The Benefits of the Ginger Root

This entry is part 4 of the series Juicing 101

(Originally published September 2010. Updated 30 May, 2017)

Ginger is a knobbly underground root or stem, also known as a rhizome. While I don’t understand why this tangy spice is recommended for stomach and digestive upsets, the evidence is clear. It has many health benefits.

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Benefits of the Ginger Root

  • It helps to overcome nausea, particularly with motion sickness and as a side effect of chemotherapy. (Note: Check with your doctor if you’re on chemo.)
  • The spice is a natural antihistamine and has anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties. Use it therefore for the prevention and treatment of coughs, cold and allergies.
  • The antispasmodic properties of the spice often brings relief for bloating and gas.
  • Try easing your arthritic and muscular disorders with its anti inflammatory properties.
  • It promotes the secretion of mucus, so offers protection against the development of ulcers.
  • It also helps lower cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots. (If you’re on blood thinners, please speak to your medical expert before taking ginger on a regular basis.)
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Use of Ginger:

Four simple ways of preparing it are as follows:

  • Peel the ginger with a spoon. Use the edge of the spoon and scrape away the papery skin with firm strokes.
  • Peel the ginger with a vegetable peeler. 
  • Grate with a course grater.
  • Mince it. 

Possible Side-Effects

There don’t seem to be many side-effects, especially if taken in low dose, such as in drinks.

However, if you are on chemotherapy, chronic medication or pregnant, always consult your medical practitioner before taking it regularly.

It is especially important to avoid regular drinks with ginger if you’re pregnant as some experts worry it could raise the risk of miscarriage. 

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Now you know about its uses, try some or all of these:

  • Add grated or pureed ginger to cream soup in winter.
  • Use it in baked fish recipes.
  • Cut up a chunk of unpeeled ginger and pour boiling water on it. Serve with a little honey and a dash of fresh lemon and it makes a healthy and tasty winter tonic.
  • Grate a small amount into stir-fry to add some tang to the flavor.
  • When you bake, add some to your favorite recipes.

Next Tuesday:

Come back for a delicious tonic/drink using ginger. 

6 comments on “The Benefits of the Ginger Root

  1. great post with amazing tips,I use ginger so often in the winter but I forget about it in the summer days,I’ll try and include it in my meals from now on,thank you for sharing

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  2. My husband uses the root in some cooking. I’ve used it to control motion sickness. As you say, the root has so many uses. It’s not for just ginger ale! And, in upstate New York, where it doesn’t grow well, we grow a small supply each year in a large pot. Two successes, one (last year) failure. We just planted the ginger this past weekend in its pot, and hope for a successful crop.

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