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What is good about Ginger?

by Alumni Posts on March 23, 2015

in Career Paths

Having grown up in the Chinese culture for many years, I have seen that many Chinese families like using ginger for preparing different kinds of dishes such as ginger fried rice, ginger tea, and sweet and sour ginger soup, etc. One of the great functions of ginger, from the Chinese point of view, is that ginger helps remove the odor and taste from fish, just like we use lemon juice here in the West. That’s why the Chinese people use ginger so often for steaming fish! From the above examples, it seems that every Chinese dish is used with ginger for cooking. So, you may ask: What’s actually good about ginger? Are there any health benefits of eating ginger? If yes, how can we incorporate ginger into our meals? Well, let me share some of the delicious, easy Chinese recipes with you. More importantly, let me tell you some of the health benefits that research studies have found in Ginger. 


What’s Ginger?

Ginger is a tropical plant originated from Southern China. It has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It has been historically used as an Asian medicine to treat stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy and pregnancy (NIH, 2012). In China, ginger is considered as a folk medicine that helps prevent illnesses. For example, tea brewed from ginger is used to prevent colds; dried ginger candy that’s fermented in plum juice and sugared is consumed to suppress coughing. 

What are the Health Benefits of Ginger?

Research studies have shown that ginger helps reduce pain in people with arthritis, menstrual pain, nausea and vomiting following surgery or during pregnancy. However, there’s still a controversy on research whether ginger can help relieve nausea from motion sickness, chemotherapy, or surgery (WebMD). 

Is Eating Ginger Safe? 

Regarding the safety guideline by the National Institute of Health, there are few side effects of eating ginger when it is taken in small doses. Some of the side effects include heartburn, diarrhea and general stomach discomfort (gas and bloating). 

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