Ginger – 5 reasons why you should include it in your daily diet


Cranberry sauce with Ginger - A Whole Foods suggested Recipe

Zingiber officinale or ginger is native to Asia, where it has been known to have been used by cultures over four thousand years.  In Asia it is a popular accompaniment to most meal plans or used as a cooking spice. Scientists have shown the presence of several volatile oils and pungent phenols and are researching the active ingredients for traditional therapies. Click here for hundreds of photographs of ginger rhizome, the flowering plant and illustrations (although some are of animals and people named ginger).

A Ginger Rhizome at the Grocery Store

GINGER RESEARCH – 5 major health benefits

The ginger rhizome extracts could reduce bacterial load (Gaus et. al., 2009); have strong anti-oxidative activity (Kikuzaki & Nakatani, 2006); and have potential anticancer agents (Miyoshi et. al., 2003), especially gastric cancer chemo-prevention (Gaus et. al., 2009). Ginger extracts have strong inhibitory effects on COX-2 enzyme activity, an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain (Tjendraputra et. al., 2001).

GINGER SCIENCE

Ginger has been used fresh or as a dried powder. The rhizome of the plant holds the active ingredients used in traditional therapies. The fresh rhizome is the form in which ginger is sold and it is used in Asia in hot, boiling teas which probably assists in extracting the active ingredients. Herbalists supply it as extracts, tinctures, capsules and oils. For more information on the biology, and volatile and non-volatile constituents of ginger visit the University of Maryland Medical Center site which includes ginger on its list of top ten foods that prevent inflammation.

Alpinia purpurata - Hawaiian Red Ginger plant in the field

Ginger has been traditionally used to treat:

The common cold; Motion sickness; Chemotherapy nausea; and Inflammation.

It is so easy to include a little amount of ginger in your daily diet. Doing so may prevent some inflammation from bacteria, and pain and certain types of cancer. Below we include examples of how different people all around the world are doing so.

RECIPES WITH GINGER 

Please, visit the sites below with links for the ginger recipes by different authors, several creative and delicious international ones from our wordpress community:

1) Hot tea – soothing

Add slices of fresh ginger to boiling water and continue to boil for two minutes, add favorite tea bag or loose tea and steep following directions one to nine minutes. Visit this amazing Boston tea site for ginger teas.

2) Alcoholic – delightful

Visit Aimee’s site for a ginger mojito.

3) Fabulous chicken meal – great for hungry men.

Tested by brothers and made by a loving sister.

4) Healthy fruit sauce – tested by busy graduate student.

Uses a teaspoon of dried ginger in a apple-pear sauce.

5) A mouth-watering apricot chicken recipe.

Uses ginger powder and incorporates caramelized figs.

6) A fish recipe – ginger glazed salmon.
Utilizes the juice of fresh ginger.

7) The classic gingerbread man.

A recipe that makes lots of ginger cookies using ginger powder.

8) An amazingly beautiful chicken soup for the common cold.

9) Apple peel, jalapeno, ginger jelly – Wow!

A creative young man came up with this clever “Keep the doctor away” sweet, spicy and HOT recipe that you can keep in a jar.

10) A delicious chocolate cake with ginger by ‘Eatmeetswest’ is simply delicious.

This cake makes it easier for the young creator of this AWESOME recipe to cope with those Australian winters.

The main ingredient is ginger and this recipe uses a generous helping of it! The photos and step by step guide are so helpful on this site.

11) The cranberry sauce with ginger sauce recipe from Whole Foods.
Perfect, for family fall gatherings like Thanksgiving, or a year – round recipe for sour and spicy good times.

GROWING GINGER – at home :

According to a ginger enthusiast in Hawaii, it is not too complicated to grow ginger at home. It would be fun to try it to have a constant fresh supply at home.

Hawaiian Ginger - 5 days after leaves noticed on planting

Hawaiian ginger - One month after sprouting

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42 Comments

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42 responses to “Ginger – 5 reasons why you should include it in your daily diet

  1. Great article! I’m happy to have attended your seminar last weekend and learn hands-on about what Pursue Natural is looking to offer. It’s exciting to know how many benefits are available from something as simple as ginger, and thanks to your education I’ve been able to enjoy the benefits of using ginger at just the right time–allergy season! Thanks for helping me fight this cold, and at the same time how this has been used globally and traditionally as well…looking forward to seeing your products, and thanks again.

    • Wow. Great blog. I love all the links. I will admit to nibbling on raw ginger root to lower my blood sugar. That’s weird, isn’t it?

      • I am sorry to hear you have blood sugar. Hope ginger helps and with the help of diligent physicians you live a long, healthy and quality life. Also, thank you for your compliment. It keeps all of us writing and sharing and meeting each other in our virtual community.

  2. here’s another recipe using ginger–one of my favorite rhizomes! 🙂 Gingery Beef Stir Fry:
    http://laurenzietsman.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/gingery-beef-stir-fry-with-chinese-forbidden-rice/

  3. I am LondonEss

    Great article! I personally adore ginger and enjoy a ginger tea about four times a week. Have a wonderful Friday all, be inspired and encouraged! Remember that every moment you are present in, can be a moment experienced. For another great ginger recipe check this out http://wp.me/1kcFR

  4. MK

    Here’s the link to my blog for the Ginger Paste recipe: http://gastroparesisandgastronomy.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/sooo-clever/
    Thanks for stopping by. Mary

  5. Thanks for your lovely comments. I’d heard a bit about the medicinal properties of ginger and I have used it myself for motion sickness, which I found quite effective.

    Here’s the recipe for , and as a 🙂

  6. (er, sorry, seems I got the HTML wrong, I’m an amateur at these things! eek)

  7. onrizal

    Very useful information. Traditionally, ginger is common used by local people in Indonesia for medicinal purposes, called jamu. Now, ginger is also packed by pharmacy company.

    Please come to Indonesia.
    See you and regards,
    Onrizal

    • @ onrizal: Thank you for letting us know the common name for Ginger in Indonesia – Jamu. International information like this is exactly what our readers will benefit from. Do visit our site often and share your knowledge, and hopefully the knowledge handed down from your ancestors, with us. It so happens that I will be visiting Indonesia but have a full schedule already. Perhaps, another time our readers could plan to attend a center or conference on such topics of interest in Indonesia.

  8. Lady Strobo

    Ginger is not only good for you, but soooo delicious! I love to julienne ginger and stir fry it or use it in a dessert to add a punch. But my favorite thing is my chicken ginger fried rice…. http://catchakitchen.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/chicken-ginger-fried-rice/

  9. As suggested 🙂

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  10. Interesting article. Ginger adds great depth to many dishes. Here is a link to my apple peel -ginger-jalepeno jelly recipe. Enjoy!
    http://diyfoodordie.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/apple-ginger-jalepeno-jelly/

  11. Thank you, Andrew for your delicious apple peel ginger jalepeno jelly recipe for my readers.

  12. I’m a big lover of ginger, as it’s a fabulous natural remedy for the nausea I experience when I’m stressed or anxious. I swear by ginger tea!

    I also swear by Chocolate and Ginger cake. Why? Because it’s AWESOME.
    http://eatmeetswest.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/know-your-audience-plus-monster-chocolate-cake/

  13. Pingback: Recipe Wednesday ~ Homemade Ginger Tea | The Caffeinated Witch™

  14. I’m so happy that you stopped by my blog today. Yes, Ginger is amazing! And the links to so many different recipes that you have gathered is fantastic (Oma’s Chicken soup is one I will have to try). I can see that your blog is filled with quite a bit of valuable information and I’m looking forward to exploring your previous posts as well as reading your future posts!

  15. Thank you, for your enthusiastic support “The Caffeinated Witch”! and I look forward to you and your readers visiting again, and often.

  16. Here’s a more detailed description on how to grow fresh ginger: http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/growing-ginger.html. Thanks for sharing this post!

    • Thank you, Melissa, for your link to a more detailed description on how to grow fresh ginger. I will include it in the main post shortly, because that is where it belongs. You have shown our readers how easily ginger may be grown at home, if unavailable in local stores.

  17. Very cool, I enjoyed this post. I am an absolute ginger fanatic and I can’t get enough of that sweet heat. In fact, I’ve started a blog dedicated to ginger, check it out!

    http://thegingerblog.wordpress.com

  18. metronaturale

    thank you for your comment on my gingerbread latte recipe! I am a ginger fanatic and I love the added health benefits http://metronaturale.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/naturally-sweetened-gingerbread-latte/

  19. jennynelson

    Wonderful article – for another great ginger recipe try this mimic of thai flavors in my Carrot Ginger Soup: http://jennynelson.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/carrot-ginger-soup/ .

  20. rchakaki

    Thank you.. love the advice.. great article

  21. This was an exceptional post for me! Great idea to add to my health! 🙂

  22. Thanks for liking my site and pointing me in the direction of yours. I can see I will learn a lot from it.

  23. Interesting and informative. I use ginger regularly in most of the dishes I prepare. Glad to know I’m doing the right thing. Have to confess I love candied ginger! But only as a special treat.

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