What you can always find in my house: Fresh Ginger. It’s like my medicine for everything and I just love it as a tea. The stronger the better. I drink this tea all day and the whole day. Whether it is -10 or +40 degrees, ask me what I would like to drink and my answer will be fresh ginger tea. I prefer the grinded version so I can taste the ginger even better; nice and sharp. If they serve in slices, that’s fine by me too. I’ll just use my spoon to get the zingy taste out of it. You can add a slice of fresh orange of lemon in it as well. Just the way you like it. Or you can do as we do at BitterSweetz; fresh mint, fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick in a big glass of hot water. Great taste and very healthy!
What is ginger and what are its health benefits
Ginger is a root of the gingerplant; aplant that only occurs in cultivated state. The ginger plant is family of the turmeric and cardamom. The ancient Greeks already knew way back about the health benefits of the root. In the Middle Ages ginger was an expensive spice that seafarers brought back from the far East. Monks in monasteries were the first to experience the health benefits of ginger.
The most important produces of the root are gingerol and shogaol, which provide the spicy, hot taste. You don’t eat ginger in it’s pure way but you use it to flavor your food, drink it as a tea or use it in bakings. You can find ginger as a root (fresh ginger), as a syrop, as a powder (djahe) or preserved. All can be used for both sweet and savory dishes. The Asian Kitchen almost always uses ginger in all it’s food for the taste and the many health benefits.
For example, ginger is often prescribed against motion sickness and all forms of nausea. This includes seasickness, motion sickness, nausea during pregnancy, around menstruation and even after or during chemotherapy.
According to Arabic folklore, ginger is good for improving your memory. It is therefore traditionally used for the improvement of brain functions. In one study, an extract of ginger appears to have a positive effect on both attention and cognitive functions.
In Chinese medicine, ginger is known for its positive effect on digestion, the stomach area and the lungs. It stimulates your pancreas to produce digestive enzymes that help break down sugars and fats. Your saliva production, bile and gastric juices also get a boost from ginger, so that the stomach contents go to the intestines faster and the felling of bloating decreases.
In addition, ginger would have an analgesic effect. It is now no longer only Chinese medicine that believes in the beneficial effects of ginger. Various scientific studies have shown that ginger contains anti-inflammatory substances. It has a purifying, cleansing effect on the lymphatic system and this system ensures that the harmful, toxic substances are expelled from the body.
Ginger is often called a superfood and that is true as you could read as written above. Ginger has many health benefits and is also a very good seasoning for various bakings (sweet and savory). It contains many anti-oxidants which supports the resistance and slows down the aging process. It contains a lot of potassium, copper, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and manganese. It is also rich in enzymes, which in turn ensures that nutrients are properly absorbed.
So come and join me to drink this delicious fresh ginger tea. If you think that is a bridge too far you can always take the Turmeric Latte where we use the powdered ginger. Together with our carrot cake (we added fresh ginger) your day is complete. Not in the mood for hot drinks, our fresh fruit&vegetable juices are juiced with a chunk of fresh ginger to spice it up! There is always something for every one.
A note: too much, even from this lovely root, can have a different effect the expected. So be carefull when you take medicine since ginger delutes the blood. If you notice more inconvenient aspects when drinking or eating (a lot of) ginger, just stop taking it!