Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Extracts Uses, Benefits & Effects

    Ginger (Botanical name: Zingiber officinale), brings not only a sharp but also refreshing flavour in beverages and dishes. Ginger has this good smell that you can't just resist and it's used in almost all kinds of dishes. Personally, I love it in jollof rice and also when meats are spiced with ginger. Hmmmm, what a nice aroma and taste.

    Many of Ginger health-giving and healing properties are known for millennia. Modern science is just discovering new medical applications, healing properties, uses and benefits.

Zingiber officinale is used as a medicine or seasoning; the bulb of ginger, either fresh cut or rubbed, dried, or in powder, it's very healthy and its extract is used for capsules.

    The ginger Corm is however not a root, but an underground main shoot, a "Rhizome". The light brown shell wrapped fibrous, pale yellow interior, hiding the powerful active ingredients. How fresher and juicier it is depend on the tuber, the materials, how stronger it is.

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale ) admirably help against a slew of complaints. It alleviates nausea and prevents vomiting of various causes, from sea sickness and nausea of pregnancy until the side effects of chemotherapy.

   Ginger stimulates circulation and metabolism, inhibits coagulation of the blood, has antibacterial effect. In Japan, they use the ginger to enhance libido. While ginger is likewise used to stimulate appetite in elderly, debilitated people or animals, it can add healing effects to your diet on the other hand.

    Originally, the Zingiber officinale comes from the Pacific or Indonesia, and gained recognition in tropical and subtropical countries where Ginger was used in their kitchens and home pharmacies over the course of time. Already in the middle ages, the ginger as a sought-after and expensive spice reached Europe.

Application areas and Effects
    Ginger bulb contains a number of substances that make strong positive effects, for example, ginger strengthens the immune system, bring the metabolism in various ways into the swing, Alleviate pain and inflammation, help against nausea and vomiting and can prevent many Alzheimer's diseases and cold

    Since ginger contains much glutathione, it has become a powerful antioxidant that brings the immune system in top form and enables the white blood cells to function properly. Is there anyone that's already ill, have a quick relief with hot ginger tea that warms you from the inside, making you come over the unpleasant scratchy throat and allows a freer breathing deeply for a cold quickly.

    Nutritionist have also discovered and recommended Zingiber officinale to athletes. When you struggle in the training, experience muscle soreness, don't worry but start taking either ginger extract, juice or tea over a long period of time and you can successfully capture this painful phenomenon.

    Because ginger calms your stomach and you can take it confidently with your breakfast, for example, when mixed with oatmeal even a few hours before a competition.

    Ginger is an effective and versatile analgesic: Gingerols and Shoagole contained in Zingiber officinale can inhibit the pain-inducing enzyme, cyclo-oxygenase, as well as the active ingredient, acetylsalicylic acid does; it is also known as the main component of the Painkiller aspirin.

    Ginger can (just like aspirin) actually relieve pain and inflammation and also reduce the tendency to blood clotting. Perhaps, that might dampen even mild migraine attacks in advance, often attributable to blood circulation to the head area.

    Ginger is also successful when used against Osteoarthritis in humans and animals characterized by inflammation in the joints. Thereby, an enzyme is released, which further break down the already damaged cartilage.

    Ginger acts here twice: it slows the inflammatory processes and also counteracts the pain symptom. Thereby, Zingiber officinale  extracts lessen the pain and the person can even feel like moving since the cartilage and joints are better provided with nutrients and synovial fluid and they now remain elastic.

    Osteoarthritis typical stiffness wanes significantly, especially in the morning. Similarly, the use of ginger extracts in rheumatism is very appreciable. Usually, ginger soothing affects the stomach, prevents stomach cramps, vomiting and nausea as they occur during travel or motion, sickness or in early pregnancy.

    So far, there's no adverse effects known on the fetus or pregnancy based on history of medical records. The Shoagol and Galanolactone active substances affect the brain area that is responsible for the nausea.

Ginger and Food Appetite
    A study of the German Cancer aid e. V. proves that even the often severe side effects from chemotherapy can be brought under control by the ingestion of ginger. The drugs administered in chemotherapy attack not only tumor cells, but also healthy intestinal cells.

    In this damage, they release serotonin, which in turn attracts the vomiting Center in the brain via specific receptors on nerve cells. It results to constant nausea, loss of appetite and inability to keep food down. The active ingredients of ginger block these serotonin receptors and thereby reduce the complaints, often by more than 40% in cases observed.

    Patients develop appetite again and can gather strength to successfully get through the chemotherapy. Although, critics lead that ginger probably minimizes the effect of some chemotherapy drugs; but for any successful therapy, it has consequences and side effects from case to case that offset each other.

Ginger and Alzheimer's
    Now, it is said that ginger can even prevent Alzheimer's disease. The polyphenols that are found in green tea, turmeric and red wine are the reason. They are anti-inflammatory and prevent in particular the formation of beta-amyloid plaque that can interrupt the connection of neurons to the brain and thus trigger Alzheimer's.

    Also related, the ginger turmeric, turmeric (Curcuma longa), some as yellow ginger or Saffron Wreath are known to be more potent and even fight the dreaded plaques.

Side Effects of Ginger
    A study in the University of Sydney, shows that the sharp substances contained in the Zingiber officinale , the Gingerols, the glucose uptake in muscle cells can improve: athletes or even diabetes patients which benefits from the fact that the blood sugar level drops, because the glucose is processed by the body more efficiently.

    Side effects such as heartburn, bloating, or nausea were continuously observed in different cases of taking ginger extracts but, not when using the fresh tuber and this is probably because the ginger extracts are suspected to have food additives or impurities.

    World Health Organization (W.H.O) warn that ginger should not be used in case of pregnancy or the presence of gallstones. The Gingerols and Shoagole are probably largely responsible for the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and pain-liberating effect of the ginger. Their share is usually about 3%.

Ginger Nutritional Facts
    Shoagole and Galanolactone substance was first found in ginger and extracts, block probably the triggers for nausea.
    Zingiberene and Zingiberol among the sharp substances in the ginger are known about the specific effects they have. Borneol is a secondary plant substance that is also present in other plants with a high percentage of essential oils.

    Cineole chemically belongs to an oxide of limonene that occurs, for example, in eucalyptus and Mint, and demonstrably has soothing effect in asthma and other respiratory diseases.

    Fresh ginger contains abundant vitamin C, namely 5000 microgram (µg) in 100 gram: this is good for the immune system, essential for protein synthesis and the absorption of iron from food in the small intestine. The trace element, iron in fresh ginger, in 100 grams to 500 micrograms (µg) are required for the body processes of oxygen transport and the oxygen utilization in the body.

    Still, ginger also provides calcium, potassium, sodium, and phosphorus. Although, Zingiber officinale  has long been known and used in in different ways, it seems ready to keep a slew of positive surprises, because the effects of some active ingredients in ginger was never analyzed, only observed.

    Ginger can be taken as a hot drink, as pure infusion or as an ingredient in strong
Indian "Chai", spiced tea with milk, to awaken the spirits. Ginger beer or ginger ale is very popular due to its refreshing flavour, especially in hot weather.

    There are many usage possibilities in the kitchen: fresh, chopped, grated or pickled ginger as condiment for meat and fish dishes. Dried Ginger is an important component of curry spice mixtures. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is also used in some gingerbread and dessert recipes.

    Ginger exotic flavor fits with Asian dishes as well as many European recipes: medieval meat stew, for example, is flavorful with ginger and cinnamon perfectly.

    Ginger capsule is used as a remedy, as prevention against muscle soreness or to
support a diet, suited as capsules, infusions of a fresh tuber, ginger powder or pieces. To adapt some of the effects as you wish, it's recommended to be used for a longer time.

     2 to 4 grams of dried ginger or from 30 up to 500 milligrams of extract are good to be taken every day. Capsules contents are measured accordingly. Freshly purchased ginger tubers should not be stored for too long if you don't want to lose its freshness and flavor.

    You can use ginger not only as a condiment, but as a remedy but it's important that you use products made from ginger whose pedigree is known. Alfatoxine, mold toxins, or larger amounts of the preservative substance benzoic acid can lead to strong intolerance reactions.

    Therefore, it makes sense to choose ginger products from organic farming and appropriate processing. Influential relatives: turmeric, also yellow saffron is closely related to the ginger and contains similar powerful active ingredients. Turmeric is one of the main components of the typical Indian curry spice.

    The ingredient Curcumin even help against sore, because it slows the virus multiplication in infected cells; as revealed in an American study. The infamous Alzheimer's plaques that cause damage to the nerve receptors can be prevented with Curcumin and even resolve it.

    In traditional Asian medicine, Curcumin is used for 3000 years against inflammations, skin diseases or even rheumatism. Because Zingiber officinale  promotes bile production, it facilitates the digestive system. Whether and how ginger and turmeric actually differ in their healing properties is still debatable.

    Ginger is also preventive and supportive in the fight against viral or bacterial infections, such as colds. In the regulation of metabolic processes, it lowers blood sugar levels, increases bile production and keeps blood vessels elastic.

    As a "Drive" for metabolism, Ginger can support a diet. Zingiber officinale  regulates blood pressure, inhibits coagulation of the blood and therefore may be appropriate as natural prevention of migraine attacks or thrombosis; it's also effective against nausea and vomiting of various cause and may effectively prevents Alzheimer's.

    It will be interesting to see in the pharmacological discoveries of the next few years: Ginger certainly holds some surprises.