Chinese and Ayurveda medicine have been using ginger for medicinal and healing purposes for centuries. In the west it has been recognized as a good natural food flavoring however somewhat over looked in most households as a good medicinal food to include as a staple ingredient. Science has given ginger the thumbs up for a growing number of reasons that include the following:
- It boosts immunity
- It eases arthritis pain
- It soothes sore muscles
- It banishes stomach bloat
- It sidelines period pain
- It combats migraines
- It may protect against Alzheimer’s
Raw, powdered, glazed or dried ginger are worth keeping in your pantry and used to enhance the flavor of stir-fries and other similar dishes. Ginger can also be used to make flavoursome tea, especially good for combating colds and congestion. The great news is you do not need to consume large quantities to gain the benefits. Integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, M.D, recommends just 2 grams of ginger per day, this is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger, or ¾ teaspoon powdered ginger.
Look for some inspiring ginger recipes online to incorporate this excellent ingredient into you weekly meal plan.