Spotlight on Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)

Eat your way to better health

Zingiber officinale, commonly known as ginger, is a flowering plant used for its medicinal and culinary properties for over 2,000 years. The plant is native to Southeast Asia but is now cultivated in many other parts of the world.

The history of ginger can be traced back to ancient times when it was used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Ginger was also highly prized in ancient Rome, where it was used to flavor food and drinks and was often traded as a luxury spice.

In traditional medicine, ginger has been used to support a wide range of ailments, including digestive problems, respiratory concerns, and aches and pains. It is also used as a remedy for nausea – for both motion sickness and dreaded morning sickness during pregnancy. 

In modern times, ginger is widely recognized for both its culinary flair and health benefits!

More than just a culinary spice! 

Ginger offers a long list of health benefits:

  • Supports healthy inflammatory response – Ginger contains compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which have been shown to powerfully support a healthy inflammatory response. These compounds can help ease inflammatory concerns in the body.
  • Digestive health – Ginger has long been used to aid digestion and relieve gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, gas, and constipation. It can help stimulate the production of digestive juices and enzymes – improving the absorption of nutrients from food.
  • Nausea relief – Ginger has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting, including morning sickness in pregnant women.
  • Blood sugar regulation – Some studies have suggested ginger may help regulate blood sugar levels and support insulin sensitivity, making it useful for those with blood sugar related issues. 
  • Balance the microbiome – Ginger impacts and supports balance on microbial communities in the GI tract. 
  • Warming herb – In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is considered a "warming" herb that can help promote circulation and increase vitality.

Zingiber officinale, or ginger, has a long history of use as a medicinal plant. It is a versatile herb that can be used in many forms, including fresh, dried, and as a supplement. Incorporating ginger into your diet may help improve your health and well-being.