Ginger

Ginger

Ginger

Formal Name: Ginger -Zingiber officinale
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information

History

Ginger is native to tropical regions of Asia. The plant was carried along trade routes in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean during the 5th century, allowing it to spread to other areas of the world. By the 16th century, ginger was commonly used in the cuisine of Africa and the Caribbean, as well as Asia. Originally, ginger was of great value to the Roman empire, where it was used primarily for its medicinal qualities.

Bodily Functions Ginger Assists

Ginger is a delicious herb that is known to act as a digestive aide and stomach calmer. It also works as an appetite stimulant by stimulating the flow of saliva and digestive fluids. A small amount of ginger ale or ginger tea taken in the morning will soothe the stomach and relieve morning sickness. The herb has been proven in clinical studies to prevent nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.

Foods High in Ginger

Ginger is most commonly found in ginger ale. Be sure to read the ingredients list of your favorite ginger-flavored soda, as the inclusion of real ginger is important. Some types of ginger ale will only include artificial ginger flavoring. Ginger is also a delicious ingredient in sauces, curries, and marinades. The herb is inherently sweet, tangy, and spicy, making it an excellent choice for adding some heat and zip to a number of recipes.

Ailment That Ginger Eliminates:
  • Reduces nausea
  • Prevents vomiting
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Treats diarrhea
  • Relieves indigestion
  • Relieves arthritis
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Ginger acts as a blood thinner, so it’s important to consult your doctor if you’re taking warfarin
  • Patients using insulin medication should avoid ginger
  • Ginger should be discontinued before undergoing surgery
  • Heartburn
  • Dermatitis

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