Dietary Value And Health Benefits Of Ginger

Ginger is a rhizome that finds wide use in flavoring and adding fragrance to foods and beverages. Ginger also has medicinal properties that justify its use in treating different conditions. For instance, there is a reference to the use of ginger for medicinal purposes in ancient Chinese, Arabic, Greek, and Arabic records. Ginger is consumed fresh or dried. In some cases, ginger is taken as tablets or capsules, especially when used as a dietary supplement. Ginger is also added to water and teas due to its health benefits and dietary value.

Health Benefits of Ginger

Gingerol is a phytochemical mainly found in fresh ginger. The phenolic compound possesses strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Gingerol accounts largely for the medicinal properties in ginger. Gingerol and other nutritional components of ginger confer various health benefits.

Ginger Prevents Cancer

Cancer prevalence has increased significantly in recent times. However, consuming ginger provides protection against the growth of malignant cells. 6-gingerol plays a key role in preventing cancer because of its anti-cancer properties. Although scientific evidence is still limited, several studies have explored the role of ginger in preventing cancer, with positive results. For instance, current evidence shows that ginger provides protective effects against pancreatic cancer.

Ginger Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol

Low-density lipoproteins or bad cholesterol contribute to the development of heart disease. However, adding ginger to the diet helps prevent the buildup of this form of cholesterol. A study with 85 participants who had high cholesterol levels demonstrated that taking three grams of ginger daily for 45 days leads to a significant decrease in total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, blood triglycerides, and very-low-density lipoprotein.

Ginger Fights Infections

Gingerol, the most abundant bioactive compound in raw ginger, is beneficial in preventing infections. The compound has anti-bacterial properties that inhibit the proliferation of disease-causing bacteria or pathogens. Evidence shows that ginger is effective even against drug-resistant microbes. Therefore, ginger can help manage diseases caused by drug-resistant pathogenic bacteria. Ginger also possesses antiviral properties. On this note, there is credible evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in preventing infections associated with the human respiratory syncytial (HRSV) virus.

Ginger Alleviates Pain

Ginger helps in relieving different types of pain. For instance, ginger is an effective remedy for reducing muscle pain. The anti-inflammatory properties, particularly help in alleviating pain in people who have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Ginger may as well help women who have menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea to relieve their discomfort. The intake of one gram of ginger powder daily in the first few days of menstruation provides clinically significant pain relief.

Ginger Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Ginger improves brain health and function by inhibiting the inflammatory responses that cause cognitive decline. It contains antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that prevent and remedy oxidative stress and brain inflammation. As a result, ginger helps the body get rid of the chemicals that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

Ginger Relieves Indigestion and Nausea

Chronic indigestion can become a source of discomfort and affect one’s quality of life. However, ginger alleviates this problem by speeding gastric emptying. One study found that ingesting 1.2 g of ginger powder every day before mealtime speeds up gastric emptying by 50 per cent.

Ginger also helps treat nausea in pregnant women and cancer patients, among others. In most cases, taking 1-1.5 g of ginger is considered adequate for treating nausea. Expectant mothers should exercise caution when taking a large amount of ginger. They should consult their doctor in such cases due to the risk of a miscarriage.

Nutrition Information of Raw Ginger Root

Raw Ginger Root Per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 333 kJ (80 kcal)
Carbohydrates17.77 g
Dietary fiber2.0 g
Protein  1.82 g
Sugars1.7 g
Fat0.75 g
VitaminsQuantity
Vitamin B60.16 mg
Vitamin C5 mg
Niacin (B3)0.75 mg
Pantothenic Acid (B5)0.203 mg
Riboflavin (B2)0.034 mg
Folate (B9)11 microgram
Thiamine (B1)0.025 mg
Vitamin E0.26 mg
MineralsQuantity
Magnesium43 mg
Manganese0.229 mg
Potassium415 mg
Iron0.6 mg
Phosphorus34 mg
Zinc0.34 mg
Calcium16 mg
Sodium13 mg
Other ConstituentsQuantity
Water78.9 g
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  94 comments for “Dietary Value And Health Benefits Of Ginger

  1. September 27, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Very interesting and thought provoking 😊🌺

    Liked by 9 people

  2. October 2, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Interesting!

    Liked by 9 people

  3. October 5, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Very neat and this post is timely. I just finished making some ginger syrup and besides healthy it’s delicious.

    Liked by 7 people

    • October 5, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you! It is also good to know you had a good experience with ginger. Ginger syrup has many health benefits, with the most important being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-boosting properties. You can check out more articles on my blog. And who knows? You might find something else even more interesting.😊

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      • October 5, 2020 at 7:54 pm

        I’m sure I will. Thank you very much. I will work with elderberries soon and I’m excited about it.

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      • October 5, 2020 at 8:16 pm

        That is great. You go for it. Clearly, elderberries are very good nutritionally and can confer many health benefits due to their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutritional components. I looking forward to reading more about them.

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      • October 5, 2020 at 8:21 pm

        Thank you for your encouragement and support. 😊

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  4. October 5, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    You’re most welcome. It is the least I can do. 😊

    Liked by 2 people

  5. October 5, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I love ginger and have a glass of ginger water or chai tea (with added ginger) every evening!

    Liked by 8 people

    • October 5, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      It is good to hear that you have had firsthand experience with ginger. Ginger is very beneficial when consumed. It is packed with antioxidants and other nutritional components that help with weight loss, digestion, pain management, and blood glucose regulation. So definitely, you receiving all these benefits and others.😊

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  6. October 7, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks ginger is so powerful!! Nice to meet you and thanks for following me; I am now following you!

    Liked by 6 people

    • October 8, 2020 at 12:09 am

      Yes, the medicinal properties make ginger a good addition to your diet. Nice to meet you too and thank you for following me.😊

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      • October 8, 2020 at 1:03 am

        And it tastes great. I juice it too. You are well and you are most welcome!! ❀️

        Liked by 2 people

      • October 8, 2020 at 6:05 am

        Taking ginger juice regularly helps you boost your immune system, improve your digestion, destroy cancer-causing molecules, and fight infections. Thank you!😊

        Liked by 1 person

      • October 8, 2020 at 6:38 am

        It sure does!!! You’re most welcome. ❀️

        Liked by 2 people

  7. October 14, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Quite insightful and informative πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ»

    Liked by 6 people

    • October 14, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you! I hope you’ll keep coming back for more. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm

        Your most welcome 😁

        Yes surely, it is always a great pleasure πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ’–

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  9. October 15, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Ginger is my friend. πŸ˜‹πŸŒΎ

    Liked by 5 people

  10. October 18, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you. Please check out my latest post related to health.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. October 19, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I love homemade ginger tea 🍡

    Liked by 6 people

  12. Lyn
    October 23, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Ginger is an amazing food! It totally saved me from a extremely bad stomach flu I got while traveling abroad. I had stayed in a really nice secluded hotel with complimentary bottled water. So, with nowhere to go, I of course drank the bottled water. At the end of my week long stay, I discovered the hotel staff refilling the glass bottles with faucet water…In short, the following week, I ended up swallowing small cut up pieces of fresh ginger to get some much needed relief. The ginger worked immediately to relieve all my profound symptoms…

    Liked by 6 people

    • October 23, 2020 at 6:28 am

      That is a very good testimony about the medicinal properties of ginger. In particular, its potent antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties had everything to do with your stomach relief .

      Like

  13. October 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Great informative article. I love ginger and use it often in cooking, teas, baked goods and as a supplement.

    Thanks for following my blog and introducing me to yours πŸ™‚

    Liked by 6 people

    • October 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you for the compliment and following my blog.😊 More importantly, for finding the time to read through this article. I am also very pleased you found it informative. I agree with you that ginger has become increasingly important today due to its medicinal and health benefits. Besides, it adds good flavor and aroma to our foods.

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  14. October 30, 2020 at 9:22 am

    It’s must for great health!!

    Liked by 5 people

  15. October 30, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Reblogged this on The Searchlight and commented:
    I love ginger and I sure enjoy it in my tea daily.

    Liked by 3 people

    • October 30, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you for reblogging this post. I believe it will now reach more people. Ginger is a very beneficial to the body and adding it to your tea daily enables you to harness these benefits and more.

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 30, 2020 at 12:49 pm

        You can say that again. The taste is superb, what with the aroma!

        Liked by 1 person

  16. bestketodiet1
    November 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    So informative, thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. November 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your website.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Navneet Kaur
    November 11, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Beautiful and well-researched piece of work. Informative and educative.

    Liked by 4 people

  19. Navneet Kaur
    November 11, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Well-researched and informative article. Good job!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. November 11, 2020 at 11:04 am

    We use ginger a lot in England too. Gingerbread is especially popular coming into Winter as is good for the lungs. Clears congestion. Thanks for article.

    Liked by 4 people

    • November 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      I agree, ginger is very beneficial in preventing and treating colds and respiratory infections due to its strong anti-Inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. November 14, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Pictures that make me go mmm

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Unknown Rafsan Jani
    November 22, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Informative…I like your post..

    Liked by 4 people

  23. stayfitstayhappy9
    November 23, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Very informative. And ginger is widely used in India for its various medicinal purposes.

    Liked by 3 people

  24. micahlegare1
    December 1, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Health benefits aside, people should consume it because it’s delicious. Ginger is fantastic!

    Liked by 2 people

  25. December 5, 2020 at 7:42 am

    A good article I drink ginger (made) with fresh ginger every day and also cook with ginger I am sure it contributes alongside a healthy diet to my continued good health πŸ™‚ Thank you for following CarolCooks2 πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 5, 2020 at 9:39 am

      You are most welcome CarolCooks2. I am glad to know you regularly consume ginger and get to enjoy its many health benefits.

      Like

  26. December 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for this…will use more in my cooking

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 5, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Yes, you should use it more. There are just too many benefits for you not to use ginger in your cooking. Thank you for reading my blog.

      Like

  27. December 6, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    very well written and information content.

    Liked by 3 people

  28. December 11, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I love ginger and keep a fresh root in my freezer. It’s easy to grate and slice frozen, and then I don’t risk it going bad. Thanks for the great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 11, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      I am glad you found this post helpful. Thank you for the insights as well. I am sure readers will find this information useful.

      Like

  29. December 12, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Very informative. Thank you for this information, it was a nice read.

    Liked by 2 people

  30. December 13, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Ginger is very useful. It can save several medical expenses.

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 13, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Yes, that is why it is always a good idea to use ginger as regularly as possible.

      Liked by 2 people

  31. December 19, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Very interesting

    Liked by 1 person

  32. December 21, 2020 at 3:01 am

    Ginger is truly amazing!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      Yes, indeed. Just the spice you need in your food or drink.

      Like

  33. December 29, 2020 at 12:11 am

    I’ve read many times about the health benefit of ginger. However, I found out that it gives me heart burns. What could be the cause of this?

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 29, 2020 at 11:44 am

      I agree that ginger sometimes can cause mild heartburn when taken in higher doses that is beyond 4 grams in a day. So, you should probably reduce the amount you use on a daily basis.

      Like

  34. January 6, 2021 at 8:49 am

    I’m so happy the benefits of Ginger are being shared!

    Liked by 1 person

  35. January 8, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Awesome

    Like

  36. January 9, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Reblogged this on .

    Like

  37. January 14, 2021 at 3:13 am

    I love fresh ginger, especially in tea!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 14, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      That is a healthy way to start your day, considering the benefits.

      Like

  38. HowieRich
    February 2, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I’m a regularly taking ginger water first thing in the morning, I use it for my Arthritis, I previously already new some of the benefits, but really glad that you found more benefits, to help me to continue daily drinking ginger water.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. February 23, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Ginger tea works well to cut down fats too! Just a fact.

    Liked by 1 person

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