Also known as kion, this food was brought to our country at the end of the 18th century, coming from China, where it originates from. In Peru, it is produced in the Central Jungle, mainly in the Junín region, where it finds the best ecological conditions for its cultivation.
Scientific name Zingiber officinale Roscoe, ginger is a tuber with a thick stem that can reach up to one meter in height. It is very similar to turmeric and is characterized by being very aromatic, with a spicy sour taste and a light yellow color inside.
Ginger is considered today a superfood due to its properties and nutritional benefits. Its vitamin C content stands out, which allows a healthy development of tissues in the body, in strengthening the immune system and in preventing the formation of free radicals. It is also rich in vitamin B9 or folic acid and minerals such as magnesium and potassium; the latter contributes to the proper function of the digestive system and allows normal muscle contraction.
Other vitamins and minerals present in this superfood are vitamin E, other B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6), calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, phosphorus and sodium. In addition, it contains essential oils, such as gingerol, which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Although ginger has been considered a medicinal plant for centuries, as is the case with traditional Chinese medicine, various studies of modern science have identified that this tuber can bring several benefits to our health.
In this regard, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the property of ginger for the relief of digestive problems; helping in the assimilation of fatty foods. Likewise, it contemplates the use of this root to reduce nausea and dizziness.
Another property that is attributed to this superfood is its anti-inflammatory power. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen verified the efficacy of ginger in relieving muscle aches and inflammation. Also, the University of Georgia, United States, conducted a study of 74 people, finding that the daily administration of ginger reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.