Ginger has long been known and grow well in the world. Ginger is classified as herbaceous plants, straight to the top, can reach a height of 40-100 cm and can be aged yearly. The trunk is a pseudo-stem composed of the flat leaf, elongated with a pointed tip. The flowers consist of a cone-shaped bunches with white petals and yellow.
While its roots are often called ginger rhizome smells fragrant and spicy taste. Rhizome branching irregular, coarse fibrous, spreading horizontally. The inside colored of pale yellow.
The Benefits of Ginger
Ginger always been used as drugs, herbs and various other purposes. Ginger can stimulate the digestive glands, either to arouse appetite or digestion.
Ginger that is used as seasoning are able to increase appetite, strengthening the stomach, and improves digestion. This is occured because of the stomach mucous membrane inflame and intestines issued by the essential oils of ginger rhizome.
Ginger oil contains gingerol that is a typical fragrant ginger, efficacious to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting, such as motion sickness or in young pregnant women. Also because of it’s taste, it can stimulate appetite, strengthens intestinal muscles, helping to remove intestinal gas and help the heart function.
In the Asian traditional medicine, ginger is used to treat colds, coughs, diarrhea and bone diseases such as arthritis. Ginger is also used to enhance the cleansing of the body through sweat.
Modern scientific research has proven benefits of ginger, they are :
- Lowering blood pressure.
This is because ginger stimulates the release of the adrenaline and widen blood vessels, resulting in the faster and smoother blood flow and lighten the work of the heart to pumps blood
- Helps digestion
Because ginger contains digestive enzymes that protease and lipase, which digests each protein and fat
- Prevent blood clotting
Gingerol is an anticoagulant to prevent blockage of blood vessels, a major cause of strokes and heart attacks. Gingerol also thought to help lower cholesterol levels
- Prevent the nausea
Because ginger is able to block serotonin, a chemical that can cause the stomach to contract, causing nausea, including nausea caused by motion sickness.
- Make the stomach to be comfortable, relieve stomach cramps and helps remove the wind
- Gingercontains antioxidants that help neutralize the damaging effects caused by free radicals in the body