Today I am dedicating some time to one of my favorite spice-Ginger. I love using ginger. I have it as a tea and I use it in my recipes. The truth be told, I was not aware of all the health benefits until I did a research.
It is another plant-based food, which has been touted as good for controlling diabetes naturally. But, as is customary, I will also share with you some of the other health benefits of ginger.
Some Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger
Let us now take a look at some of the amazing health benefits of this spice-ginger:
Lowers Blood Sugar
A study was completed in 2015 where powdered ginger was used and the result was a 12% decrease in fasting blood glucose (Khandouzi, 2015). I have been using ginger to make a tea some mornings. I will share this recipe at the end of the post.
Total cholesterol and triglycerides have been reduced using ginger (Leech, 2015). This is good news for diabetics also. It is necessary to remind you that there a number of diabetics who also have high cholesterol. Having ginger can, therefore, be a “using one stone to kill two birds” scenario for diabetics.
Treats Indigestion and other Digestive Issues
Indigestion is oftentimes as a result of the delayed actions of emptying the stomach. It was discovered that ginger speeds up this process. Ginger also helps in bile production and the stimulation of saliva.
Good news is here for the persons experiencing Morning Sickness or undergoing cancer treatment. Having some ginger tea or simply chewing on raw ginger has helped some of these persons.
Feeling cold? Warm up with Some Ginger
Ginger helps us to sweat and for this reason, it is a sensible plant-based food to keep in the pantry for those cold weather days. Preparing the ginger tea is one of the easiest homemade recipes you will find, making it a good food to keep in the refrigerator. Note, you can also grate a piece of ginger on your chicken whilst cooking. This will greatly enhance the taste.
Arthritis-It is your Time Now
Persons suffering from arthritis have used ginger for years to reduce the inflammation which results in this painful disease. This also bears good news for colon cancer, because as the inflammation decreases, so too is the risk of colon cancer. This is a possibility for many.
Please click the video below and listen to Dr. Berardi talking about the health benefits of ginger.
Here is the ginger tea recipeI promised you earlier in the post.
Ginger Tea Recipe
You will need:
- A 1-inch piece of ginger
- 2 cups of water
- Sugar or honey to taste (optional)
- Wash and peel the ginger
- Cut the ginger into thin slices
- Add the water to the pot and boil
- Add the ginger
- Cover the pot and boil for 2 minutes
- Turn off the heat
- Steep for 2 minutes
- Strain in a cup
- Add honey our sugar to taste (optional. I have my teas without sugar or honey.)
- Stir and drink
Note, I sometimes like to squeeze a little lime or lemon in my ginger tea. It gives a delicious variety and I get “double for my money” because limes/lemons are also very good for diabetics.
I found this video which teaches us to grow ginger in a container. Take a look.
A Call for Action
After reading this article, it should be difficult for you to plead ignorance. The facts have been presented and now it is your turn to act. You now have the opportunity to make an informed decision about using ginger in your meals and also as your tea.
Yes, you have a few things to lose. Here they are:
- High glucose readings
- High cholesterol
- Arthritic pain
- Digestive issues
Yes, I understand, you can afford to lose these. Ginger is worth trying. Do you agree? Oh, did I mention that it has a pleasant taste too? I have done my part. I shared with you the facts and I made that come to life with my own experiences. Now, it’s you turn to create your own experiences. But, you can only do so if you act now.
Another plant-based food to the rescue for diabetics and their entire family. A look at the above will make a clear point, “ginger is an important spice to keep in your pantry.” Ginger, over the years and supported by numerous research, has been used for diabetes, pain, high cholesterol, and nausea, to name a few.
Ginger can be washed, peeled, sliced, then eaten raw, it can be used in a tea, or as a powder. Regardless of how it is used, its’ effectiveness to heal our bodies is undisputed. Its’ versatility in cooking is also unmatched. The “icing on the cake,” is that it is easy to grow ginger at home in a pot.
I encourage you to continue your lifestyle change so that you can be healthy and happy. Incorporating some ginger in your diet will help you to achieve this end.
As is customary, I love to hear from my readers. Please share your comments in the box below. If there is a particular diabetes-related topic you would like some more information on, please let me know. Until next time, wlak good and make the right food choices.
- Khandouzi, Nafiseh, Farzad Shidfar, Asadollah Rajab, Tayebeh Rahideh, Payam Hosseini, and Mohsen Mir Taheri. “The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients.” Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research : IJPR. Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, 2015. Web. 30 July 2016.
- Leech, Joe. “11 Proven Health Benefits of Ginger.” Authority Nutrition: An Evidenced Based Approach. Authority Nutrition, 26 Feb. 2015. Web. 30 July 2016.