Why Ginger is good for you.

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Ginger is one of the  world’s healthiest spice.  It belongs to the family of zingiberaceae along with turmeric, cardamon and galangal. This aromatic, spicy and pungent root is used to add flavor  to foods. It also has  some  medicinal  properties.

A visit to any Nigerian  market will expose one to different types of spices. There is a spice for any kind of delicacy one wants to prepare, be it fried rice,  bitterleaf soup, banga soup anything just name it. Most of these spices are highly processed, containing monosodiun glutamate and other harmful  chemicals which is not good for the body. Ginger root is a healthy alternative to these spices.

As a child, I fell in love with  ginger after demolishing  a plate of hot rice and stew spiced with fresh  ginger. I loved it for the sweet aroma and taste it gave the food oblivious  of its health benefits.  Aside from its flavor enhancing ability, ginger has other numerous health benefits

The health benefits of ginger 

1. Relieves pain. An anti inflammatory compound called gingerol present in ginger has analgesic  effect on the joints. Gingerol is a natural pain killer.

2. Weight control.  It’s a natural  fat burner. Research  has found that intake of ginger lowers the cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the body. It prevent fat deposit  in the arteries.

3. Nausea. Ginger can be used to treat nausea and vomiting  associated with early pregnancy signs. It can also be used to cure nausea associated with  motion sickness.

4. Improve sex. By aiding blood flow and improving  artery health , ginger can enhance ones sex life. It has also been shown to boost the levels of testeteron and sperm viability.

5. Treat cold and flu. The root has been  used for many year in the treatment of cold and flu.  It can be used to relieve Nassal congestion. As a natural expectorant, it breaks down and remove mucus.

6. Boost the Immune system . The anti inflammatory  and anti bacterial  properties of ginger boost the immune system. It decreases bacterial infection in the stomach and also fight bad cough and throat irritation.

According  to whfoods.com, Ginger is so concentrated with active substances, you don’t have to use very much to receive its beneficial effects. However, to get the most of its complex, flavorful nuances, add ginger at the beginning of your cooking as well as toward the end, and peel it as little as possible.

Reference

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

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