Nuts About Ginger!
I am a ginger nut and so is my dog Yountie, but I am also nutty about ginger! Ginger rocks! Whether it is as a whole root fresh as it comes, a dried root, powdered, crystallised, pickled or in tea, it is a spice that could rock your world like the 90's girl band!
The spice girls were right when they said 'spice up your life' ginger spice especially as ginger has so many benefits. It has been used for medicinal purposes in China and India for thousands of years (the root I mean, not the girl band or Geri Halliwell!)
So lets cut to the chase and find out about everything ginger has to offer:
- It can soothe burns.
- It soothes the digestive system.
- It helps to reduce nausea and things like dizziness, motion sickness in the car, sea sickness and vomiting.
- It is an anti-inflammatory. Ginger contains compounds called gingerols (seriously thats what they are called) which help to inhibit the formation of anti-inflammatory cytokines (these dudes are chemical messengers in your immune system). So this means ginger could be amazing for arthritis sufferers.
- It reduces muscle pain and soreness (so get it in you after the gym!)
- It may help to reduce menstrual pain and can help with morning sickness during pregnancy.
- It is linked to the reduction of growth in different types of bacteria, so this helps to lower our chances of getting an infection.
- Studies have shown that it may fight cancer cells due to its anti-tumor effects.
- It helps to maintain healthy blood circulation.
- It helps to increase the absorption of essential nutrients by stimulating stomach and pancreas enzyme secretion.
Ginger really does rock hey! I'm not biased at all, make up your own mind and try it out in some dishes, have ginger tea, add it to a juice or smoothie or just do what my grandma would do and use it as an excuse to eat crystallised stem ginger!