In the world of health and nutrition, Ginger is one of the absolute superstars!
As an aromatic spice, it goes well with poultry, lamb, fish and seafood, adding a unique warm and spicy flavour. The root isn’t only a culinary star, it also has so much to offer from a medical point of view.
Ginger has three active ingredients, gingerol, zingerone and shogoals. It consists of anti-inflammatory properties and pungent substances which have a digestive and warming effect. They help destroy unwanted fungi and bacteria in the intestine. It also protects the liver, and has anti-oxidative properties, In total, ginger is said to have at least 22 pharmacological properties! Ginger tea, prepared from fresh ginger, is delicious and helps against cough, hoarseness and gastrointestinal problems. It is super easy to make: Simply pour boiling water over a few pieces of chopped ginger, allow to infuse for 6 – 8 minutes and enjoy! If you are looking for something to ease into ginger, try adding a small piece to other types of tea such as green tea!
Other Benefits of Ginger Root
- Stimulates Digestion
- Lowers Blood Sugar
- Reduces Nausea (see ginger tea recipe above)
- Reduces Inflammation
- Has anti-bacterial properties (antioxidant)
- Regulates Blood Sugars
- Reduces Menstrual Pain
- Can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels
- Could possibly help prevent obesity (and hence inflammation) by modulating the Gut microbiota
- Can help reduce bloating and gas
- Fresh Ginger has antiviral effects, so can reduce the symptoms of a cold or flu
- May help heartburn or acid reflux
Pro tip: Consider buying whole ginger root and storing it in the freezer. Then whenever you need ginger, take it out, use a spoon to scrape off the skin, and use a sharp knife to cut off a small piece.
Grating ginger into your stews or casseroles will impart a spicy slightly bitey flavour.
Relax with some Ginger Tea – grate your fresh ginger into a cup of hot water and steep for a few minutes. Add a touch of lemon juice if you need it to be slightly less bitter.