Ginger is a spice which is more often used in Asian dishes. Raw ginger is often referred to as ginger root though technically it is not a root but a special type of plant stem known as rhizome.
Also ginger has been used for a variety of ailments and is often used to make tea. It also contains an active compound known as gingerol and has a very recognizable taste with an zesty, earthy, pungent and warm flavor.
Ginger is known to have more than 12 types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for the treatment of many disorders. It also has aphrodisiac properties and is widely used for medicinal purposes.
It contains essential oils, calcium, protein, iron, phosphorus, choline, vitamin C, inositol, folate, manganese, silicon, panthotenic acid and a small amount of vitamin B3.
Homemade Ginger Juice Recipe:
200 grams fresh ginger
80 grams icing sugar
1 litre water
1 small lemon
1. Chop and peel the ginger into chunks.
2. Cut both ends off the lemon and slice off the peel> Make sure that none of the white pith is left.
3. Blend the ginger and lemon using a food processor and add little of the water if necessary.
4. Mix the lemon, ginger and water in a large bowl.
5. Cover and then leave for a few hours or overnight.
6. Strain using a fine mesh sieve and push using the back of a spoon to extract all the juice.
7. Stir in the icing sugar until it dissolves.
8. Store in a bottle and place in the fridge.
9 Health Benefits of Ginger Juice:
The anti-inflammatory or gingerols and anti-oxidant properties in ginger helps in relieving various inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. It provides pain relief caused by inflammation and help in decreasing swelling and morning stiffness.
2. Improved Circulation
Ginger helps improve blood flow by expanding the blood vessels. Also it acts as an anti-coagulant, thus preventing blood platelets in sticking together, the same way that aspirin does.
3. Improved Digestion
Ginger root contains zingibain, a proteolytic enzyme that helps in breaking down proteins, thus improving digestion. Ginger also works in neutralizing stomach acid and increasing the secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach.
4. Lower Cholesterol Levels
High levels of LDL lipoproteins or the bad cholesterol are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The foods you consume can have a strong influence on LDL levels.
In a study of 85 individuals with high cholesterol, 3 grams of ginger powder have a significant reductions in most cholesterol markers.
5. Pain Killer
Ginger juice acts as an excellent pain killer, even when applied externally. In headache, you can apply ginger juice to the forehead. For toothache, you can apply it to the external area, either on the jaw or cheek area.
6. Prevent Cancer
Ginger juice may help reduce your risk of developing cancer or may help improve the outcome if you already have it. Research findings have suggested that compounds in ginger inhibit growth in the laboratory of cultured colon, ovarian and stomach cancer cells. The results are promising, although clinical trials with human and subjects are still needed.
7. Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process. These are believed to be the key drivers of age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies in animals suggest that the bioactive compounds and antioxidants in ginger can inhibit inflammatory responses that occur in the brain. In a research of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to help in improving working memory and reaction time.
8. Reduces Blood Pressure
Ginger reduces blood pressure and acts as a blood thinner. You can take ginger juice with a few drops of honey to make it tasty.
9. Reduce Menstrual Pain
One of the beneficial uses of ginger is for pain relief, including that of menstrual pain.
In a study, of 150 women who were instructed to take 1 gram of ginger powder daily, for the first 3 days of the menstrual period. Ginger help reduce pain as effectively as the drugs ibuprofen and mefenamic acid.