Ginger contains water , carbohydrates , proteins , amino acids , various mineral salts including manganese, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc, B vitamins, vitamin E and essential oil. This spice has many healing properties .
Let’s now look at its nutritional characteristics in detail.
Nutritional values for 100g of fresh ginger: water 78.89 g kcal 80 Protein 1.82 g Carbohydrates 17.77 g fibers 2.0 g Grassi 0.75 g Sodium 13 mg Potassium 415 mg Phosphorus 34 mg Football 16 mg Magnesium 43 mg Iron 0.6 mg Zinc 0.34 mg C vitamin 5 mg Vitamin B2 0.034 mg Vitamin B3 0.75 mg Vitamin B6 0.16 mg folate 11 μg Vitamin E 0.26 mg Glycemic index 15 Cholesterol 0 g (USDA source)
Recently, a group of researchers from the Hormel Institute (University of Minnesota) has highlighted antitumor properties of this spice in cases of colorectal carcinomas: taking ginger every day in fact, would have a protective function against colorectal cancer. Ann Bode, the researcher in charge of the study, said: ” the plants of the ginger family are attributed preventive and therapeutic powers, as well as an anti-cancer activity “.
Ginger against nausea
Thanks to its properties, ginger is traditionally used as a digestive and bitter-tonic . Scientific studies have shown a real efficacy of ginger against nausea , in particular it is highly appreciated in cases of pregnancy nausea , car sickness and seasickness . In particular, an infusion prepared with 5 grams of ginger root in 1/2 liter of water or the chewing root is very effective against nausea.
Ginger for the well-being of the stomach
Ginger is good for the whole digestive system thanks to its gastroprotective properties and is very useful (if used in low doses) also against intestinal gastritis and ulcers . The active ingredients of ginger are very effective against Helicobacter pylori , the bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers. In addition, ginger stimulates digestion , fights diarrhea and helps eliminate intestinal gas .
In the case of flu states
Stimulating the immune system ginger has been used for thousands of years by Asian populations to fight colds and fevers . It is also a valid help against cough and phlegm . Thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is also very helpful in the case of throat inflamations (pharyngitis, laryngitis, etc.).
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic
Recent studies have shown that ginger, thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, relieves headaches , effectively reduces joint and muscle pain and relieves stomach and esophagus inflammation .
Ginger: ally of the heart
The rhizome of ginger is a good anticoagulant and as such helps to reduce the formation of coaugules in the arteries, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood and, according to some scientific studies , ginger decreases blood pressure , acting on several fronts.