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).
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 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.
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.