Everyone who has heard of ginger knows that it is a valuable helper in colds and many people recognize the roots with bizarre shapes on the market.
It has many other health benefits. It also goes well with some foods and is used as a spice. And can ginger be used for weight loss? According to experts, the answer is: yes, this is also among its miraculous properties.
What is ginger and where does it come from?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a perennial plant known since ancient times. Other names by which it is known are ginger and isiot.
Originates from Southeast Asia, from where it was transferred to China. Its earliest mention is in Chinese sources. The plant was originally used only for medicinal purposes.
Legend has it that ginger was a frequent guest at the table of Confucius (557 – 479 BC), who wrote about it in “Analytics” as a very useful root. Like many other things from Asia, it was brought to Europe by Marco Polo in the 13th century. The Arabs also contributed to its spread in Europe and with their help it reached Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
Ginger is grown as a cultivated plant and does not grow wild in the wild. It is cultivated in Japan, China, Brazil, India, Jamaica, Argentina, West Africa. Due to its beneficial properties, ginger is grown as a garden plant or indoors.
Some enthusiasts even try to grow it as a houseplant in pots. It has upright reed stems, the length of which reaches one and a half meters.
Its roots are fleshy and because of their many useful substances are widely used as a remedy in cooking. Raw ginger has a pungent taste with a slight hint of lemon.
Nutritional value and what is it good for?
Ginger root contains vitamins C, B1, B2, and mineral e – aluminum, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, chromium, phosphorus, germanium. It also contains caprylic, nicotinic and linoleic acid. The main active ingredient of ginger is ginger, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Ginger is a useful tool in the fight against old age and is an excellent medicine for removing toxins from the body. Due to its beneficial properties, the root can be used as:
- antibacterial agent
If you regularly take ginger tea, it increases immunity. Increases the internal heat of the body, improves appetite, stimulates the formation of gastric juice.
Ginger is effective for indigestion, belching, and food with the addition of ginger root is better absorbed. It is useful for the digestive tract. Used for flatulence, intestinal, renal and biliary colic.
Ginger root is a natural remedy:
- for colds, flu
- sore throat, used as an expectorant
- works well on patients with bronchial asthma
- lowers blood cholesterol
- improves cerebral circulation
- strengthens blood vessels
- lowers blood pressure
- used against atherosclerosis
It is an invaluable helper for dealing with mental and physical fatigue. Ginger improves memory and learning. The root also stimulates the thyroid gland. It is also used to relieve allergies and skin diseases.
- joint diseases
- stretch marks
- muscle pain
- relieves nausea and dizziness
- It has also been shown that ginger is a very powerful natural aphrodisiac that helps women get rid of frigidity. It is used to increase potency and in the treatment of infertility.
Ginger is believed to prevent the development of tumors, and also, thanks to the presence of antioxidants, has a regenerative effect on the body.
Due to the many benefits of ginger, it is recommended to include in the daily diet of people who care about their health.
The beneficial properties of ginger can be supplemented with herbs such as chamomile, mint, cranberry leaves, balm.
Contraindications to the use of ginger are:
- pregnancy and lactation
- inflammatory skin diseases
- gastric ulcer in the acute stage
- some forms of allergies
How does ginger help to lose weight?
With the help of ginger you can get rid of extra pounds in a few months without much effort. Ginger, which is contained in the root, improves blood circulation and creates a warming effect from the inside. This contributes to the normalization and acceleration of metabolism and as a result leads to weight loss.
A good weight loss effect is achieved by combining ginger with lemon.
To make medicinal tea, thinly slice the ginger and lemon and pour hot water over them. Leave to stand for about a quarter of an hour. This tea can be drunk throughout the day.
Here is another similar recipe with the addition of honey:
Cut the root into thin slices, add water and then put it on low heat and wait for it to boil. Then cool the liquid, put honey and lemon in it.
This tincture has a beneficial effect on the activity of the liver, kidneys, renews the skin, and also helps get rid of excess weight.
There is also an easier recipe for weight loss with ginger. Put sliced thin pieces of root in a thermos, pour hot water on it. So you can carry hot tea with you throughout the day and drink from it, it is best to do it half an hour before a meal.
Combination of ginger with other foods
Ginger has great application in Asian cuisine. Dried and ground powder is used as a spice.
He enters the composition of each curry. Slices of fresh ginger are used for tea and can be added to soups and sauces. It can be subjected to various culinary treatments – cooking, frying, baking, marinating. In India it is used for sauces for meat dishes. In China, it is often boiled or fried.
In confectionery it is used to make jam and candies, as an addition to cakes and cookies. In the USA and England, beer is made from ginger extract.
In Germany and other countries, they make gingerbread. In the past, entire streets were called ginger street, which offered ginger products.
Popular is marinated ginger, which can be consumed with sushi or as an addition to other dishes. It is prepared by peeling ginger root (about 200 g) cut into thin slices.
Make the marinade from 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 150 ml. rice vinegar, 100 ml. apple cider vinegar and 3-4 tablespoons of water. Pour the chopped ginger and store in the refrigerator.
You can even sweeten your life with ginger. It can be candied, and must first be cut into very thin slices. Then boil with a little water over medium heat for about 30 minutes.
It is drained and the water can be used for tea. Boiled ginger is boiled again with sugar and a little water on a high heat until the liquid evaporates almost completely. Finally, roll the slices in brown sugar and leave to dry.