Know Your Ingredients - GINGER
Today we are going to be talking an ingredient that you guys requested - GINGER
Ginger is one the most delicious and healthiest spices in the world. It is a spice that has gained popularity lately for its amazing health benefits.
Just like Turmeric, Ginger is root or rhizome of the ginger plant. Ginger is commercially available fresh, dried, powdered, candied and in the form of an essential oil. I typically buy organic ginger root and use it with the peel for cooking. But if you are using conventional ginger, it’s a good idea to peel the ginger before using it. You can easily remove the peel with a spoon, just like I showed in the Turmeric Video. Watch the video below to see how to peel ginger without a knife or a peeler.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER
The main bioactive compound of Ginger is 6-gingerol. This compound is responsible for the anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of ginger. Studies have found ginger to be protective against several cancers, including ovarian, colorectal, lung and breast cancers
According to Ayurveda, Ginger is warming by nature so it helps with CIRCULATION. It helps improve blood flow in the body, especially during cold winter months.
Ginger has CARMINATIVE effects, meaning, it helps digest the food well and helps in the assimilation of nutrients. It also helps get rid of excess bloating or gassiness caused by certain foods.
A good functioning gut leads to a stronger immune system. Ginger therefore helps boost immunity by supporting the respiratory system and may help reduce the symptoms of Asthma and other respiratory conditions like common cold and flu.
CULINARY USES OF GINGER:
Ginger can be used in so many different ways - It is used in gingerbread cookies, ginger ale, soups and stews. Ginger is extensively used in Asian and Indian cuisines. Grated ginger can be added to chai and Golden Milk or Turmeric Milk. Ginger Lemon Tea is one of my other favorite fall/ winter beverages.
While consuming ginger in moderate amounts is great for the body, over consumption of this spice may lead to side-effects like nausea, dizziness, excessive bleeding during period, cramping in the stomach etc. So, be sure to consume it in moderate amounts and reap the benefits of this super spice!