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Ginger – The root with a long list of health benefits

Ginger is one of those super foods that are routinely used in our daily diet. May it be ginger tea, ginger beer, ginger-ale or simply ginger water; this incredibleadditive has been globally boasted as herb with powerful anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral properties, and one of the known spices that can add aromatic punch to your daily food.

Ginger or Zingiber Officinaleis a blooming plant with an underground weird looking stump root; known as ginger root.The zesty spice,native to the tropical rain forest of Asia, is used throughout the world; in variety of different forms, such as the whole fresh root, dried root, powdered ginger etc.Some of the extraordinary, unique nutritional properties of ginger have placed it, in the category of super foods with many functional usage and health benefits.

The rich chemical composition, strong aromatic influence and number of potential health benefits, make this wonder spice a “must have” in your daily diet regime.

Active ingredients of Ginger

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The traditional allopathic approach has incorporated all synthetic components for the speedy recovery, but can cause various structural and functional alterations.In this regard, some of the ancient natural herbs,like ginger and their active components can play a significant therapeutic role in the health management, by offering safe and natural treatment.

Some of the key components of ginger are,

  • Fatty Acids
  • Vitamin C, B complex and Fat soluble Vitamins
  • Inorganic Salts
  • Essential Amino Acids
  • Gingerol & proteins

Due to this unique amalgamation of nutrition, vitamins and essential amino acids; ginger can stimulate metabolism by secreting digestive juices and neutralizing food toxins.

Therapeutic benefits of ginger and ginger water

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Lot of ancient scriptures has suggested the immense potential of the Indian food we consume, in our daily life.  Each and every simple food, right from the morning ginger water, till the turmeric milk before bed, has therapeutic advantages according to these ayurveda scriptures. Ginger has lot of medicinal properties such as 

  • Anti Carcinogenic

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Cancer currently is one of the highly influential diseases, imposing a major financial burden on a society. It has been evidently concluded from worldwide studies that ginger have exhibited anti carcinogenic properties in many different types of cancers such as lung cancer, prostate cancer, etc. Research has suggested that raw ginger contains large amount of anti cancerous compound, 6- Gingerol with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity.

  • Protection against neurological indication

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Ginger and its component play a very significant role in reducing the progression of all major neurological indications such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. that have become a major threat to the society. A huge conglomeration of data from various clinical studies have confirmed the presence of anti- oxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and immune regulatory properties, slowing down the functional deaths of brain cells and regulating immune destruction of non functional brain cells

  • Metabolic booster aiding in weight loss

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Indigestion and other diseases related to digestion are common problems, troubling the mankind from ages. Some of the symptoms; which can be categorized under digestive disorders are cramps, bloating, gas, constipation, weight gain, heartburn etc.

People, who are suffering from these painful symptoms will be happy to know that ginger and gingered water can provide symptomatic relief from all digestion associated issues by boosting your metabolism and thereby promoting or regulating healthy weight ratio. It has as well been published that ginger can keep blood sugar under maintenance and is as well a good source of protein, promoting accelerated recovery of muscle loss.

Ginger can also be credited for some of the less known benefits such as pain reliever, easing breathing issues, increase sexual desire, anti-allergen, etc.

The Recipe

If you are quite choosy about the pungent flavor of ginger root, you can modify it with the simple recipe mentioned below.

Ingredients

2-3 inches of fresh ginger root

4-5 cups of water

1/2 lemon

Raw honey

Preparation

Grate pieces of ginger root and boil the same in 2-3 cups of water. Squeeze a lemon and sweeten the water with raw honey. Strain and you can enjoy it warm or cold as per your choice. 

Ginger and ginger water can display many potential therapeutic benefits for the entire family. So, whenever you are thinking of food shopping,consider picking up some good quality ginger as one of your main agendas!

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