The Best Ways to Use Ginger

15 December, 2019
By adding ginger to your foods, not only will you be giving dishes a special flavor, you'll also be promoting your health, as ginger helps reinforce the immune system and fight free radicals. Will you try it?
 

Ginger is a thick, gnarly root that has been used since antiquity in fine gastronomy, especially in alternative medicine. This root has been used in Asia for more than 3,000 years, but its exact country of origin is not known. Use of the root spread from Asia to the rest of the world and is now commonly found in just about any market.

The root of the ginger plant is used in many kitchens to flavor different dishes, whether sweet or savory. Overall, it’s known for the touch of spice it gives to foods and for being a rich source of nutrients that are good for your health. In this article, we’d like to share the three best ways to use ginger and its health benefits.

The Best Ways to Use Ginger

1. Tea

ginger-tea use ginger

Ginger tea is one of the most common ways to take advantage of the properties of this root. According to information published in Phytotherapy Research, ginger has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-proliferative potential, among others.

Therefore, you can include it in a balanced diet in order to promote your health and prevent disease. In addition, it can be useful to relax your body and soothe common ailments.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • A c. boiling water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Directions

  • First, grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger root and add it to a cup of boiling water.
  • Then, add a little honey and lemon juice to taste.
  • In addition, you can also make this recipe with a cup of boiling milk instead of water.

Also read: How to Grow Ginger at Home

2. Fresh in your dishes

Next, the spicy touch of ginger is ideal for adding a unique flavor to foods and recipes. The amount you’ll use will depend on the intensity of flavor that you want to give your dishes. This spice can be grated, crushed or sliced to add it to whatever you want.

Overall, it can be added to foods like:

  • meat dishes
  • various kinds of salads
  • rice
  • fish and seafood
  • oil flavoring
  • bread
  • cookies
  • desserts
  • puddings

3. Ground ginger

ground-ginger

You can often find it at the store already ground. However, you can also prepare it at home using the dried root. If you choose to grind it yourself, you’ll need to first wash and sundry it, or in an oven. When it’s completely dry, cut into pieces and grind in a mortar or coffee grinder.

You can use powdered ginger in:

 
  • tea
  • juice and smoothies
  • any dishes
  • salad dressings

The Amazing Properties of Ginger

According to this article in the Journal of Medicinal Food, this root is a powerful anti-inflammatory and thus contributes to the relief of various forms of inflammation-related pain. Plus, it blocks the release of prostaglandins and leukotrienes that cause inflammation.

In addition, it contains antioxidants that are useful for the ridding of free radicals and preventing various types of chronic noncommunicable diseases. Let’s look at their properties in more detail.

It strengthens your immune system

immune-system

Thanks to its main active compound, gingerol, ginger is good for preventing disease. As detailed in this study published in Natural Product Communications, gingerol has a variety of biological functions that include anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

It fights nausea and dizziness

People use it since ancient times as a natural treatment against stomach problems such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea. In Natural Standard they affirm there’s scientific evidence to demonstrate that this plant helps reduce pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. But, only when consumed in small doses and for short periods of time.

 

Check out this article: Medicinal Uses of Ginger

Anti-migraines

Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, ginger root decreases the tension, inflammation, and pain caused by migraines. In fact, research published in Phytotherapy Research compares its effects with sumatriptan therapy and suggests it may be effective against this kind of pain. And, there’s also less risk of side effects.

Ginger as an aid for losing weight

burn-fat

A study published in the journal Metabolism found that ginger has properties that can speed up metabolism and thus help burn fat more easily. This is because it promotes thermogenesis and increases the body’s natural ability to eliminate fat. In addition, it favors the feeling of satiety. Generally, it supports weight control.

In short

Ginger is a great spice that can provide many health benefits. However, you must consume it moderately and for no reason should it replace any treatments prescribed by your doctor. Consult a professional before you begin taking it as a supplement.

 
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