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    Health: Ginger

    10 Reasons Why We All Should Be Eating Cancer Fighting Ginger (With Recipes!)

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    Ginger is a well loved, tried and tested, flavorsome spice that has been revered for a myriad of health benefits throughout the aeons. It is mentioned in ancients texts and has been prized by many different cultures as long as mankind can remember. Ginger is zingy and warming, with a distinctive zesty flavour and aroma. It comes in yellow, white and red varieties; we use the underground rhizome part of the plantÖ

    Gingersí incredible healing effects put it right at the top of my list of go-to plant-foods for medicinal purposes. However, apart from being good for detoxification and cleansing, it can also turn salads, desserts, bakes and juices into delicious, lively culinary delights. In this article, we are going to look at why ginger is so good for us and how you might incorporate it into your daily diet with a few healthful recipe ideas.

    So why is ginger so good for us?

    1. Exceptional antioxidant content

    An antioxidant is a molecule that is able to inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation often produces free radicals which, then instigate a chain reaction that can damage cells. In extreme cases, leading to cancer. Antioxidants intervene by eliminating these free radicals and preventing damage. Ginger is literally loaded with antioxidants!

    2. Excellent remedy for nausea and motion sickness

    Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for travel sickness, morning sickness or nausea; and with good reason. It has a long history in this area, having consistently proven its effectiveness at reducing dizziness and nausea. The active ingredients in ginger are potent, so you donít need very much of it either. It has a reputation for being safe for pregnant women too, making it a great remedy for morning sickness.

    3. Relieves flatulence and acts as a great digestion aid

    Ginger acts as a carminative (prevents flatulence) and an intestinal spasmolytic (which means that it soothes the intestinal tract). This makes it excellent at soothing digestive disorders and calming down flatulence.

    4. Anti-cancer benefits

    Studies strongly suggest that gingerols, the active phyto-nutrients in ginger are beneficial against cancer cells. The major down side, is that most of the studies involve animal testing. However, In 2013, researchers found that 6-Shogaol is a promising antitumor agent isolated from dietary ginger (Zingiber officinale) and killed human leukemia cells.



    5. Powerful anti-inflammatory

    Various studies on people with inflammatory disorders and diseases such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have shown that ginger has a powerful anti-inflammatory action. Gingerols are the primary active anti-inflammatory agent within ginger and are said to have very potent effects when ginger is consumed regularly.

    6. A natural expectorant to help coughs

    Regular consumption of ginger encourages the release of mucus.

    7. Promotes healthy circulation

    Ginger stimulates the tissues with the body, whilst lowering the blood pressure. This all encourages healthy circulation. Furthermore, ginger prevents platelets from clumping together in the bloodstream, which thins the blood, reducing risk of atherosclerosis and blood clots.

    8. Helps warm you up when you are cold

    Gingers circulatory, perspiration-inducing and stimulation properties mean that it can also warm you up when you are cold. So, when your body wants to start shutting down during the winter chill, bring more ginger into your daily cuisine and enjoy the naturally warming effect.

    9. Effective detoxification aid

    Ginger is known to promote healthy sweating, which encourages the release of toxins. Add in itís exceptional antioxidant qualities and other benefits, then you have a top detoxification food.

    10. Other benefits of healthy sweating from ginger

    As well as the natural detoxification benefits of healthy sweating, scientists have recently found that sweat contains a substance called dermicidin Ė a powerful germ fighting agent. Dermicidin is said to be deposited on the surface of the skin to protect against invading micro-organisms.

    How to use ginger in your daily lifeÖ

    How to make fresh ginger tea

    Home made ginger tea is more potent and helpful than shop bought tea bags.

    The most basic way to make ginger tea is this:


    • Steep some fresh chopped ginger in hot water.


    My favorite method for ginger & lemon tea is:


    • Finely grate a heaped teaspoon of fresh ginger.
    • Boil up in a pan with 2 to 3 cups of water.
    • Add a dash of maple syrup and a squeeze of lemon and enjoy through out the day.

    Healthy ginger recipe ideas


    Carrot & Ginger Wellness Soup

    With a healthy infusion of ginger this soup leaves you with a well satiated feeling. It is also jam-packed full of high quality nutritional goodness with itís carrots, lentils and coconut. As always, I recommend that you use organic produce to give yourself (and the planet) an extra infusion of goodness.

    Get recipe here: Carrot & Ginger Wellness Soup with Coconut & Lentils


    Ginger Beet Salad with Almond Butter Dressing

    A super-healthful salad recipe, because you can never eat too many healthy salads. This is the sort of thing I eat regularly for lunch. It serves well as a side dish with rice, potato wedges, millet or quinoa; or as part of a salad buffet medley along with a delicious dip.

    Get recipe here: Ginger Beet Salad


    Ginger Power Detox Juice

    This is my recipe for a deliciously vibrant, detoxification juice using ginger, beetroot, carrots, celery and apple. Ideal as part of a detox or cleansing program or as part of your weekly juicing rhythm.
    Check it out here: Ginger Power Detox Juice

    Herb capsules

    You can purchase ginger capsules of at your local health food store or online.

    They vary in quality. Iíd recommend a good brand like these here: Solgar Full Potency Ginger Root Vegetable Capsules

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    This article is republished with full permission from TrinityísKitchen. Please visit her awesome website and connect with her on Facebook and her other social media outlets on Twitter, and Pinterest. Please do not republish this article (including its accompanying photographs) without seeking your own permission first!


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    Hawaian Blue Ring Ginger

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    Ginger Root-Selection, Preparation, and Storage

    by admin on Sunday, July 11th, 2010 | No Comments

    The processes of selecting, preparing, and storing ginger root are not well understood by many who use ginger for culinary purposes. Many ďhome chefsĒ know the basics of ginger preparation and working with ginger in the kitchen, but few have a thorough knowledge of how to get the most out of this delicious spice.

    Ginger root as it is often called, is one of the most popular spices that is in use today. Itís in reality, not the root, but the rhizome of the ginger plant which we consume, sliced, candied, ground, pickled, and extracted in various foods and drinks. To name a few, we have pumpkin pie, curried foods, candies, and drinks such as ginger tea and ale, which are all common fixtures in the United States.

    Ginger root is able to be purchased fresh in the supermarket in most areas and can be dried for your home use in the future, as well as powdered, ground, and even used freshly for a superb taste in your foods.

    When youíre selecting ginger root for your home, pay close attention. You will most likely find ginger root in the fresh produce area of your local grocers, under some mild refrigeration. Youíre going to find that your ginger will be variable in taste, depending on where you get it and what you select.


    Fresh ginger will be milder in taste and will have a bit less bite to it than that which has been aged. Longer lengths of ginger root mean that the rhizomes are more mature. This will give you a hotter flavor and more bite to the things that you cook with it.

    When youíre selecting your ginger for use, look for those which have a very smooth look to the skin and have a very fragrant odor. You should literally smell the spice and if youíre not, then itís probably past its prime. These are great for planting but not so wonderful for cooking.


    Different types of ginger
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    If you select a ginger and then find out that itís looking a bit sad and offers you a blue tinge to it, or you see a noted ring of blue around it, many people toss it out. The fact is that itís simply another kind of ginger, not a fungus that is in any way harmful.


    This type of ginger is a Hawaiian version and itís called Chinese white, or blue ring. This type of ginger is well known for the excellent flavor that it imparts to your food as well as the extra juices that it will offer you. It does tend to be a little more costly to purchase but it is considered the superior version of the kinds of ginger rhizomes that you buy.


    Keeping Your Ginger Fresh


    You can store your ginger in the refrigerator or in any cool and mostly darkened place. Some people advocate placing it in plastic storage bags and in the refrigerator. Frankly Iíve had some bad experiences with that and suggest that you store it in paper towels and then into a tupperware container or plastic container that gives it room around it to breathe.


    A great many people donít know that you can also freeze the whole root and then cut off the portions that you need, or grate them and return the ginger root to the freezer. It lasts fairly well for about a month or a bit more in the freezer.


    If you have dried ginger root you can store it in any cooler cabinet in an air-tight plastic or glass container. I tend toward glass because plastic seems to offer its own flavor, although relatives tell me thatís probably only me.




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    Growing Ginger Yourself- Just How Difficult Is It?

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    Growing ginger root, by virtue of how much it accomplished and how many uses that it has, might seem a difficult task to accomplish to the new gardener. The reality is that itís fairly simple to cultivate and generally a plant will take off on its own.

    Ginger can be easily neglected because itís simply a fast growing and easy to grow plant that just does not require a great deal of extra effort. You can harvest your ginger root, replant the new pieces and leave it alone, given a few of the right conditions, and it will just grow.

    Thereís no mystique to it, and it does not require a vast amount of effort on your part.

    You can actually begin growing your ginger root at home using pieces that you buy in the store. If you live in a cooler climate youíre going to be able to grow ginger very easily in a tub or a pot inside the house. It will honestly grow well in any climate but it also grows well and doesnít require a lot of space, on a windowsill or a shelf, given the right amount of light.

    Ginger root, is not actually the root. The Ginger has a rhizome. Thatís the part that you eat, and that rhizome has roots attached, but given that many people term the rhizome as the root, weíre going to follow that tradition and use the term ginger root for the sake of argument.

    Ginger is a plant that likes to be somewhat sheltered away from the wind, harsh sunlight, and it does like warm weather. It takes a very rich soil that has a reasonable level of humidity. Strong sunlight or very direct sunlight will not make this plant grow to its best. It should have fairly evenly damp soil, but never soggy or overly wet. If you see it this way, youíre over watering and should cut back a bit.

    If you buy ginger from the store, simply soak it in a bucket of water overnight, since many shops will use some type of treatment. Once youíve done that, then you simply plant it. You donít have to wait for roots to develop or any of those things, just drop it into the soil and wait for the growth.

    Ginger is a tropical plant that loves its sun and warmth, but doesnít care for anything in excess, much like any other tropical plant. Getting it just right however, isnít really necessary.

    The one thing that you are going to need when growing ginger is some very good soil. The plant requires a lot to feed it. You can add fertilizing agents such as miracle grow and get a great start for your ginger growing. The soil needs to be rich enough to hold onto the moisture so that your plant doesnít grow dry, but well set up for drainage so that it doesnít have any issues with getting water logged.

    Growing ginger inside or outside simply isnít rocket science. With the right soil and a filtered kind of sunlight, youíre going to get it going just perfectly and be able to harvest your own ginger without the need for buying it.
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    How To Make Crystallized Ginger Recipe


    By Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
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    How To Make Crystallized Ginger Recipe. © 2014 Rosemary Calvert/Getty Images, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Crystallized or candied ginger is very easy to make at home with these instructions. Use in desserts and confections.
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time Required: 45 minutes
    Here's How:

    1. Peel and thinly slice 1 pound (500 grams) fresh gingerroot.
    2. Place sliced ginger in a heavy saucepan.
    3. Cover with water.
    4. Cook gently until tender, about 30 minutes.
    5. Drain off water.
    6. Weigh the cooked ginger and measure an equal amount of sugar.


    • Return ginger to saucepan.
    • Add sugar and 3 Tablespoons water.
    • Bring to a boil, stirring often, and cook until ginger is transparent and liquid has almost evaporated.
    • Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until almost dry.
    • Toss cooled ginger in sugar to coat.
    • Store crystallized (candied) ginger in an airtight jar for up to 3 months.

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    1. Crystallized or candied ginger is used in desserts and confections.

    What You Need:

    • Fresh ginger
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    • Heavy saucepan
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    • Sealable glass jar for storage


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