Ginger takes a special place in many kitchens because of its specific aroma and spicy hot taste that stands out from other spices, but also for its healing properties. Thousands of years ginger was used as a spice and medicine, and to this day people use the powerful effects of ginger.
Ginger (botanical name: Zingiber officinale) is a year root plant that originates from the southern part of the Asian continent and is grown more than 3,000 years ago. The largest producer of this exotic spice with bright white-yellow color is India.
Ginger root contains only 80 calories per 100 grams, which is mostly composed of: 18 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat.
Also ginger contains many beneficial nutrients to the human body like vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium.
Storage Of Ginger
You can find two types of ginger: fresh ginger and ginger powder. If you are able to choose, give the advantage of fresh ginger.
The only negative side of fresh ginger is that this type of ginger has a tendency to dry quickly. If you want to save a greater amount after you wash and peel, wrap the ginger in plastic wrap and freeze it. Not only will it keep the nutrients, but also the cutting of frozen ginger is much easier than fresh ginger.
Ginger powder must be kept in well-closed glass jars in a dry, dark and cool place.
For this type of ginger, shelf life can be extended up to one year, if it is stored in the refrigerator.
Fresh ginger helps to reduce high cholesterol level and fight against stomach bacteria, which are considered responsible for the creation of peptic ulcer disease (Stomach ulcer).
At the same time, reduces stomach bloating and relieves the tension caused by a nasty stomach gases. Positively affect on the recovery of the intestinal flora and regulates irregular stools.
Strong headache and migraine can be relieved by consuming a few thin slices fresh ginger.
How to use: Fresh ginger is good for eating after be washed well and peeled. Simply cut a few thin strips of fresh ginger and chew tiny pieces. Or grate it and add a tablespoon of honey to relieve the spicy flavor.
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Ginger powder helps to relieve abdominal pains, thanks to the essential oils found in its composition. Ginger oils has calming effect on strong stomach pains. This oils neutralize stomach acids, and at the same time release enzymes that are useful for normal work of the digestive system.
Acts great against inflammatory disease and relieves painful symptoms of arthritis, flu or colds.
Many studies have shown that the use of ginger powder slows the growth of cancerous tumors and has been shown like excellent supplement to mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting.
Ginger powder accelerates blood circulation and prevent blood clotting. Positively affect on relaxing the muscles after exhaustive exercise.
In general don’t take more than 4 grams of ginger per day.
How to use: Mix ½ teaspoon ginger powder with moderately warm water and drink the mixture in the morning, 30 minutes before breakfast.
Ginger tea treat sore throat, dry cough and relieves cold symptoms. Contains antioxidants that boost immunity and reduce the risk of heart attack.
Fresh ginger tea reduces stress, stimulates alertness and increases energy. During the painful menstrual periods is recommended to put a towel on your stomach soaked in hot ginger tea.
If you want to improve the taste of the ginger tea, you can add honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange. It is not recommended drinking more than two ginger teas per day.
Preparation Of Fresh Ginger Tea:
1.Cut thin 3-4 fresh ginger thin strips and add it in a 400 ml boiled water. Cover the bowl and leave it for about 10 minutes until the water get colored.
2.A quarter cup of grated ginger add it into one liter of boiled water. Cook 4 minutes on low, then strain the liquid into a bowl.
Preparation Of Ginger Powder Tea:
In a cup of boiled water, add ½ teaspoon ginger powder. Cover the cup and allow the tea to cool 10-15 minutes before consumption.
It is well known that ginger is good for your health, but also ginger is very good for your brain. It improves concentration and memory, feeds the body and stimulates the releasing of energy. Because of these features, it is not recommended ginger consumption at night, because it can cause insomnia.
It is believed that ginger has a strong aphrodisiac effect, which can positively affect on the sexual libido and fertility.