Everything about ginger – the benefits and harm, healing propertiesand contraindications

Update: December 2018

Ginger has become popular in Russia recently, and yet
very ancient spice, it was very much appreciated in ancient Rome,
and brought from the camp of the East. He was added to meat dishes, desserts,
Stews, drinks and baked various gingerbread. Cultivated
Today, this culture is mainly in China, Ceylon, India,
Indonesia, as well as in Australia, Jamaica, West Africa
(Nigeria). Before you talk about ginger root – the benefits and harm
it for health, it is worth paying attention to the fact that
Russian supermarkets fresh ginger tubers and pickled most often
are of Chinese origin. Therefore it is important to know that it is impossible
use fresh ginger immediately. For the production of all
crops in China use huge doses
chemicals, pesticides, before transportation all products are also
undergoes processing (see the harm of Chinese pine nuts,
causing bitterness in the mouth).

Therefore, before using fresh ginger, its
must be thoroughly washed, cleaned, then placed in water on
hour to reduce the toxic effects on the body. Dry
the powder usually has impurities and is used for it
coarse root varieties – it is better not to use it. Dried root
changes its properties, intensifies anti-inflammatory and
analgesic effect, but stimulation of digestion is reduced.

Industrial production of this spice in China is very developed –
it is preserved in syrup, marinated, candied (boiled in sugar
syrup), used as an infusion. In countries where there is access to
fresh ginger, dried product is not in demand because
powder and taste, and the fragrance is limp. Commercial varieties of ginger depending
from processing is divided into:

  • White – Bengali or Jamaican – is the highest grade
  • Bleached – peeled and aged in calcareous
  • Black Barbados — uncleaned, but simply scalded or

Good for quality are not sluggish, dense, smooth fresh.
the roots, when breaking off, they should crunch, the aroma and taste of such
ginger is stronger. When choosing, preference should be given.
light and brilliant root, dark is much worse than light. If a
you get powder – it should not be white-gray, but
only sandy, light yellow, and must also be sealed
is packed.

Useful, healing properties of ginger root

Ginger contains a wide variety of nutrients, it has
very complex composition of up to 400 chemical compounds
therefore, it has a mass of healing properties. Cornu pleasant aroma
give essential oils, which in it is about 1-3%, burning taste 
– Gingerol (phenol-like substance) gives, it is saturated
natural sugars, carbohydrates, fats, resins, vitamins,
fiber, minerals:

  • Имбирный корень содержит достаточное количество Имбирь витаминов группы В (В6, В1, В9, В5, В2), а также
    vitamin a and c
  • In addition, it is rich in salts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, contains
    silicon, chromium, choline, zinc, asparagine, manganese
  • Contains essential amino acids – lysine,
    Фенилаланин, треонин, метионин и др., которые
    are synthesized by the body in very small quantities and must
    do with food
  • Oleic, caprylic nicotinic and linoleic acids
  • Essential oils that give it a spicy and tart flavor

How is ginger good for your health?

Promotes improvement of the digestive tract

Ginger is beneficial in improving appetite while speeding up
metabolism, its use is recommended for violations
cholesterol and fat metabolism, thanks to the irreplaceable
amino acids in its composition. This spice also contains
substances that improve blood flow, so the exchange is accelerated
substances and it can be used by those who struggle with excess weight,
because stimulating the burning of calories contributes
weight loss. Moreover, ginger helps to normalize
the work of the intestines, regulates peristalsis. Food,
that are seasoned with ginger root, can be better absorbed
by the body.

Anti-inflammatory effect

The most popular use of ginger root is prevention and
treatment of acute respiratory diseases, colds, bronchitis,
sore throats because it has mild anti-inflammatory
action. In some European countries for the treatment of colds
use ginger ale and beer, they are heated before use
and believe that this leads to a quick recovery. In China
egg omelet with ginger is a folk remedy for cough, also
root make special cough drops.

Analgesic effect

When any muscle, headache, joint pain – it contributes
reduce pain. At home use it
property of ginger can be as follows – grated root or its
the powder is mixed with water and applied as a compress on
painful place.


Another useful property of ginger is an antiemetic effect.
Numerous studies claim that this product is useful
to reduce nausea of ​​any origin. It reduces the manifestations
toxemia during pregnancy (see nausea during pregnancy), with
sea ​​sickness, with painful menstruation in women, reduces
nausea as a consequence of chemotherapy, nausea with motion sickness in


The benefits of ginger root are also that it is enough
strong antioxidant, it calms the nervous system, improves
memory, strengthens the immune system, helps to cope with stress,
improves visual acuity, concentration, helps
recover from flu, colds, is excellent

Contraindications ginger root and potential harm to

Information about the medicinal properties of ginger is very much, but with
various diseases, it can harm health. Benefit and harm
ginger should be counted by people who have any
serious health problems, chronic diseases. Many
believe that if it is a herbal remedy, then it can
использовать всем без ограничения без вреда для health. Have ginger
there are certain contraindications and
be sure to consult a doctor.

The essential oils and bitterness contained in the root can
have a negative effect in the presence of certain diseases
Gastrointestinal tract, namely gastritis, gastric ulcer, esophagus, 12 duodenal
intestines, with ulcerative colitis. Also dangerous it
use in food with esophageal reflux, diverticulosis and

Ginger can not be used simultaneously with some

  • antiarrhythmic drugs;
  • drugs that reduce blood pressure;
  • drugs that stimulate the work of the heart
  • sugar lowering drugs – it enhances their action, which
    leads to an increase in their action and side effects (see ginger with
    diabetes mellitus). It increases the risk of hypokalemia, and also reduces
    the effectiveness of beta-blockers.

When it is used, blood clotting is reduced, it follows
take into account when taking various drugs in which
the same side effects. With a tendency to bleed and
damage to small blood vessels – its use
contraindicated (uterine bleeding, hemorrhoids, etc.)

You can not take it with fever, high temperature – he
may contribute to its improvement. With viral infections, cold
with a low temperature, its intake is acceptable, and for flu with a high
temperature can not be consumed.

Potential harm to ginger root is possible with a stroke,
coronary heart disease, with heart attack and pre-infarction
condition, with hypertension. In the 2 and 3 trimester of pregnancy it
consumption is not advisable, as this may cause an increase
blood pressure.

For skin diseases, ginger may cause skin irritation.
or exacerbation of existing chronic skin diseases.

It is contraindicated in any liver disease – cirrhosis,
hepatitis, as well as with gallstone disease.

Everything is good in moderation, with excessive consumption of ginger can
allergic reactions, diarrhea or vomiting occur, therefore
abuse this product and the appearance of the disorder
digestion or allergies should stop consuming it.

How to store ginger root?

  • The entire stock of aromatic substances and essential oils is under
    skin, so it should be cleaned gently, thinner
  • Fresh root can retain freshness when stored in
    fridge no more than a week. Dry корень около 4 месяцев может
    retain useful properties.
  • When grinding it is better not to use wooden
    разделочную доску, впитывающей  сок корня
  • Ginger juice can irritate mucous membranes.
    shell, therefore, after contact with the fresh root should be carefully
    to wash hands
  • It is better to use a grater for grinding, it will help
    get rid of hard streaks that are at the root
  • To preserve ginger, it can be cleaned and poured with vodka,
    wine, and use for several weeks as root itself,
    and flavored drink as a seasoning.

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