Healthy Foods Ginger

johnnydodStarred Page By johnnydod, 16th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Yet another of my "Healthy foods" articles looking at a list of foods that you might not know just how good they are for you, we now progress onto Ginger.

The root to the road to health.

Ginger is a rhizome, the juicy root is great for sweet or savoury dishes, dried and ground it’s much fierier it can be and is used for drinks, making ginger biscuits and gingerbread.

Chinese Medicine has recommended ginger almost as an artform, for over two thousand years for the treatment of vomiting, diarrhoea, and rheumatism; it’s used a lot in Ayurvedic and Tibetan systems of medicine, The Hindu epic Mahabharata written around the 4th century BC describes a meal where meat is stewed with ginger and other spices.

Sea sick? ginger can sort that out.

Ginger is well known as a treatment for appetite loss, indigestion and studies are nearing completion in its uses for motion sickness

The American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory in Salt Lake City conducted a classic study on motion sickness and found that Ginger was instrumental in helping combating motion sickness.

Ginger contains.

  1. Calcium (Good for your bones)
  2. Carbohydrate (There are good and bad Carbs, ginger contains only good carbs or Complex carbs.
  3. Complex carbs are the ones that give your body the best fuel. They are usually found in foods high in fiber, which break down more slowly, giving you a steady blood sugar level through the day and making you feel less hungry and irritable when mid-afternoon rolls around.)
  4. Dietary Fibre (treats or prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis.
  5. helps decrease blood cholesterol levels
  6. Iron (Your blood loves Iron)
  7. Magnesium ( protects against heart disease and heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke, type II diabetes, shall I go on?)
  8. Manganese (Not to be confused with Magnesium, Manganese boosts your sex hormones, it does a lot more as well but who cares)
  9. Potassium (muscles and nerves)
  10. (growth and repair)
  11. Selenium ( its an antioxidant, helps the immune system and thyroid hormone metabolism,AND fertility in men, in other words" it puts lead in your pencil")
  12. Sodium (electrical nerve impulses and transport nutrients to cells.NOTE Not the same as salt, salt is only 40 percent sodium the other 60 percent of salt is chloride, )
  13. Vitamin C, E and B6 (All vitamins are good for you)

Ginger in the morning, ginger in the evening, ginger at supper time,

Take a 1/3 teaspoon of fresh of powdered ginger when you feel a migraine coming on, can help stop pain before it starts

Ginger can be used as a spice, fresh or dried and ground to a powder, its brilliant in stir fries and a whole host of other receipts.

Why not try making your own Ginger and butternut ice-cream? All you need is some double cream chopped, fresh ginger, egg yolks, caster sugar, some cooked butternut squash, and some lemon juice.

Its great in salads and no English gent would be seen dead without his jar of ginger marmalade for his toast in the morning.

Ginger and Sheep?

Ginger comes from the same family as cardamom and turmeric, its history goes back over 5000 years, its origins are thought to be Indian and or Chinese, Sailors would carry it as potted plants rapidly spreading into many other countries, it was used extensively by the Romans, but seemed to have died out when the Roman empire did the same.

Ginger along with black pepper was one on the most common spices during the 13th and 14th centuries, in England ginger was very sought after and became so expensive that a pound of ginger cost about the same as sheep.

Pregnant? Ginger can help smooth the way

Tea made with Ginger and Lemon is refreshing, good for colds and sore throats, helps digestion, used as an aid for blood circulation.

And for the pregnant lady suffering from nausea and vomiting, Ginger is a safe remedy
drinking a cup of homemade ginger tea with a little added lemon will be a godsend.

Ginger around the world

  • In Burma], ginger is used to prevent the flu.
  • In China, ginger is used for the common cold.
  • In Congo, ginger is crushed and mixed with mango tree sap to make tangawisi juice, which is considered a panacea.
  • In India, ginger is used to relieve headache,the common cold.and for treating nausea.
  • In Indonesia, ginger ("jahe" in Indonesian) is used to reduce fatigue, reducing "winds" in the blood, prevent and cure rheumatism and control poor dietary habits.
  • In the Philippines it is considered good for a sore throat.
  • In the United States, ginger is used to prevent motion and morning sickness.
  • In Peru, ginger is sliced in hot water as an infusion for stomach aches as "infusión de Kión"

So you see Ginger is a "Must have" food for good health

Some of my othe articles on Health foods include:-
Cumin
Corn
Apple
Linseed & Flaxseed
White Tea
Aloe Vera

Poetry and more
Vegetarianism
Veganism

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author avatar aking1614
21st Mar 2011 (#)

Glad to know I've been doing something right!

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author avatar chalam
21st Mar 2011 (#)

A "must read" for good health.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Mar 2011 (#)

I love the taste of ginger and use it in many of my best recipes. I'm glad to hear that it is so beneficial to my continuing good health. Another good article Johnny. You definitely earned the star. The photos are really beautiful.

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author avatar Carol
21st Mar 2011 (#)

I love ginger, and it's nice to know it is so good for us. Thank you

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author avatar Dafeenah
21st Mar 2011 (#)

I love ginger, We put it in just about everything we cook. I had no idea it was so healthy though. I just thought it tasted good. Thanks for sharing this. Congrats on the star! Well deserved

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Mar 2011 (#)

Great informative article, as always, Johnny. I never knew that Ginger was so good for you! Congrats on a well deserved Star page...

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author avatar Hamender
21st Mar 2011 (#)

Nice Article... I like ginger only in tea...

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author avatar yugasini
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

hi friend,
nice article, have a nice day

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author avatar foxpete88
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

useful info, thanks.-

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author avatar Austee
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

Ginger really have alot of use for our health. Great info!

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author avatar James R. Coffey
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

I'm a HUGE ginger fan. Very nice presentation!

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
23rd Mar 2011 (#)

I like the powder ginger more it relax the throat when mix in drink!

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author avatar AnnH
24th Mar 2011 (#)

Nice post, very interesting.

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25th Mar 2011 (#)

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1st Apr 2011 (#)

I have joined

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author avatar vpaulose
26th Mar 2011 (#)

Very interesting article Johnnydad. Kindly guide me to write more and better and promote those articles.
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author avatar zed
26th Mar 2011 (#)

very very informative! thanks for sharing

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author avatar TNT_Brian
27th Mar 2011 (#)

great information, and nicely presented too. I'm not a fan of ginger as a savoury ingredient but i love adding it to cakes

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author avatar Denise O
1st Apr 2011 (#)

When I first took on cooking any asian food, say about 30 years ago. I could never get that taste, that you associate with asian food, then I learned about ginger. Made all the difference in the world. Your recipe has me drooling, it sounds just lovely. Great presentation and facts. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

johnnydod,
I use ginger juice mixed with honey when I get soar throat.

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author avatar johnnydod
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

Sounds good to me Rathnashikamani. I drink Ginger tea all day. and sprinkle a little on ice-cream, its great.
Thank you all for your idears and suggestions.

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