Ginger has a long and honoured tradition in folk medicine, specially on Asian and Arabic cultures.
This fantastic rhizome contains natural chemicals, which are called oleoresins. These oleoresins include gingerol, zingerone and other volatile oils, which gives ginger for its medicinal properties.
Amongst the medicinal benefits, the anti inflammatory properties of ginger are the most commonly mentioned. Inflammation symptoms derived from pathologies such as colitis and arthritis, for example, can be reduced with a regular intake of ginger. Ginger can bring some relief to the pain that accompany inflammation without the undesirable side effects of anti-inflammatory tablets and injections. So, basically, ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory medicine. Other problems such as menstrual pain, bronchitis, throat infections, coughs and muscle pain can be relieved with the use of ginger.
The gastrointestinal benefits of ginger are also well known. Ginger will help on aid digestion, reduce flatulence and reduce the nausea and vomiting related to motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy side effects. Ginger juices and teas are also helpful on the treatment of diarrhoea. This last indication is a good option for patients who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome ( specially, patients with diarrhoea ). This syndrome is also known as spastic colon. It’s a chronic condition that causes a lot of bloating, gastrointestinal colics, erratic bowel movements, diarrhoea and constipation. Ginger is an antispasmodic and reduces the colic pains related to the disease, as well as the bloating sensations.
But this ancient spice has more going for it than its anti inflammatory and gastrointestinal healing properties… Recent studies have shown that one of the ginger’s substances, Beta-Ionone, has anticancer properties… Scientific researches from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are looking at the ginger as a new ally for treating ovarian cancer. This substance induces the ovarian cancerous cells death, without potential hazardous side effects. But the potential anti-cancerous properties of the ginger are also being analysed, at the University of Minnesota, on their studies on colon and stomach cancers.
Understanding the fantastic benefits of this ancient root and its distinctive flavour, we created a Ginger Tonic that is made with raw ginger, lemon, apple juice and cayenne pepper. If you would like to know more about our Ginger Tonic cold-pressed juice click here or get a free sample at the grounds.
You can also use our Ginger Tonic cold-pressed juice as an ingredient to make a healthy Beetroot Smoothie.