Ginger root has magical powers that protect the body against many ailments and has been in use for the last 5000 years! It was a prized possession and sought after for not just being a culinary delight but medicinal properties too. It finds extensive references in Ayurveda.
It has been known to correct loss of appetite, nausea, pain, digestive issues. However, specifically it plays an important role in fighting flu and inflammations in our upper respiratory track.It gets its therapeutic properties from the chemical ‘Gingerol’ and is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Ginger has thermogenic properties i.e it raises the body temperature and helps in boosting body metabolism. This, indirectly aids in weight loss too. Also, it has satiety factors. This means it helps curb unwanted hunger as it controls the blood sugar levels. Ginger root is also known to work wonders in controlling blood cholesterol levels in the body.
Ginger is a spice that accentuates the properties of other herbs when combined with it. The combination of ginger, garlic and onion used in Indian food is a now considered as a key factor that keeps many diseases at bay.
Apart from being used fresh, it is available in dried and powdered versions too. It is frequently pickled in many cuisines worldwide. The ginger juice and oil also find widespread use.
Some home remedies using ginger-
- Ginger tea is a favorite in Indian households and a great remedy for battling cold and flu. DCN recommends its use during the monsoons to boost your immunity.
- The combination of fresh ginger juice, ground pepper and honey always comes handy when down with cough and cold.
- To make a ginger infusion, grate some fresh ginger into a mug of warm water and squeeze in a lemon. Mix 1 tsp of honey. Your daily dose of immune boosting supplement is ready!
4 gm of dried powder or 4 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger is safe and helps to achieve results for various ailments.
Caution should be taken by diabetic, people suffering from hypertension and those on blood clotting medicines, if they plan to consume in higher quantities.
Heating of ginger should be done in moderation for proper release of antioxidants and maintaining the levels of gingerol. Ideally 5-10 minutes of heating is perfect for its properties to get enhanced without compromising on the phytochemical. concentration.