Useful properties of ginger

Table of contents:

  1. cookery
  2. Medicine
  3. Side effects

Ginger (or "white root") is known for the peoples of South Asia since ancient times. Later, it began to grow in China, India, Australia, America, Europe and West Africa.

From the whole plant is used only therhizome. Thus ginger useful properties due to substances contained therein: an essential oil, vitamin C, B1, B2, amino acids and other useful human body elements (including zinc, potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus).


Rolls with ginger

Rolls with ginger

Ground ginger - one of the mostpopular seasoning in our time. The Russian cuisine it is added to the brew, sbiten, liqueurs and pastries (muffins, cakes, cookies). In Asian cuisine ginger used in the preparation of preserves of poultry and meat. It is also added to the composition curry in candies, cookies, fruit drinks and puddings.

A second embodiment of ginger used in cooking, - a pickled ginger. It is used as a standalone product and as a seasoning for rolls and sushi.

Less popular candied ginger - a kind of jam, which you can entertain in China, Burma or England, there to it to add orange peel.

In some countries (Australia, the US and UK) for ginger found another application - it is made certain beers and other beverages nespirtnye, for example, Al.

In addition to taste, ginger gives dishes anotherof considerable quality - included in its composition gingerol (he gives seasonings burning taste) is able to stimulate the metabolism and blood flow. In turn, this significantly accelerates digestion of food eaten and the withdrawal of toxins from the human body, ie, ginger eliminates the conditions for the accumulation of body fat. True, in order to lose weight, you have to use ginger as a spice, for a long time: the result will be noticeable only after three to four months. In addition, one can not abuse the amount of ginger in food, as well as increase the amount of food eaten per day, in addition to ginger the above useful properties has another "disadvantage" - it stimulates the appetite.

Add this spice in various dishes to be at certain times (otherwise beneficial properties of ginger can be lost):

  • in meat (to extinguish) - for 15-20 minutes until tender,
  • dough - after kneading
  • in desserts (stewed fruit, mousse, jelly, etc.) - for 3-4 minutes until cooked,
  • sauces - strictly after full heat treatment.


Ginger in medicine
Ginger in medicine

However, the beneficial properties of ginger nowadaysThey are used not only in cooking but also in medicine, often comparing it to the root of life - ginseng. Pain relievers, anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to neutralize the animal and vegetable poisons, for example, in cases of poisoning by fungi, as well as lowering cholesterol, while improving memory and brain blood circulation, are complemented by the fact that ginger is also a powerful antioxidant and aphrodisiac, saving from aging.

In addition, some studies showginger helps the body to deal with the emergence of tumors. During pregnancy, it facilitates toxicosis, and during menstruation - reduces pain. Even a small piece of ginger, if it is chewed, can cure stomatitis and get rid of bad breath.

But although the rhizomes of ginger can be purchased at a pharmacy,to engage with the help of self-worth, and very carefully, preferably in consultation with your doctor, as there are serious contraindications (allergy, some diseases of the gastrointestinal tract).

Ginger tea
Ginger tea

The most common methods of treatment using ginger are:

Firstly, the "ginger tea" - helps with colds, and improves overall metabolism, promotes weight loss and accumulated toxins found:

  • six teaspoons grated ginger fillglass of cold water, and then bring it all to a boil over low heat; boil, close the lid, about 10 minutes; after let it brew ginger tea has about the same time; add honey to taste and lemon wedge;
  • teaspoon of ginger root powder plus teaspoon green tea - brew in a thermos with hot water much, not to lose the beneficial properties of ginger, infuse 30 minutes; taken strictly to food, adding a teaspoon of honey.

Secondly, packs - they are used inchronic rheumatism and to relieve back pain: a handful of grated ginger, place in cheesecloth and squeeze the juice out of it in a pan, pour to the same three liters of hot water; and stir over low heat, without boiling, protomai mixture for 5 minutes. Soak in water ginger towel or gauze, gently squeeze, and, hot, apply to the affected area; close the top with a dry towel to reduce heat loss. Imposes new hot compress as cool down the previous one, until the skin turns red.

Thirdly, on the basis of an extract of ginger ointment - they kept all their beneficial properties. For example, the drug "Zinaksin" is used for the treatment of arthritis.

Fourth, the essential oil of ginger - it's prettyis widely used in aromatherapy, helps treat psychosomatic disorders, colds, diseases of the musculoskeletal system. It is used for inhalations and grindings, baths and massage.

Fifth, ginger powder - apply todayand to deal with nausea as a consequence of chemotherapy, a symptom of toxicity or motion sickness - about half a tablespoon of ginger root powder a day, diluted with water. You can also buy in a drugstore capsule with the powder of ginger, but in any of the above cases, you first need to consult with your doctor and make sure you have no contraindications and side effects from treatment.

Side effects

Side effects from the use of ginger
Side effects from the use of ginger

Some people carry the ginger is not too good: may diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, constipation - in this case it is possible to try to reduce the dosage or frequency of treatments. In the case of allergic reactions, treatment with ginger should cease entirely.

Useful properties of ginger
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