While ginger is not the most common ingredient found in the everyday kitchen, perhaps it should be. Ginger root has a plethora of benefits, such as helping with UTIs and other infections and even fighting cancer.
Health Benefits of Ginger Root & Ginger Tea
You can simply add more ginger to your everyday dishes, or boil yourself a cup of ginger tea by simply boiling some ginger root for about 15 minutes, then drinking the tea. Hopefully after reading about some of ginger’s benefits below, you will keep some ginger root stocked in your pantry from now on.
1. Cancer Fighting Properties
Ginger has been shown to be especially helpful in treating certain types of cancers. In ovarian cancer, research shows that ginger can literally kill ovarian cancer cells. Ginger has also been suggested to help with breast, skin, kidney, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
2. IBS Help
Consuming more ginger can especially help those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, thanks to its calming effect on the bowels and digestive system.
3. Alzheimer’s Protection
Especially if Alzheimer’s runs in your family, you should incorporate more ginger into your diet. Research suggests that ginger can help protect and preserve brain cells therefore preventing, or at least postponing, Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Helps Maintain Healthy Weight
Ginger helps stimulate the digestive system and keep things flowing through, preventing your body from holding onto stuff it doesn’t need. Research also suggests that ginger can act as a fat burner and helps you feel full, both of which will directly help you to lose weight.
5. Glucose Management
Ginger helps keep blood glucose levels in check, which can be crucial in preventing or treating diabetes. This careful management of glucose also helps improve your energy level and help you lose weight.
6. Tired Muscles and Sore Joints
Ginger helps your muscles recover quickly and reduces fatigue. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger also helps address swollen, sore, and inflamed joints.
7. Improves Circulation
Ginger helps get your blood flowing, which can also give you more energy and help fight fatigue. Increasing your blood circulation is especially important for those that are sedentary, and also for those that have low blood pressure.
Ginger root is a great natural remedy for nausea, motion sickness, and morning sickness. Ginger has a very calming effect on the digestive tract and has none of the negative side effects of most prescription medications for these same symptoms.
9. Strengthens Immunity
Ginger helps strengthen your immune system, preventing sickness and helping you get rid of that pesky cold quicker. This is thanks to ginger’s antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties as well as its anti-inflammatory agents.
And the list goes on and on. Ginger root is easy to add into most of your recipes, and you probably won’t even notice it. Try adding some Ginger root powder to your salad dressings or even oatmeal. If you find that you can’t add enough ginger to your diet this way, drink a cup of ginger tea every night.
You can add some lemon to your tea to help with the flavor and get some additional benefits. Ginger is one of the most affordable and beneficial natural health supplements and should be added to your diet as much as possible.
How to Make Ginger Tea
The recipe below is from our friends over at MindBodyGreen.
- -1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- -2 cups filtered water
- –1 Tbsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup
- -½ lemon, juiced
- -1 cinnamon stick
- -Camomile flowers
- -Echinacea tincture
- -Fresh mint leaves
- -Pinch of cayenne pepper
Peel the ginger root with a peeler or with the back of a spoon.
Grate the ginger with a grater/zester. If you slice it, slice it thin and use more.
Infuse the ginger; if you add cinnamon, mint, camomile or cayenne, add it here.
If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add ginger and turn off heat. Put the lid on it and let it steep for 10 minutes.
If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
If you are using a saucepan, strain the water to remove the ginger.
Add fresh lemon juice and natural sweetener if you like. Stir and enjoy!
If you want a cold tea, let your tea cool down, store it in the fridge and add ice cubes before serving.