Ginger in the Qur’an
Ginger or Zanjabil in Arabic, belongs to the Zingiberaceae botanical family which also includes Cardamom and Turmeric. It is a culinary and medicinal spice that Allaah (subhanu wa ta’ala) makes mention of in Surah al-Insan, verse 17.
“And they will be given to drink there of a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabil (ginger).” (76:17)
Ibn Qayyim and ‘Medicine of the Prophet’
Ibn Qayyim in his book ‘Medicine of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)’ states that it heats the body, aids the digestive process, softens the stomach mildly, helps open a clogged liver and strengthens sexual power, among other benefits. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered, as an oil or juice and can also be processed in food and cosmetics (used as kohl).
The main bioactive compound in ginger is Gingerol which is an anti-inflammatory (aiding the bodies defence against injury, viruses, bacteria) and antioxidant (inhibiting oxidation).
If you’re a regular exercise you may want to introduce ginger into your diet as a study found ginger to be an effective reliever to exercise-induced muscle pain. It was found that consuming 2 grams per day for 11 days significantly reduced muscle pain in people performing elbow exercises.
Ginger is great in food or as shots (drinks), great for that pre-gym wake-up, taken just before you start your session. Such a drink will have you ready to put in effort in a natural way rather than using pre-workouts.
You could look into a juicing machine which is a great investment. Using raw ginger adding apple, cucumber and dark green vegetables will benefit your health and taste great.
For assistance and advice on your current nutritional diet and fitness levels, get in contact with Abu Hafs Hanif [Email].
Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) by Ibn Qayyim, published by Darussalam, Translated by Jalal Abual Rub, Revised edition July 2010, Supervised by Abdul Malik Mujahid.