Ginger not only adds delicious flavor to food — it’s also full of nutrients. Today, people still consider ginger a natural way to soothe an upset stomach, and there’s research to back up its health benefits.
I. Ginger - Medicinal Spice
Ginger is a type of root that is mainly grown in Highlands and Northwest regions of Vietnam, but it has now been widely spread by farmers all over the world.
Ginger has a spicy and warm taste and is one of the healthiest and most delicious spices in the world. It is often used as a spice to season food. In particular, it contains gingerol - a compound that has anti-inflammatory effects, reduces stress, and prevents nausea.
II. Nutrition Facts of ginger
According to research, 100g of fresh ginger contains about 80 calories, 17.77g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of protein, 5mg of vitamin C, 0.26mg of vitamin E, 43mg of magnesium, 0.6mg of iron, 415mg of potassium, and 0.75g of fat. Ginger is considered a safe food to eat as part of a healthy diet.
1. Soothes stomach pain
Compounds in ginger have been shown to help soothe stomach pain and support digestion, improving symptoms of indigestion.
2. Reduces nausea
Thanks to the compound gingerol, daily ginger consumption can help reduce nausea, making it ideal for pregnant women and especially those undergoing chemotherapy.
3. Reduces menstrual bleeding
Eating ginger regularly helps to warm the stomach and reduce the amount of bleeding during menstruation. One study found that women who took 250mg ginger capsules four times a day had pain-relieving effects similar to those taking 250mg mefenamic acid or 400mg ibuprofen capsules four times a day.
4. Highly effective for weight loss
Ginger plays a significant role in weight loss. It also helps to reduce body mass index (BMI) and insulin levels in the blood.
5. Lowers bad cholesterol levels in the blood
In addition, ginger can significantly reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the blood, protecting you from heart disease and high blood pressure.
III. How to use and store ginger
1. How to use
Ginger can be used as a spice in dishes, providing a mild spicy and warming flavor to dishes such as Indian curry, grilled chicken, chicken stew, chicken soup, apple cake, salad dressing, or cocktails.
2. How to store
To help your ginger stay fresher for longer, make sure to place it in an air-tight food storage container or sealed plastic bag, and then store it in the crisper drawer in the fridge.