Japan is renowned for its ancient practice of using medicinal healing with herbs, a traditional approach that thrives today around the world. Japan recognized the potency of ginger centuries ago from the medicine cabinet to the kitchen. Japanese herbalists believe in its therapeutic bioactive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components, making it a staple for the medicine satchel.

Ginger is a heavy hitter and has been shown to deliver big on major health issues like hearth disease and strokes, thanks to ginger’s natural anti-blood-clotting abilities.  This helps relieve stomach aches, constipation, and bloating.  It can even be great for those who want to keep their waist trim.  Ginger helps food in the stomach make its way to the small intestines; this helps the 40 percent of people who suffer with food remaining in the gut for unhealthy extended periods.

Additionally, ginger is dynamite at attacking bacterial infections to boost the immune system.  Researchers discovered it has what it takes to kill major bacterial infections such as staph infections and especially pesky fungal infections.

We know ginger is good for the body, but what about the pallet?  Slice it, dice it, and grind it into your favorite recipes to add a spicy kick.  The Japanese know the power of ginger to wakes up the flavor of food so it will compliment most dishes.

There are many recipes that use ginger in Japanese meals today.  If you’re feeling adventurous, we suggest:  Ginger Chicken (a Japanese favorite!); Stir Fried Japanese Eggplant with Ginger and Miso, Japanese salad with ginger soy dressing, Shoga Yaki Ginger Pork, or Homemade Pickled Ginger to cleanse the pallet between pieces of sushi – or are the pieces of sushi cleansing the pallet between ginger bites?

From century to century, ginger rises as a healer and flavor pleaser.  It is a safe and mighty effective nutrient that has earned its spot on the healthy living list.  No kitchen or medicine cabinet is complete without this natural food wonder.

Stay tuned for more from our Ginger Around the World Series, and check out our Ginger Around the World map on our website. You can also learn more about research on ginger’s benefits here.