Ginger, a health helper
Ginger root, also commonly referred to as ginger, is a spice that comes from the underground stem of the ginger plant. Closely related to turmeric and cardamom, ginger is often used in Indian and Chinese cuisines. It has been used as a medicine for at least 2,000 years. In the fourth century BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates recommended it for digestive disorders. Today, it is used in more than half of known herbal remedies. Ginger beer contains only minimal levels of ginger. Still, actual ginger can really ease bloating, gas, and other symptoms related to digestion.
What Is Gingerol?
While gingerol gives ginger its strong taste, it also has several compounds responsible for its health benefits, including antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory properties, and potential benefits to cardiovascular health. What Are the Benefits of Eating Ginger Every Day? There are many benefits of eating ginger every day. Not only does it help fight inflammation, but it also helps regulate blood sugar levels and insulin production. Gingerol may also increase your calorie burn when consumed before a workout!.
Digestion SupportYou know what helps a sour stomach? Ginger.
Ginger, part of the Zingiberaceae family, contains a compound called gingerol (remember?), which helps with gastrointestinal functions. This is probably one of the most well-known benefits of ginger. In fact, it's known for speeding up the process of clearing the stomach, which can help with indigestion, nausea, or vomiting. Gingerol also works by relaxing the gastrointestinal muscles, which can soothe a sour stomach. Studies also reveal that gingerol can work with your brain and nervous system to reduce vertigo-induced nausea. Plus, it's been known to help relieve morning sickness during pregnancy in a similar way.
Historically, sailors relied on ginger to avoid scurvy when out at sea for long periods without access to fresh fruit and veggies. High in vitamin C, ginger can support a healthy immune system. Antioxidants can also boost the immune system. And while all spices contain antioxidants, ginger appears to be exceptionally powerful in this regard, with 25 varying antioxidant properties. Ginger is also considered thermogenic, meaning it can warm up the body and promote healthy sweating that can help relieve cold symptoms from the body. Ginger also has a high bioavailability, thanks to its concentrated amount of active ingredients easy for the body to absorb. This means you can feel the effects of ginger even when consuming small amounts. While ginger can work wonders on the body all on its own, mixing ginger with vitamin C-rich lemon has been used to boost the immune system and reduce cold symptoms for centuries.
Centuries after century, the gut health benefits of ginger root hold up. (yes, really) When we started Little Elephant, we knew we needed to experiment with using this mighty spice in our tonic recipes. Ginger is heavily featured in our turmeric and ginger shot, RECOVER
The benefits of ginger root are powerful and unique—we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!