Yes, Ginger is good for you. Ginger is used as a treatment for stomach cramping and diarrhea. Ginger tea is also a common remedy for colds as it can make you sweat, which can break a fever. In India, a ginger paste is applied to the temples as a treatment for headaches.
It is also good in sauces, and fruit dishes, and is often used heavily in Asian cooking. Ginger is available year-round. When selecting gingerroot, choose robust firm roots with a spicy fragrance and smooth skin. Gingerroot should not be cracked or withered.
Facts about ginger:
1. A study published in the November 2003 issue of Life Sciences suggests that at least one reason for ginger’s beneficial effects is the free radical protection afforded by one of its active phenolic constituents, 6-gingerol.
2. Ginger can be grown as home garden plant or as potherb so that its fresh roots and leaves can be readily picked up for immediate use. In the store, however, choose organic, fresh root over the dried form since it is superior in quality and flavor.
3. Ginger has become a hot commodity due to its countless uses and benefits, hence production and export of ginger around the world has increased. This infographic showcases the visual narratives of the ginger trade data. It also highlights the top 10 countries that export Ginger as a product for 2014.
4. It can be stored tightly wrapped in a paper towel or plastic wrap (or put into a plastic bag) in the refrigerator for 2–3 weeks and like galangal, gingerroot can also be placed in a jar of sherry and refrigerated for 3–6 months.
5. Ginger is a great yang tonic which boosts energy, increases body temperature and vitality.
6. To make ginger tea, slice some ginger root, put it in a tea ball and place in a teapot. Pour boiling water over the tea ball and let it sit for ten minutes. Sweeten with honey or drink it straight.
7. For over 2 thousand years Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body while positively increasing the body’s metabolic rate.
8. Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (severe pain during a menstrual cycle). In one study, 83% of women taking ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms compared to 47% of those on placebo.
9. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young.
10. Ginger root slices, boiled in water with lemon or orange juice, and honey, is a popular herbal drink in ayurvedic medicine to relieve common cold, cough, and sore throat. Ginger root slices, boiled in water with lemon or orange juice, and honey, is a popular herbal drink in ayurvedic medicine to relieve common cold, cough, and sore throat.
11. Ginger does contain numerous other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds beneficial to health such as gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate.
12. Jamaican ginger is considered to be the best of all. Ginger is available year-round. When selecting gingerroot, choose robust firm roots with a spicy fragrance and smooth skin. Gingerroot should not be cracked or withered.
13. The most famous pickled ginger is Japanese. The gary is a not yet mature ginger marinated with vinegar and sugar: it’s a traditional accompaniment to sushi and sashimi.