Ginger is a root/underground stem that has many health benefits. Today it is used in America primarily as baking condiment, but there are many properties to this plant that should be looked at and considered more closely.
Ginger has long been known as a digestive aid, but there is so much more.
Ginger is related to onions and celery and they all have interesting and potentially valuable bioactive compounds that may impart some health benefits. It contains some natural plant chemicals that work against inflammation. Many chronic diseases are driven by inflammation, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, obesity, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and even skin wrinkling. These “phytochemicals” are also valuable in boosting immune system functioning-especially in combating viral infections.
Other possible desirable affects being studied include heart disease benefits, lowered cholesterol, and blood clot prevention. Studies are also in the works on ginger’s beneficial effects on female cancers such as ovarian cancer.
Incorporating ginger into your diet:
► Chop or grate it into sauces, dressings or right on top of your salad, poultry or seafood.
► Snack on candied ginger or make it your dessert.
► Pickled ginger can be used as a condiment.
► Drink freshly brewed tea steeped with a thumbnail piece of chopped ginger daily.
► Dried powdered ginger is more potent than fresh and can easily be used in cooking or sprinkled directly on foods.
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