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Ginger

Ginger has been recognised for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.

It is the spice that is perhaps best known for its ability to help the digestive system. Ginger contains gingerols and shogoals which are substances that can help to calm stomach acid and tone the muscles of the digestive tract.

Ginger can be an effective remedy for nausea and it doesn’t cause drowsiness unlike many medications.

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger oil can be massaged into sore muscles. When taken in standardized extract form, ginger can also be used to ease pain as it can lower the body’s level of prostaglandins (pain causing compounds).

Current studies into the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have also linked it to bowel health as a possible preventative for certain tumours.

Ginger is a useful herb to have in winter and summer. It is often included in decongestants for sinusitis and respiratory problems, and acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies.

Ginger has been used for centuries to add flavour to sweet and savoury dishes, and has become popular recently as an ingredient in smoothies.

Table: Nutritional Information for
10g Ginger, Fresh
Calories (kcal)

4.6

Protein (g) 0.2
Carbohydrate (g) 0.9
Fat (g) 0.1
Fibre (g) 0.0

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