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The Mighty Ginger

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For centuries ginger has found its place in kitchens of south Asia. In many cultures ginger is not only used as a delicacy but also as a medicine and a spice. In Indian culture, ginger is used along with honey as any mother’s antidote for flu infections. Ginger has also maintained its reputation in Ayurveda, where it is mixed with many herbs to treat lot of upper respiratory infections, stomach infections and muscle pains.  Many drug related studies have confirmed that ginger has properties to inhibit growth of various species of bacteria.

Ginger also makes a great spice to add flavor to the food. In south-Asian countries it is used in majority of dishes such as soups, curries, noodles, etc. In India and Pakistan, ginger is grated and fried with onion, garlic, cumin to prepare lentils, soups and curries. Not only that,  it is  majorly used as a key ingredient in preparing white tea, called ‘chai‘. It is also used as a pickle where ginger is grated and pickled with vinegar or lemon juice. In south Korea ginger is used in preparation of many spicy sauces, salads and famous pickles.

Benefits of ginger:

1. Ginger is rich in antioxidants. Hence a great fat burner.

2. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s oil can be applied to treat headaches and joint pains.

3. Ginger fights upper respiratory infections. Slices of ginger are boiled in hot water to make tea. It’s also added to mixed fruit juice to prevent cold. It’s juice is mixed with honey or sugar to relieve throat pain, to fight cough and cold.

4. Ginger helps in digestion. Cook it in your curries and soups. It will also enhance the flavor of food.

Safety Precaution:

In some people ginger can cause digestive upset or heartburn. I myself suffered from heartburn last night for consuming it empty-stomach. A research conducted by National Institute of Health claims that ginger may trigger low blood sugar in some patients. It may also interfere with some medicines. So if you are on some medicines and want to use ginger medically, please consult your doctor prior to use. Its a good habit to read for warning signs on your medicine.

Tip of the post: Use fresh ginger to enjoy maximum benefits.

Stay fresh and healthy.

-Nakul Bajaj