Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger (white/black stag headed root) is a true miracle of Asian nature, which is widely used for 5000 years. This root is used in Vedic medicine. It is also used as a spice in Arabic and European countries. Stag headed root is used to treat a whole range of the illnesses as well as to help one to lose some weight. It is also used in cooking and during some beauty procedures.
Health Benefits of the Stag Headed Root
Ginger root has favorable impact on the human body due to the following substances it contains:
- Full range of essential amino acids;
- Vitamins А, С and vitamins В;
- Minerals such as Fe, K, Ca, Mg, P, Zn.
Thanks to presence of the cineole, bisabolene, beta-carotene, caffeic acid, curcumin, linalool and capsaicin, this root has the following properties:
Antiviral Effect and Ability to Treat Common Cold
Ginger is acting as a natural antibiotic when used to treat common cold; it brings down inflammation in mouth and throat and reduces the cough. It also helps to remove toxic substances from human body and increases sweating. Steam inhalations with ginger oil and ginger extract are used to treat viral infections and common cold. It is also recommended to have some tea with ginger, honey and lemon.
Ginger tea should be used by singers and actors as it helps to get vocal cords into good shape. Used regularly, ginger boosts up the immune system and keeps one in good health.
Ginger Impact upon Female and Male Health
Regular consumption of the ginger root increases sexual desire and libido, it increases the blood supply to the pelvic organs helping to treat prostatitis, sexual issues and hypofunction of the ovaries. Ginger decreases pain and muscle cramps during periods. However, one should always consult doctor prior using this root for this purpose as the ginger root can decrease the blood clotting ability giving a rise to all sorts of bleeding.
Ginger Root for Weight Loss
Ginger normalizes fat and cholesterol metabolism, boosts up metabolism and furthers quick breakdown of the fatty deposits during weight loss. To lose weight, one can consume ginger in a form of extract, tea or as a powder. It is also possible to take concentrated supplements containing ginger extract such as special drinks, pills and capsulated fat burners).
Cooking with Fresh Ginger: Impact on Intestinal Tract
Ginger is used in different ways when it comes to cooking. Stag headed root is added to meals as a powdered spice. It is also pickled and used as a snack. Ginger is used in pastries, jams and sauces. The most popular way to use ginger is to add it up to the tea along with lemon, honey, cinnamon, anise seeds, mint and cranberries. It really doesn’t matter in what form one decides to consume the ginger root. The most important is that if not contraindicated for the particular person in question, the use of ginger root will result in improved digestion, increased vermicular movements of the intestinal tract, and fine food digestion as well as stool normalization.
Aesthetic Medicine and Aromatherapy
Ginger oil and powder are widely used in aesthetic medicine as ginger root contains very valuable substances which help to rejuvenate the human body. Below are some examples of beauty products containing ginger oil and powder:
- Antiseptic skincare products for problematic skin;
- Products designed to stimulate local blood circulation of the hairy part of head and strengthen hair;
- Anti-aging facial skincare products;
- Anti-cellulite creams.
Ginger oil is used during massage sessions as it helps to relieve muscle and joint pain and gently warms up skin. To cope with pain in presence of chronic rheumatic fever and musculoskeletal system disorders, one should apply products containing ginger to the problematic places as well as take bath with ginger oil. Ginger oil is widely used in aromatherapy to treat psycho-emotional disorders, relieve stress and improve one’s mood.
Side Effects of Ginger Use
Despite of quite obvious benefits such as increased metabolism, weight loss, cleansing body from toxic substances and antiseptic effect ginger root has, its use is contraindicated in some cases:
- Pregnancy (ginger root increases muscle tone of the uterus, therefore its use can endanger the fetus life);
- Breastfeeding (ginger enters the mother’s bloodstream and can cause the diarrhea and allergic reactions in baby);
- Inflammatory stomach and intestinal tract disorders including stomach ulcer, gastroduodenitis and GERD as ginger root has irritating impact on the mucous membrane);
- Kidney stone disease as ginger root furthers stone formation;
- Liver disorders (ginger root stimulates secretory function of the damaged cells);
- Uterine and rectal bleedings as ginger root furthers blood thinning;
- High blood pressure and heart rhythm-related issues as ginger root consumption can result in increase of the blood pressure and cause hypertonic crisis;
- Use of some specific drugs (ginger root lowers down the effect of coagulants, antiarrhythmic means as well as means lowering blood pressure as well as increases the effect of anticoagulants and drugs stimulating the heart function).
Overdose can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. In most cases, overdose is only possible when ginger oil and strong ginger tea are used in large amounts. In all other cases, ginger can be safely used as a spice or to treat different disorders depending on individual need.