Ginger is a one-year plant that originated in Asia and has a long history of use as a spice in nutrition and medicine. Used as food and medicine even thousands of years before our era, ginger is considered the first spice that was familiar with Europeans. One American study recently proved that ginger reduces the negative effects of chemotherapy on patients who have cancer.
From minerals, it contains potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese. Ginger is also rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin B 6 and small quantities of pantothenic acid and niacin. Among all those nutritious active substances, ginger is “represented” by gingerol (zingiberene) which has the effect of an aspirant. Easily volatile oils contained in this plant are responsible for its pungent odor and taste.
Fresh ginger can help you prevent vomiting, also used against cough and increased gas in the digestive system, while ginger powder is used as a tranquilizer for abdominal pain, lumbago and against diarrhea. Africans used the ginger root juice because it is a good aphrodisiac, while women of New Guinea used ginger root as a contraceptive. People in India make fresh ginger tea and use it as a means of calming cough and as a remedy against thrombosis. English people used ginger to make beer. This beer is popular ever since.
In medical books, dating from the 1980’s, the main indication for the use of ginger is as an anticoagulant and as a cure for stomach troubles.Researchers today have proven that ginger is better than pharmaceutical drugs against nausea, which prevents the feeling that makes man vomiting. In this purpose it was essential that ginger does not cause drowsiness because it acts on the stomach, not the brain. Sailors used to chew pickled ginger because it helped them exceeds the nausea caused by large ocean waves. To prevent nausea, the only necessary thing is for you to comsume only half teaspoon ground ginger juice, tea or eating.
Researchers in Denmark found out that ginger acts effectively against blood clots because it prevents the synthesis of a substance, called thromboxane, which signals blood cells to cluster, which is the first step of forming thrombocyte. Researchers at Cornell University established that ginger thins the blood clot with the help of a substance called gingerol which has a structure very similar to aspirin, which is among other things known as a good anticoagulant. Researchers in India established that ginger drastically reduces the high level of cholesterol in the blood caused by the uncontrolled usage of saturated fats in the diet. Japan established that ginger reduces pain in the body (acting analgesic), prevents vomiting, reduces the excessive creation of stomach juice, reduces high blood pressure and stimulates the heart. Ginger also blocks unnecessary human gene mutations that lead to cancer.
• Tea for a healthy heart
Peel ginger and cut a piece the size of your thumb. Chop the ginger and paste it into 5 ml. cold water, and cook it for about 20 minutes, then drain and sweetened with honey. Drink several cups a day.
• Syrup for colds
2 dl. water put two teaspoons of fresh chopped ginger, cook it over low heat for about 30 minutes. Add 150 gr. sugar or honey and cook a little bit more until it becomes thick. Take a teaspoon of syrup per day. If the syrup is too sweet, dissolve it in a cup of black tea and drink it.
• Oil massage
Drain medium sized ginger root in a juicer and mix with sesame oil in the ratio 1:1. Stir before use and keep it in the fridge. It is best to make small quantities.
• Energy drink
Half a teaspoon of finely chopped fresh ginger mix with half a teaspoon of flaxseed and a teaspoon of honey. Add 2 dl. mineral water, lemon juice, grapefruit and oranges.