Health Benefits Of Ginger
It is common for us to have ginger tea when we catch cold. We immediately get relief from sour throat. It also helps with our stomach problems. Ginger is commonly used as digestive aid. It is very high in vitamin C and is antioxidant. This root is also useful in controlling heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Cooking does not destroy its health benefits. If raw ginger is too pungent it can be soaked in vinegar and can be eaten along with salad. Ginger is extensively used in curries and many other culinary. It is used in almost all the vegetables as it gives unique flavour and some times helps in as the counter effects of gas sues items like radish, cauliflower etc (helps in the elimination of intestinal gasses). It is prepared as pickles, chutneys, ginger bread, ginger bar etc. It is very common to use ginger along with garlic and onion paste to prepare the gravy for vegetables. Ginger extracts have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells. Studies reveal that ginger has such amazing properties that it has a substance called gingerol an anti-cancerous agent that can kill ovarian cancer cell and even protects from colorectal cancer. Let us know its other health benefits.
- Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and inflammation from arthritis and rheumatism. Regular consumption of ginger can reduce the pain and improves movements in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients. Even those who suffer with muscular discomfort too can get relief from pain or swelling.
- Ginger compounds are said to be helpful to cure diarrhoea in children.
- Ginger is effective in treating nausea in pregnant women and nausea caused due to sea sickness.
- One spoon of ginger juice, one spoon of honey and one spoon of juice of tulsi leaves mixed together and taken in the morning can give relief from cough, cold and chest congestion.
- Ginger is applied as a paste to temples to get relief from headache.
- Ginger helps cut down the cholesterol and help prevent the blood from clotting. Further protects the blood vessels from blockage, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
- Studies suggest that ginger has got many components that have anti-cancer activity.
- Roast a 100g of dry ginger, add salt and make fine powder and store in a bottle. This can be taken along with rice and it is usually given to lactating mothers and children which work as digestive aid.
- Ginger is regarded as excellent carminative a substance which eliminates and the intestinal gas, and intestinal spasmolytic a substance which relaxes and sooths intestinal tract.
- It works as digestive aid by providing digestive fluids and saliva. Ginger gives relief from indigestion, gas pain and cramps in stomach.
- It is effective in curbing motion sickness without causing drowsiness.
- It effectively stimulates the circulation of blood, removes toxins from the body, cleans bowels and kidneys and nourishes the skin.
- Very effective in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
- 30g of ginger juice (extract), about three tablespoons added to old jaggery (gur) can give relief from rashes if taken twice daily.
- Cut sharply a small piece of ginger soak it in lime (used for white washing) water till it becomes soft and then apply the ginger piece on acne. By repeated application they fall off.
- A small piece of fresh ginger crushed and added to a cup of hot water can give relief to stomach pain.
- Ginger chutney is a great combination to many recipes in Andhra, like pesarattu a dosa made of sabut moong.
- Ginger can boost our immunity. It can help promote healthy sweating which is helpful in cold and flu. Researchers have found that sweat contains a potent germ fighting agent that may help fight off infections.
Ginger is available in raw, dried and in powdered form. But it is always better to buy fresh ginger as it contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger’s active protease (its anti-inflammatory compound). Select fresh-ginger root which is firm, smooth and free of mold.
- Ginger can be grated and sprinkled as garnishing too many of our dishes.
- It can be used as salad dressing.
- Add ginger and orange juice to pureed sweet potatoes.
- Grated ginger can be added to your favourite stuffing for baked apples.
- Spice up your healthy sauteed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger.
Ginger is so concentrated with active substances that with a small piece of ginger you can receive its beneficial effects.
By N Suguna