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That's how healthy ginger is

  1. Not a pregnant, nauseous woman who has not been advised to take ginger for nausea. In Chinese medicine, ginger has been known for centuries for its positive effect on the stomach and digestion. But not only that, ginger could also be beneficial for the flu and even prevent colon cancer.

  1. What exactly is ginger? Ginger is a tuber of the ginger plant. It was already used in the Middle Ages to flavor dishes. You don't eat ginger pure, you make dishes tastier with it. You can buy ginger as a fresh tuber, but also candied, as a powder or as a syrup. In Chinese medicine ginger is known for its positive effect on the digestive system, the stomach area and the lungs. In addition, ginger is said to have an analgesic effect. Nowadays, it is no longer only Chinese medicine that believes in the beneficial effects of ginger. Several scientific studies have shown that ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds.

Colon cancer

  1. Research has also shown that ginger can help prevent tumor formation. Research from the University of Michigan shows that certain ingredients contained in ginger may play a role in the prevention of colon cancer. The first research results are favorable. Follow-up research should reveal whether this is actually the case. In addition, taking a ginger supplement caused a number of side effects such as flatulence, heartburn and stomach discomfort.


  1. In addition, ginger appears to be effective in diabetes. Australian scientists at the University of Sydney discovered that ginger controls blood glucose. The root tuber appears to be able to increase the glucose uptake in the muscle cells independently of insulin. This also requires further research first.


  1. What ginger certainly helps against is nausea and the flu. Ginger is often used to soothe these complaints. Add freshly grated ginger to other foods or have a glass of ginger tea or ginger ale.


  1. Research has also shown that ginger helps with migraines. Sumatriptan, a migraine medicine, has been compared to one-eighth of a teaspoon of ginger powder. As it turned out, the ginger works just as well and just as quickly as the medicine. In addition, 20 percent of the drug had side effects such as palpitations, dizziness and heartburn, while with the ginger powder, only one in twenty-five people reported some stomach upset. Not a bad outcome, if only because one-eighth of a teaspoon is much cheaper than the drug.

Menstrual complaints

  1. Ginger also seems to help with menstrual pain. In one study, women were given a quarter of a teaspoon of ginger powder three times during the first three days of their period. On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain in this group decreased from seven to five, while the group given a placebo noticed no change. Even one-eighth of a teaspoon of ginger powder reduced the pain from eight to six. In the end, ginger powder was compared to ibuprofen and yes, the ginger worked just as well. When buying ginger, make sure the tubers are firm and not dried out. If there are shoots on the tubers, that is no problem. You can use it, but the taste is less strong. Fresh ginger can be stored in an open plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator for about two to three weeks. Candied ginger and ginger powder can be kept for months.

How to peel ginger

  1. When peeling ginger you quickly cut away more than the skin. You can easily solve this by peeling the ginger with a spoon. See how to do this here. Do you like ginger? For inspiration, a number of recipes that contain ginger are listed: Ginger and pear smoothie Steamed salmon with miso and ginger Stir-fried meat with bok choy Stuffed trout with ginger sauce Noodle with beef and bok choy

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