9. Fight infection
Not only great for daily use, ginger can give you a boost when you are at risk of infection from an illness or injury. Gingerol lowers the risk of infections and can inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria. It has been shown to be particularly effective against inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Respiratory infections like RSV are also no match for the infection-fighting power of ginger. Daily use of ginger can help to strengthen your immunity against those bugs that get passed around the office or classroom.
Now that you know how beneficial ginger is to your overall health, you may be wondering how to get more of it into your diet. The great news is that ginger is highly adaptable. Peel it first, then grate, slice, dice, or shave it for use in all sorts of recipes, both savory and sweet. It may also be eaten raw or steeped in hot water to make a tea.
For the sake of convenience, don’t hesitate to use dried, ground ginger instead. The method that creates ground ginger does reduce the amount of gingerol, but actually concentrates the level of other beneficial compounds, including shogaols, which also have considerable health benefits. Any which way you like it, ginger is a fine addition to your daily diet.