Ingredient of the month 13: Ginger- its uses and health benefits
|Fresh ginger root|
This month, as the weather in the Northern hemisphere heads into Autumn, I though I'd feature this well-known spice for its warming properties. Ginger needs no introduction as it's used so widely, but did you know how healthy as well as tasty it is?
Ginger is a low-calorie food and rich in vitamins B5 and B6. It also contains vitamin C. In terms of minerals, ginger is a source of potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium.
Health benefits and medicinal uses:
The potassium in ginger can help to control heart rate and blood pressure. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory. It is great for the digestion, and can kill certain microbes too. (Remember the old remedy of drinking a tea of lemon, honey and ginger when you have a cold?)
Ginger contains several essential oils which benefit health, among them gingerol, which can relieve the nausea caused by motion or morning sickness (I can vouch for this!) Gingerols can even alleviate pain, soothe the nerves and bring down a fever. Eaten in the early stages, ginger's essential oils can also relieve a migraine. Another essential oil in ginger, zingerone, can cure the diarrhea brought on by E coli.
Gingery recipes from this blog:
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