Amazing Benefits of Ginger in Your Juices and Smoothies

Carrot juice with ginger

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 to 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
355 Calories
10g Fat
63g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 to 2
Amount per serving
Calories 355
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 23g 83%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 81mg 404%
Calcium 606mg 47%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 948mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Feeling cold on a chilly day and need something to warm you up? Look no further than ginger. Its warming properties have been used for thousands of years!

Ginger has been a major medicinal plant for over 5000 years. It’s been used to treat many problems, from pain relief to nausea, seasickness to infection, and sexual dysfunction to scurvy.

Today, many of its ancient and traditional folk remedies have found their way into modern medicine!

Ginger, is a member of the family Zingiberaceae, which includes cardamom and turmeric. It was one of the most highly prized spices traded along the Silk Road which connected the Asian Continent with India and as far west as Europe.

In folk medicine, ginger has a long and fabled history. It was commonly prescribed as an aphrodisiac, as well as for the treatment of any number of intestinal and digestive issues including constipation, and was dispensed to relieve colic. Ginger was used to reduce inflammation and to assist with neurological and nervous system problems. It was commonly utilized to treat infections such as colds and flu and to bring heat to the body.

Ginger is believed to have originated in China and spread quickly to India and Africa, from where it made its way to the ancient Romans and Europeans and on to Jamaica. At one time Jamaica was the leading producer of ginger.

Amazing Nutritional Benefits

Today we understand a lot more about the power of this wonderful spice, and why it held such high esteem in the ancient world not only for its fantastic flavor but also for its medicinal properties.

Exceedingly low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals as well as phytochemicals such as gingerol, ginger provides fiber, high amounts of manganese and magnesium, and good amounts of phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Ginger is also a rich source of B-complex compounds, vitamins C and E. Its vitamin C content is the reason ancient voyagers carried this spice with them, to avoid scurvy.

Latest Exciting Research

Gingerol has been shown to be toxic to certain cancer lines in laboratory studies, in particular, lung cancer, cancers of the blood system, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Studies have also demonstrated that gingerol acts as a potent anti-inflammatory in fighting the effects of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

It is also shown to fight bowel cancer according to scientists at the University of Minnesota’s Hormel Institute!

Ginger also contains shogaols, which have been shown in studies to reduce inflammation and have anti-diabetic and anti-cancerous properties as well.

For these reasons, ginger is an awesome addition to your juices and smoothies. Just as little as a ‘thumb-sized’ portion could not only warm you up on a chilly day, but also protect you from infection, inflammation, and pain!

Now let’s look at my favorite juice and smoothie recipe with ginger.


For Juice

  • 2 medium apples

  • 2 mediumcarrots

  • 1 medium stalk celery

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger

  • 2 to 4 leaves of your favorite greens such as​ beet,​ kale,​ spinach or​ wheatgrass.

For a Smoothie:

  • 1 to 2 cups of your favorite non-dairy or dairy milk

  • Nuts, protein powder, flax seeds, optional

Steps to Make It

For juice, process through a juicer.

For the smoothie, process in a blender.

We love adding a few greens to our juice and smoothie recipes for their incredible nutritional boost.

As a smoothie we suggest adding nuts, protein powder, and flaxseeds, if desired.

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