Ginger Nutrition and Health Benefits


Ginger has carminative properties that help relieve intestinal gas to prevent bloating while its intestinal spasmolytic properties also relax the intestinal muscles to aid in digestion.
Ginger Health Benefits and Useful in:
Digestion | Heartburn | Arthritis | Pain relief | Cancer| Pregnancy | Heart Diseases | Diabetes | Boosts Immunity | Alzheimer’s | Inflammation | Obesity | Migraines | Asthma | Flu |

Ginger Nutrition: (per 100 grams of ginger):
Nutrients Amount
Energy 1,404 kJ (336 kcal)
Carbohydrates 71.62 g
Sugars 3.39 g
Dietary fiber 14.1 g
Fat 4.24 g
Proteins 8.98 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) 0.046 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.17 mg
Niacin (B3) 9.62 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.477 mg
Vitamin B6 0.626 mg
Folate (B9) 13 μg
Vitamin C 0.7 mg
Minerals
Calcium 114 mg
Iron 19.8 mg
Magnesium 214 mg
Manganese 33.3 mg
Phosphorus 168 mg
Potassium 1320 mg
Sodium 27 mg
Zinc 3.64 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Health Benefits of Ginger:

Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects:

Ginger contains many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemical compounds that are beneficial for health like beta-carotene, caffeic acid, curcumin, capsaicin and salicyclate. All these chemicals act as antioxidants and help to prevent DNA damage in the body, which in turn can help in preventing degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s,  diabetes, arthritis, and various other ailments. 


Flu and upper respiratory tract:

Ginger has thermogenic properties which help it fight against flu and symptoms of the upper respiratory tract like coughs, colds, sore throats etc.


Heart:

Ginger is rich in potassium, magnesium, chromium, manganese and zinc and has been used to treat heart conditions from years. Ginger helps to lower cholesterol, regulates blood pressure, improves blood flow and prevents the formation of blood clots – all factors that contribute to heart diseases.


Cancer: 

Ginger is seen to effectively treat colon, skin, lung, pancreatic, breast, ovarian and prostate cancer, by killing the cancer cells and preventing their resistance to chemotherapy. An anti-cancer drug, beta-elemene is derived from ginger and is widely used in chemotherapy.