Ginger has been touted as cure-all in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and for a food reason. According to Karen Ansel, registered dietician and author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging: Stay Younger Live Longer, the overall health benefits of this ancient root as indeed wide-ranging.
As an added bonus, it is extremely versatile, you can add it to your smoothie, add it to soup, grate some on a stir-fry, or sip ginger tea. Not to mention its health benefits, whose list is quite extended. Here are some od them:
- It can reduce pain
Ginger contains gingerols, substances which reduce inflammation and destroy pain-causing compounds in the body.
- It can help you digest quicker after a meal
According to Christy Brissette, registered dietician and president of 80 Twenty Nutrition, a cup of ginger tea helps the stomach empty faster, so foot doesn’t sit there after a heavy meal.
- It can ease period cramps
According to Jessica Perez, a registered dietitian. “I firmly believe ginger is one of the best natural forms of medicine.” “It helps with so many inflammatory processes.”
- It can ward off cardiovascular disease
Ginger prevents the formation of blood clots, which makes it an effective preventative measure against stoke and heart disease.
- It can help boost immunity
Not only do gingerols fight inflammation, they also provide antifungal and antimicrobial properties which fight infections and boost immunity.
- It can reduce nausea
Ginger is a proven remedy for nausea, whether it is a hangover, chemotherapy-related nausea, pregnancy`s morning sickness, or motion sickness.
- It may help protect against cancer
Although no single ingredient has the ability to ward off serious disease, ginger is packed with antioxidants which help protect the body from cancer.
Not that you have learned more about the benefits of this ancient root, it is time to learn how to grow it at home and have an endless supply of it all year round!
First and foremost, it is important to be careful when buying a ginger root. Don’t buy ginger root from the grocery store as these products might be sprayed with chemicals and might contain ingrown inhibitors. Instead, purchase a ginger root from a garden center or from an online seed catalog.
- Take a wide and shallow pot and fill it with potting soil
- Place the ginger root in water and soak it overnight
- In the morning, place the root in the soil with the buds pointing upward. Make sure the roots are covered with two inches of soil
- Water the root well and place the pot in a cozy and warm place, but not on direct sunlight
- To keep it most, water regularly using a spray bottle
As you can see, ginger needs low maintenance, meaning that you can grow it easily in the comfort of your own house. Once you cut off a piece of it, the rest will keep on growing.