Ginger, the medicinal superfood with a kick

Have you ever taken a pure shot of ginger? Woozers is it ever SPICY!! I love using it in fresh squeezed juice and a little bit goes a long way - definitely packs a punch! The organic ginger in Sweet’s Syrup is grown in North Carolina and we’re proud to support local farmers. It adds to the syrup’s flavor as well as provides a multitude of benefits. We prepare and freeze it soon after it is harvested to maintain freshness and maximize nutritional value. 

Ginger is a rhizome, otherwise known as a root, and is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger that is responsible for the majority of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It is loaded in B vitamins, as well as vitamin C and E. 

Ginger is amazing when it comes to anything involving the digestive system. It is one of the best natural remedies for nausea and can give relief from morning sickness, chemotherapy, or the stomach bug. Ginger strengthens and protects the digestive tract. It can decrease bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, ulcers, yeast growth, menstrual cramps and detox the gut. A healthy gut is critical for good health as it is the source of our immune system. When our gut is in good shape it can help our immune systems fight off sickness quicker and protect against getting sick in the first place.

Ginger is warming and increases blood circulation. It is a blood detoxifier and it can relax the nerves that causes these pains. It eases joint and muscle pain and decrease inflammation from arthritis and osteoporosis. Ginger also reduces blood sugar and may reduce LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels. This amazing spice may also improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown that the antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger can inhibit the inflammatory responses that occur in the brain. 

Ginger, just like elderberry, cinnamon, and clove, is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It can help fight off infections and seasonal allergies. Before you catch the flu your stomach will be compromised one to two days before it hits. If you start to have irregular bowl movements or an upset stomach for no reason with neck pain, rest assured a cold is coming. Ginger will help deal with the stomach condition and start attacking the virus before it becomes a real cold. If our stomach isn’t well our immune system is compromised and bacteria can start attacking our respiratory system. It is important to watch out for these signs and take care of them quickly when they come on.

Superfood indeed, which is why it is a must have ingredient in Sweet’s Syrup! Not only does it add to the delicious taste, but helps us in a slew of ways - just like Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!”

 

Stephanie Rickenbaker