By Larraine Roulston:
The history of ginger goes back 2000 years to Chinese medicine. Ancient Romans, as well, widely used ginger. Today, with ginger’s popularity and availably, we too can give our immune systems a boost — especially during the upcoming winter months.
Ginger, with its important natural oil containing gingerol, has many complete and amazing health benefits. Indulging yourself with a two-ounce shot glass of ginger mixed into a drink is an effective way to blend a liquid recipe that will help deter any anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant problems. As you create recipes that contain other good doses of vitamin C, your drink will help cleanse your cells of toxins. If you make a weekly batch to store in your refrigerator, you will have it on hand to add to soups and smoothies. This extraordinary fresh spice can be used in cooking or brewed as tea.
Known for its overall heart health benefits, Ginger can help treat a variety of other ailments, as it aids in overcoming nausea, reducing muscle pain, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, improving digestion, relieving menstrual cramps, improving brain power, fighting infections, and helping to prevent cancer. The following briefly outlines its strengths.
NAUSEA: Taking 1-1.5 grams of ginger has proven to be an effective remedy for sea sickness, morning sickness for pregnant women, vomiting after surgery, as well as for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
MUSCLE PAIN: The anti-inflammatory effects help relieve joint pain and stiffness. In a study in which a herbal combination of ginger mixed with mastic (a small Mediterranean evergreen tree that yields the resin mastic), cinnamon and sesame oil applied externally, it was shown to be clinically effective in reducing pain.
BLOOD SUGARS & CHOLESTEROL: In 2015, research conducted on 41 people with Type 2 Diabetes indicated that 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered blood sugar levels. Regarding high levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), 3 grams of ginger powder given to 85 individuals in a 45-day study period resulted in significant reduction.
INDIGESTION: For people with chronic indigestion, 1.2 grams of ginger powder taken before a meal will accelerate the emptying of the stomach, thus relieving discomfort. Brewing ginger tea and adding some honey manages some of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, as it helps in the digestion process.
MENSTRUAL PAIN: When taken during the first 3 days of the menstrual cycle,1 gram of ginger per day will be effective in reducing cramps.
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: Research has shown that ginger has enhanced brain function in both humans and animals.
FIGHTING INFECTIONS: Ginger is effective in fighting oral bacteria known as gingivitis. The RSV virus, also may be warded off with a dose of fresh ginger.
CANCER: Although more studies are needed, ginger’s active constituent known as 6-gingerol may provide protective benefits in the treatment of cancer.
To help you think about recipes, this orange juice based drink makes two to three, 2-ounce shots.
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger juice
- 2 tablespoons of manuka honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric juice (or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
Whisk it all together and serve.
It was noted that ginger should not be taken every day, as one may run the risk of developing an allergy to it. Also, as ginger lowers blood sugar, patients on diabetes medications should avoid it, due to raising the risk of developing hypoglycemia.
Larraine authors children’s adventure stories on composting and pollinating at .www.castlecompost.com