Studies have shown that ginger possesses many therapeutic properties. Montagu ginger is a sweet treat to enjoy as is, in cooking and baking, or in a cup of hot water or tea as a therapeutic drink.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER
- The health-promoting effect of ginger is attributed to its rich phytochemistry. The volatiles include sesquiterpene and monoterpenoid hydrocarbons providing the distinct aroma and taste of ginger. The non-volatile compounds include gingerols, shogaols, paradols and zingerone. (Mashhadi, et al. 2013)
- According to the Indian Ayurvedic Medicinal System, ginger is recommended to enhance the digestion of food. Experimental studies showed that ginger and its active components exert anticancer activities against GI cancer. (Prasad and Tyagi, 2015)
- Ginger may be beneficial in reducing motion sickness. It also reduces symptoms closely related to motion sickness which includes nausea and cold sweats, dizziness and vomiting. This action has proven very beneficial in treating 'morning sickness' in pregnant women. (Bode and Dong, 2011)
- Gingerols have very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In many countries, ginger and its products are used to improve the body’s immune system. It may be useful for the treatment and prevention of allergic diseases. Daily consumption of ginger may also assist in the reduction of muscle pain. (Mashhadi, et al. 2013)
- Turn up the heat while cooling off by making ginger lemonade. Simply combine some Montagu ginger pieces, lemon juice, honey and water.
- Combine grated or cut ginger pieces, soy sauce, olive oil and garlic to make a wonderful salad dressing.
- Add small cut ginger to your favourite stuffing for baked apples.
- Add some Montagu pieces to your favourite tea or juice to spice it up a bit.
- Spice up your healthy sautéed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger pieces.
- For a sweet treat, dip some ginger pieces in dark chocolate and enjoy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ginger refers to the underground bulb belonging to the plant with a firm, striated texture. Its flesh can be white, yellow or even red and is covered by a thick brownish skin. It has been used for centuries as a condiment in many Asian cultures, imparting a tangy and pungent taste to food. The mature root is dried and powdered and used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Studies have shown that ginger possesses many therapeutic properties. It has a potent anti-oxidative effect as well as an anti-inflammatory effect (Mashhadi, et al. 2013).