What is ginger?
Ginger is a plant with dense roots and stems, that grows predominantly in India and China. Its official name is Zingiber officinale
. In the first century, ginger began to make its way into Europe, as the exotic spice trade increased in demand. It was the Romans who first discovered its many varied uses and it has a long history for being used as a cooking ingredient as well as a medicinal aid.
The strains of ginger we see today in supermarkets and shopping malls are generic versions and in recent years, ginger has been hailed as a natural super drug
. Ginger contains a plethora of composites like Zingerone, shogaols, gingerols, and volatile oils
which gives it a trademark, distinctive smell. Today, we see most of our supplies of ginger coming from China and India as it thrives best in warm and damp climates
. For centuries, the Chinese people have hailed the properties of Ginger
and consider it a much underrated plant in the Western World. Recent trials and research have even gone so far as to say that ginger could be helpful in treating certain cancers and other serious illness that does not respond to scientific treatments.
The health benefits of ginger
Ginger spice belongs to the Cardamom family of plants; commonly found in soothing teas. Many use ginger because it has the same kind of calming properties. The rhizome, which is the bulbous root we use, can be ground up and dried out or the gingerol oils can be extracted and used directly. Ginger is a common ingredient in many foods
and liquid drinks but it is fast earning a reputation as being a brilliant health supplement when eaten raw, or as a singular food. Many use ginger tea as a pick-me-up or to calm and soothe a nervous imbalance and because of its high content of antioxidants it is reportedly great for inflammation problems
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