Gingerbread anyone? Sounds yummy doesn't it? Well what makes ginger bread GINGER
bread? The ginger of course!

As one of the most popular dietary condiments today, ginger root, (part of the cardamom and turmeric family) packs a powerful nutritional punch. Fresh, pickled, ground, in capsule form or juiced ginger is most known for its anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger also pertains to therapeutic compounds including: gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zingerone.

Ginger root's nutritional facts are astounding. Per 100 grams of raw ginger, your body also
reaps the following:

• 1.8 g protein
• 2 g fiber
• 415 mg potassium (12% DV)
• 0.2 mg copper (11% DV)
• 0.2 mg manganese (11% DV)
• 43 mg magnesium (11% DV)
• 5 mg vitamin C (8% DV)
• 0.2 mg vitamin B6 (8% DV)
• 0.7 mg niacin (4% DV)
• 34 mg phosphorus (3% DV)
• 0.6 mg iron (3% DV)
• Small amounts of: calcium, zinc, pantothenic acid, riboflavin and thiamine

Of course it should be eaten along with other foods to meet your daily micronutrient needs but
it's an impressive nutrient profile isn't? So what do all these micronutrients help with? Well, first and foremost thanks to ginger's anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties it is an amazing flu fighter! Taking a shot of ginger, chewing on a piece or having a cup of warm ginger, lemon water in the morning is the perfect protector against colds and viruses. Ginger was also found in many studies to be one of the most effective remedies to fight fungal infections. From yeast infections to athlete's foot it can safely and effectively fight of disease causing fungi. Ginger is also a super star when it comes to morning, sickness, nausea, headaches and period cramps. Interestingly enough, in a test tube study, ginger also proved to inhibit the further development of cancer cell growth in prostate, ovarian and pancreatic cancer.

Stating that ginger root has a remarkable nutrient profile is an understatement so hopefully it
has impressed you enough that you'll start incorporating it in your diet, and not avoid it when it
comes up. You'd be surprised how often ginger finds its way onto your plate... You know the
crunchy and cold pink slices that show up on your sushi order? You guessed it! That's ginger!