Ginger is one of the healthiest, but also the most favorite spices in the world. It is rich in nutrients and bioactive ingredients that strengthen immunity, helping the body to withstand various health problems. You can add it to various meals, soups or salads, and use it fresh or dried (powdered). Its unique flavor and aroma resemble natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol, which has a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. Ginger is a great remedy for nausea, so it’s a great spice for pregnant women, as well as for those who suffer from nausea while driving. It can also help people who are on chemotherapy. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect, ginger helps relieve pain in the muscles and joints.
It stimulates digestion
Chronic digestive disorders (dyspepsia) are characterized by occasional or frequent pain as well as discomfort in the upper abdomen. It is believed that the main reason for this is the delayed discharge of the stomach. Interestingly, it has been shown that ginger accelerates the emptying of the stomach in people with chronic digestive disorders. In a study involving 24 healthy individuals – 1.2 g of ginger powder before meal speeded up the emptying of the stomach by 50%.
Salvation for women
Menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) is a problem with which a huge number of women are facing. Ginger from ancient times is used to relieve pain, especially the menstrual period. One study involved 150 women who took the first three days of menstruation only per gram of ginger powder daily. It has been shown that this spice equally effectively relieved pain as the official medicines mefenamic and ibuprofen.
It slows down aging
Oxidative stress and chronic and inflammation can accelerate aging. It is believed that these are the main instigators of Alzheimer’s disease and the weakening of cognitive functions. Some animal studies suggest that antioxidants and bioactive ingredients of ginger can slow down inflammatory brain reactions. There is also evidence that ginger directly stimulates brain functions. In a study involving 60 middle-aged women, the ginger extract improved the reaction time of irritation and working memory. There are also numerous studies with animals that show that ginger protects from the weakening of brain functions caused by aging.
Carrot soup and ginger
- 300 g carrots
- 1 organic orange
- 25 g root of ginger
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 onion
- 500 ml of vegetable soup
- 50 ml of sweet sour cream
- 1/2 lemon
- salt and also black pepper
1. Peel the orange and let it stand for half an hour in a solution of water and baking soda. Then wash, dried and finely chop the peel. Mix the peel with two tablespoons of olive oil. Peel and cut the carrots and onions, and the ginger.
2. Preheat one tablespoon of olive oil at medium temperature and then put the carrots, onions, and ginger. Add the vegetable soup, cover and cook for about half an hour. Then mix the soup with a hand mixer.
3. Put salt, black pepper and add lemon juice.
Finally, put the soup in the bowls and in each give a little sweet cream and oil from the orange peel.