What are they?
Ginger is a flowering plant which belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, like other plants such as turmeric and galangal. It has its origin in China and other southeastern Asia. Back in those ancient days, ginger was very expensive but also in high demand. Nowadays, the biggest producers of ginger are Jamaica, India and Australia.
The part of the ginger that we use for medical as well as eating purpose is the ginger root.
Overall, ginger has an aromatic and spicy flavour, which adds extra strong flavour to many Asian dishes. It can be grown and harvested all year around.
Ginger is one of the most common herbal remedies that you probably take once in a while at home. They offer many features such as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anodyne 1.
Ginger is reported to be effective when it is used to treat migraines, cold and flu as well as stomach bugs and neck pains thanks to its main agent- the gingerol.
It can be used to boost digestion as well as reducing the risk of getting osteoarthritis.
Another characteristic of ginger is the anti-diabetic properties. Studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetes, if consumed 2 grams of ginger powder a day, will see the decrease in blood sugar, significantly by 1/8.
Ginger supports the brain function and protects you from many diseases, which you may encounter later in life such as Alzheimer’s diseases.
Lastly, ginger is very effective against nausea and morning sickness.
How to use them?
- Ginger can be consumed fresh, dried, powdered and oil or juice.
- Asian dishes: You can try many Asia dishes with ginger such as braised pork with ginger or boiled chicken with ginger.
- Salad dressing: You can make ginger, olive oil as well as soy sauce and garlic into a salad dressing.
- Ginger drinks and tea: There are many ways you can enjoy drinking with ginger. Simply add grated ginger into a glass of lemon juice with honey and water. Or enjoy ginger tea by boiling a few of ginger’s slices into hot water and let it cool down.