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The Powers of Ginger

Fragrant, impactful and fiery, ginger includes a unique flavor and pizzazz to Asian-style stir fries and many vegetable and fruit dishes. Crisp ginger root is accessible year round in the produce area of your nearby market. Personally, it’s a favorite, and most used ingredient in my dishes. I also use it in teas, and with my morning juicing. 

 

Natural Remedy 

 

Ginger is a spice that has traditionally been treated as medicine in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, doses of 1-3g can reduce nausea and ease digestion quite effectively; super loading the powdered rhizome (vertical root) at 10-15g daily might increase Testosterone.

 

Health Benefits

 

Ginger is traditionally known as the stomach ache remedy. It has long been known to help alleviate gastrointestinal distress by helping relax and sooth the GI tract. In addition, it helps reduce nausea and vomiting. The anti-inflammatory compounds, gingerols, are the reason those suffering from arthritic conditions have felt some type of pain relief. To top it off, studies are now showing ginger to have anti-cancer properties and other immune-boosting and detoxification benefits. Ginger does contain numerous other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds beneficial to health such as gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate. Mature ginger will have a tougher skin that will require peeling before blasting, but younger ginger (usually only found at Asian markets) can be left intact.

 

When possible, choose fresh ginger over dried to get higher levels of gingerol and its anti-inflammatory compounds. Make sure the ginger root is firm, smooth, and absent of mold. Ginger is also available in dried form as well as crystallized, candied and pickled. You may keep fresh ginger, unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.

 

How to incorporate more ginger into your diet

 

Ginger pairs well with many different types of seafood, oranges, melon, pork, pumpkin and apples. When buying fresh ginger, look for a root with smooth, taut skin (no wrinkles) and a spicy aroma. Store fresh ginger in a tightly wrapped plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer. Fresh ginger should be peeled and grated before use. In most recipes, one-eighth teaspoon of ground ginger can be substituted for one tablespoon of fresh grated ginger. Ground ginger can be found in the herbs and spices section of most grocery stores.

 

Ginger Peach Smoothie See Recipe Here

 

Add fresh ginger into your next smoothie or juiceQuick tips:

  • Add fresh or dried ginger to your next stir-fry or homemade salad dressing
  • Steep peeled fresh ginger in boiling water to make your own ginger tea
  • Use fresh or dried ginger to spice up any fish recipe
Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:
  • Carbohydrate – 17.77 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 2 g
  • Protein – 1.82 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 2 g
  • Sugars – 1.7 g
  • Sodium – 13 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0.16 mg
  • Calcium – 16 mg
  • Iron – 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C – 5 mg
  • Potassium – 415 mg
  • Magnesium – 43 mg
  • Phosphorus – 34 mg
  • Zinc – 0.34 mg
  • Folate – 11 mcg
  • Riboflavin – 0.034 mg
  • Niacin – 0.75 mg
  • Iron – 0.6 mg
Figures above are per 100g of ginger.

 

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Top 10 Ginger Health Benefits 

Ginger and Frozen Peach Smoothie

Top 10 Ginger Health Benefits 

Here are the top ginger health benefits that have been proven by the medical community

 

 

1. Indigestion and Nausea

Ginger has been used for thousands of years as an effective digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea. Recently, Taiwanese researchers discovered that three capsules (1.2 grams total) of ginger can actually help the stomach release its contents into the small intestines in people with dyspepsia — a condition in which 40 percent of patients suffer from abnormally delayed gastric emptying.

This is one reason why ginger helps people who are bloated, constipated and have other gastrointestinal disorders. It relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut lining and helps food move along throughout the system.

 

Key takeaway: Eating whole ginger, drinking fresh ginger juice and inhaling diffused ginger essential oil are all highly effective ways to curb stomach disorders.

 

 

2. Compromised Immunity and Respiratory Function

Ayurvedic medicine has praised ginger’s ability to boost the immune system before recorded history. It believes that because ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. It’s also known to cleanse the lymphatic system, our body’s sewage system.

 

Dr. Oz says, “By opening up these lymphatic channels and keeping things clean, ginger prevents the accumulation of the toxins that make you susceptible to infections, especially in the respiratory system.” Combining ginger oil and eucalyptus oil is an effective remedy to boost immunity and improve breathing.

 

 

3.  Diabetes

Gingerols are widely known to naturally improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity. Building off this knowledge, a 2006 study out of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that they could also suppress sorbitol accumulation in human blood cells and sugar-fed rats. Simply put, ginger not only helps prevent and reverse diabetes itself — it protects against and improves diabetic complications like diabetic retinopathy!

 

4. Bacterial Infections

The Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials published a study in 2011 that tested just how effective ginger is in enhancing immune function. Comparing the ability of ginger to kill Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes with conventional antibiotics, Nigerian researchers discovered that the natural solution won every time!

The drugs — chloramphenicol, ampicillin and tetracycline — just couldn’t stand up to the antibacterial prowess of the ginger extract. This is important because these two bacteria are extremely common in hospitals and oftentimes cause complications to an already immune-compromised patient.

 

Key takeaway: If you ever need to go to the hospital for surgery or to visit a friend, make sure you bring some ginger essential oil with you and add a couple drops to your water. You’re less likely to get a dangerous staph infection, and it can help speed the healing process! Other healing remedies that are effective against infections include oregano oil, clove oil and melaleuca oil

5. Malabsorption

Proper food transport (and nutrient absorption) from the mouth out through your colon is the mainstay to health. If food gets stuck somewhere in between, it can ferment, rot or (even worse) cause obstruction, which is a life-threatening emergency.

 

Improper digestion can also cause improper assimilation of the nutrients in your food. Either way, both cause malabsorption, and your body suffers from nutrient deficiencies. This is why ginger is so important. Like we’ve seen above, it helps promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food and is largely responsible for promoting a strong immune system.

 

 

6. Stroke and Heart Disease

Two of the biggest killers on the planet may be kept at bay with regular ginger use, especially when eaten with other key superfoods. Garlic, ginger and onions all have an anti-blood-clotting ability, yet when they’re eaten together they’re a powerful mainstay against heart attacks and stroke!

7. Ulcers and GERD

Since the 1980s, researchers have known that ginger can cure stomach ulcers. More recently, Indian scientists have been able to more closely quantify this medicinal effect. In a study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, they discovered the ginger was six to eight times more potent than Prevacid, the drug of choice to treat GERD!

 

 

8. Fungal Infections

One of the trickier issues to control because they’re increasingly resistant to conventional medicine, fungal infections don’t stand a chance against ginger. Of the 29 plant species evaluated in a Carleton University study, ginger won the prize for having the extract most effective at killing fungus.

 

Key takeaway: For a powerful anti-fungal punch, mix several drops of pure ginger essential oil with tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil, and apply up to three times a day.

 

9. Pain

Ginger is known for its anti-pain property. Very similar to how capsaicin works to relieve pain, gingerol acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings. Similar to the initial intense burning feel you get when you consume spicy pepper, ginger’s burn only lasts but a second, and researchers discovered that it “affects the pain pathways directly but also relieves the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.”

 

 

10. Cancer

Working with mice without immune systems, University of Minnesota scientists discovered that three weekly feedings of [6]-gingerol delayed the growth of colorectal cancer cells. University of Michigan researchers confirmed these results with ovarian cancer. In fact, they found that “Ginger treatment of cultured ovarian cancer cells induced profound growth inhibition in all cell lines tested.”

 

Key takeaway: The executive director of the Herbal Medicine Research and Education Centre, Basil Roufogalis, advised that, “The most likely way to administer ginger as a painkiller would be in the form of a tea taken several times a day, but more work needs to be done on the amount of ginger powder needed per dose to take effect, and the time required between doses.” For most people, taking 1,000 milligrams of powdered ginger root is effective — or two drops two times daily of ginger essential oil.

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Ginger and Frozen Peach Smoothie

 

June is approaching, nothing says summer like fragrant, juicy peaches. Their sweet, tangy taste also makes the ideal base for a variety of summer smoothies. The peach flavor can easily be lost when combined with different ingredients and certain recipes. if you want the peach to shine, stick to ingredients that enhance their floral quality.

 

 

Frozen Peach and Ginger Smoothie

Serves 2

 

It’s best to use ripe peaches, ripe peaches actually freeze better.
3 ripe peaches, cut in dices then frozen

1 cup plain almond milk (coconut milk alternative )

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon peeled and grated ginger

2 teaspoons raw honey, or more for taste (natural way)

2 teaspoons brown sugar

 

Break up the frozen peaches and add them to the blender along with almond milk, vanilla, ginger and honey. Blend until smooth, stopping to stir mixture if it’s too thick to blend.