GINGER – BENEFITS AND DANGERS
By Salamatu Mohammad
Ginger is among the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet.
It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal.The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.
Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes.
The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger Can Treat Many Forms of Nausea, Especially Morning Sickness.For example, it has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication.
Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
According to a review of 12 studies that included a total of 1,278 pregnant women, 1.1-1.5 grams of ginger can significantly reduce symptoms of nausea .
Although ginger is considered safe, talk to your doctor before taking large amounts if you are pregnant. Some believe that large amounts can raise the risk of miscarriage, but there are currently no studies to support this.
Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.
In one study, consuming 2 grams of ginger per day, for 11 days, significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises.Ginger does not have an immediate impact, but may be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain. These effects are believed to be mediated by the anti-inflammatory properties.
Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia) is characterized by recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach.it is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major driver of indigestion.Interestingly, ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition.
Menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) refers to pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle.One of the traditional uses of ginger is for pain relief, including menstrual pain.
In one study, 150 women were instructed to take 1 gram of ginger powder per day, for the first 3 days of the menstrual period (14).Ginger managed to reduce pain as effectively as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.
Ginger can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, this applies not only to the herb, but also any ingredient present in the herb. The same has been suggested in a report published by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Certain experts believe that ginger could cause bleeding due to its antiplatelet (blood thinning) properties. And when taken along with other herbs like clove, garlic, ginseng, and red clover, ginseng can further increase the risk of excessive bleeding.
Conclusively Ginger consumption should be controlled. children between the ages of 2 and 6 years, not more than 2 mg of ginger root in a day.adults, no more than 4 grams of ginger root in a day. pregnant women, no more than 1 gram of ginger root in a day.