Aside from garlic, ginger is one of the most readily available herbs in the kitchen to provide multiple health benefits. When taken properly and at the right amount, ginger no doubt can aid you in maintaining excellent shape and boosting your immune system. The natural oils of ginger are the actual source of its nutrients and curative properties.
To give you an idea on the potency of the ginger herb, here are some of its known benefits:
- Very effective for nausea caused by morning sickness, motion sickness or chemotherapy
- Prevents cancer growth
- Helps in thinning the blood, thereby preventing blood clots in hypertensive persons
- Aids in lowering LDL cholesterol
- Checks fever and helps promote efficient blood circulation
- Averts the spread of herpes simplex virus
- Helps decrease inflammation of tissues
- Effective in easing gas pains
In order to attain maximum benefits from ginger, you should learn how to use it effectively and properly.
First of all, fresh ginger is preferred to dried or powdered ginger. Fresh ginger has more nutrients and more benefits for the body. It is not hard to find fresh ginger since it can be bought from supermarkets. And you don't have to worry about its shelf life, because if unpeeled it can retain its freshness for a period of three weeks in the refrigerator.
You can include fresh ginger in cooking your dishes. It goes along well with other spices like garlic and onions. It can be chopped, sliced thinly, sliced in shreds or diced - whichever your recipe requires. You should, however, be cautious with the amount of ginger you use because too much ginger can make the dish taste pungent and hot. So depending on your taste or on how you tolerate pungent flavors, using ginger in cooking dishes should be done moderately.
Another way of consuming ginger is by eating it as is - fresh and raw. Some people have the uncanny ability to just munch on a slice of ginger much like they are munching on a fruit. On the other hand, people in the East have the practice of boiling ginger in water to be taken when one is suffering from sore throat.
Also available in the market is the popular ginger tea. However, because it is in powder form, its strength is significantly diminished.
You can also prepare ginger ale for a healthy drink. For this, you will need an inch of peeled fresh ginger root, about a pint of red grapes, two cups of cubed watermelon, a tangerine and four ounces of water. For this recipe, you may use your juicer or blender. In using the juicer, just drop the fruits and ginger slices inside the juicer. Pour over a glass and add water. You may not need to add any sugar, since the grapes already provide sweetness to the drink.
Follow the same procedure with a blender, however, after blending everything you need to use a strainer to get rid of the pulp. Add water as well and chill before drinking.