Origins and Original uses of Ginger - Britt's Superfoods

Origins and Original uses of Ginger

Ginger is the root of a flowering plant with the same name, it is believed to have first been discovered in Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Zingiberacae family and is closely related to cardamom and turmeric.

The pungent powerful root has been used for over 5000 years for medical, spiritual and food purposes and was traded as a valuable commodity. Nowadays you can buy ginger at most supermarkets, and it is still well regarded for its health properties.

Some of it's more unusual uses included:

  • Being used to ward off the plague
  • Used as a condiment like salt and pepper on the table
  • As a flavouring on beer
  • Used to ' ginger' a horse, i.e. to make it go more quickly.

And some more common ones:

  • To treat flatulence
  • To alleviate nausea
  • To warm the blood
  • To improve blood flow
  • Alleviate aches and pains

Nowadays science is beginning to catch up with tradition and ginger is now widely accepted to help:

Reduce gas and improve digestion  

A  2018 study showed that ginger can help relieve the pain caused by blocked gas by helping to expel it and by helping the movement through the digestive tract it can improve digestion.

Reduce nausea

A 2020 study showed how ginger helped to reduce morning sickness and relieve nausea after chemotherapy.

Reduce pain

Due to the anti inflammatory properties of ginger, it is thought to reduce suffering from swollen joints and muscles.

Help heart health

Promising studies on animals show that ginger could help lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

We use ginger in our organic apple, ginger and turmeric juice. This superfood juice favourite is a mouth-watering blend and makes for a refreshing and cleansing drink.

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