Ginger is one among the wonderful spice in Indian kitchen that leaves strong flavor to the curry. It also treats stomach aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Weight: 100g
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What is it?
Common name: ginger
Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
Part used: root
This fact sheet provides basic information about ginger—common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.
Ginger is a tropical plant that has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It is commonly used for cooking and medicinal purposes. Historically, ginger has been used in Asian medicine to treat stomach aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Today, ginger root powder is used as a folk or traditional remedy for postsurgery nausea; nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy; rheumatoid arthritis; osteoarthritis; and joint and muscle pain.
What is in it?
Active component: Gingerol, Zingiberene, Shogaols
Serving Size 100 g
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.2g 6 %
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13 %
Cholesterol 0mg 0 %
Sodium 27mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 72g 24 %
Dietary Fiber 14g 56 %
Protein 9g 18 %
Vitamin A 0 % • Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 11 % • Iron 110 %
Daily values are based on 2000 calorie diet
How it will help you?
• Dried ginger powder has been used in traditional medicine to relieve gastrointestinal distress. It is known to be effective in eliminating gas in the intestines as well as acts in a way to help in the relaxation of the tract.
• Recent studies have also shown that ginger powder also is very beneficial in the prevention of the symptoms related to motion sickness, being even more effective than other medications purchased from medical stores.
• It reduces symptoms closely related to motion sickness which includes nausea and cold sweats, dizziness and vomiting. This action has proven very beneficial in treating 'morning sickness' in pregnant women. Unlike anti-emetic drugs which may cause birth defects, the use of ginger powder is considered very safe and the dosage too needs to be very small.
• Gingerols in dried ginger powder have very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Clinical studies have shown that many people suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis experienced decrease in their level of pain after consuming ginger regularly. They also experience improved joint mobility in affected areas. A recent study over a twelve month period found that in cases of arthritis of the knee, people who consumed ginger powder also experienced significantly lesser pain than the others on movement. A measurement of the knee circumference showed a decrease of almost 10% by the twelfth week due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
• Gingerols may also prevent the growth and spread of colorectal cancer cells. Experiments have shown that they may also kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and auto phagocytosis (self-digestion).
• Ginger powder can promote sweating which can help lower body temperature, helpful when treating colds and flus. This process also helps the body get rid of toxins. It has such a rich concentration of active compounds that very little is required to receive its beneficial effects.
• Ginger powder tea can be made by adding a pinch of dried ginger powder to a cup of boiling water. This will help treat digestive disorders. Alternatively, the powder can be added to a cup of tea to make it more palatable.
How to take
Ginger Powder: 1/3 teaspoon of powder up to three times a day.
Mix ½ teaspoon ginger powder with moderately warm water and drink the mixture in the morning, 30 minutes before breakfast.