention properties.
Ginger contains several components shown to have anti-cancer effects including gingerols and shogaols. Gingerols are a powerful anti-inflammatory and are also responsible for giving ginger its distinctive flavor. Shogaol is also an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to suppress cancer cell invasion in breast cancer cells. Shogaol has also been to shown to promote breast cancer cell death while also protecting healthy cells. Both raw and cooked ginger, appear to provide these benefits against breast cancer.
The powerful anti-inflammatory effects of ginger alone make it an ally in cancer prevention. We know that inflammation can be at the root of many different cancers. Ginger has shown particularly great promise in fighting colon cancer and ovarian cancer.
If possible choose fresh ginger over the dried version, as it contains higher levels of gingerol and anti-inflammatory compounds, not to mention the fresh flavor is fantastic!
Ginger can also alleviate the nausea caused by chemotherapy.
SPECIAL NOTE: Always ask your doctor about adding in anything new to your diet, especially when going through any type of treatment.
Ginger contains numerous compounds that have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-arthritic effects. Amazing! It can also help relieve muscle aches, headaches and migraines. Ginger is also very effective at treating colds, coughs, bronchitis and the flu. This is where a nice cup of warm ginger and honey come in! Ginger has been traditionally used to aid in digestion and is added to many Asian dishes for this purpose. It can also treat a stomach upset and as mentioned before nausea of any kind!
You don't have to use very much to receive its beneficial effects. For nausea, ginger tea made by steeping one or two 1/2-inch slices (one 1/2-inch slice equals 2/3 of an ounce) of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water will likely be all you need to settle your stomach.
Fresh ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks if it is left unpeeled and will keep for up to six months in the freezer if stored unpeeled. So don’t be put off by that big piece of ginger root and think you won’t be able to use it all. Keep it in the freezer and it will be ready to grate or chop in to tea or any recipe whenever you need it.
Ginger can be used in so many ways. It’s great in homemade juice, smoothies, salad dressings, soups, stir fries and so much more!
Honey Ginger Green Beans
Delicious and healthy in so many ways! From Aly at Cooking in Stilettos www.cookinginstilettos.com
Raw Gingerbread Cookies + Balls
A wee seasonal treat from Amanda at Raw Manda www.rawmanda.com
The Anti-Bloat Smoothie
This smoothie from Maryea at Happy Healthy Mama www.happyhealthymama.com
really showcases gingers anti-inflammatory properties!
Carrot and Ginger Soup
I know I’m getting carried away with the soup recipes, but there are just so many fabulous ones, like this one from Marie at Citron Limette www.citronlimette.com
, and it IS soup season :)
Do you have any fun or unusual ways you include ginger in your life? Share below.