Ginger has been used for centuries for its medical properties among many cultures, and it is a common ingredient in the Indian and Asian cuisine. Ginger is a tropical plant in the same botanical family as cardamom and turmeric.
it can be consumed fresh, dried, powdered or in oil form. Many studies suggested that increasing consumption of ginger decreases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease, while promoting increased energy, overall lower weight and a healthy hair and complexion.
The phenolic compounds in ginger help stimulate bile and saliva production, suppress gastric contractions and relieve gastrointestinal irritation. Drinking ginger tea or using raw ginger is a good home remedy for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness and for nausea during cancer treatment. A study reveals that exercise- induced muscle pain can be significantly reduced by daily ginger supplementation. It is found also that ginger can reduce the pain symptoms of dysmenorrhea.
Furthermore, ginger has been used for so long to treat inflammatory conditions and reduce inflammation. Researchers found that ginger root supplement can reduce inflammation in the colon; and by doing so it can very likely reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Clinical trials have shown promise in using ginger for treating inflammation related to osteoarthritis. Ginger stimulates circulation, and it has a warming effect. It inhibits rhinovirus that causes the common cold, and it inhibits as well bacteria as Salmonella that causes diarrhea. Ginger may also prevent stomach ulcers due to anti- inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
When you buy fresh ginger, choose the root with strong aroma and with no wrinkles. Ginger pairs well with different foods and drinks. You can add fresh or dried ginger to your homemade salad dressing, and you can make your own ginger tea by steeping peeled fresh ginger in boiling water. Of course, fresh or dried ginger goes very well with any fish recipe.