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Ginger is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striated texture. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young. Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to Asian stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes. Fresh ginger root is available year round in the produce section of your local market. It is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese

Ginger is among the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

Scientific analysis shows that ginger contains hundreds of compounds and metabolites, some of which may contribute to health and healing. Of these, the gingerols and shogaols have been most extensively researched.

Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

    1. CANCER AND DIABETIC FIGHTER: Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties no doubt make it beneficial for many chronic inflammatory diseases including cancer. Some research shows it has anti-tumor activity that may help defeat difficult-to-treat types of cancer, including lung, colon, ovarian, breast, skin and pancreatic.
    2. WEIGHT LOSS: Ginger is a metabolism boosting substances that may temporarily increase thermogenesis in your body, where your body burns stored up fat to create heat, with beneficial impacts on overall metabolism and fat storage.
    3. WEIGHT LOSS: Ginger is a metabolism boosting substances that may temporarily increase thermogenesis in your body, where your body burns stored up fat to create heat, with beneficial impacts on overall metabolism and fat storage.
    4. IMMUNE BOOSTING ACTION: Ginger can not only be warming in cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful in colds and flus. Ginger is so concentrated with active substance, you don’t have to use very much to receive its beneficial effect. For Arthritis, some people have found relief as little as consuming 1/4 -inch slice of fresh ginger cooked in food. It provides protection against invading micro-organisms, including bacteria.
    5. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS: Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reduction in their pain levels and improvement in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.

MENSTRUAL PAIN: Some research shows that ginger can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women when taking during menstruation. It seems to work about as well as the medication ibuprofen or mefenamic acid
NAUSEA AND VOMITTING: Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea. But it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy- related nausea such as morning sickness. It has long history of use as a sea sickness remedy, and there is some evidence that it may be as effective as prescription medication. Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Cardiovascular health

Other possible uses include reducing cholesterol, lowering the risk of blood clotting, and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. More research is needed, but if proven, ginger could become part of a treatment for heart disease and diabetes.

Dietry

Other anti-inflammatory and antioxidantcompounds found in ginger that that are beneficial to health include gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate.

Ginger pairs well with many different types of seafood, oranges, melon, , pumpkin, rhubarb, and apples, to name a few. When buying fresh ginger, look for a root with smooth, taut skin, with no wrinkles, and a spicy aroma.

Store fresh ginger in a tightly wrapped plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer, and peel and grate it before use. Add it to any suitable dish for extra flavor.
If fresh ginger is not available, you can use dried.

Ways to consume ginger:

  • IN HOT TEA: We drink literally gallons of ginger tea in the fall and winter. Just cut up a hunk of ginger (no need to peel) and pour a lot of boiling water over it.
  • SOUP: Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy soups.
  • WITH FISH: Adding spicy ginger with tender, flaky fish gives aromatic flavor and tastes.
  • IN STIR FRIES: Almost every stir fry could use a little grated or minced ginger to spice things up.

NUTRITIVE VALUE OF GINGER ROOT (RAW) Nutritive value per 100 Gms

Energy (Kcal) 80
Fat (g) 0.75
Protein (g) 1.82
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Carbohydrates (g) 17.77
Sugar (g) 1.7
Dietary fiber (g) 2
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.16
Vitamin C (mg) 5
Magnesium (mg) 43
Potassium (mg) 415
Curated By Dt. Vidhhi Mehtaa