The benefits of ginger are countless. Ginger is one of the healthiest spices you can find. As well as being delicious and fragrant, it is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
The medicinal uses of ginger have been known for more than 2,000 years in cultures all around the world. Ginger is valued across Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and is gaining popularity across North America and Europe.
The root-like stem of the ginger plant that grows beneath the ground is called rhizome, and it is the most commonly used medicinal part of the plant. It is a rich source of antioxidants including gingerols, shogaols and zingerones. Ginger actually has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties, to name just several of its more than 40 pharmacological actions.
Ginger can help alleviate digestive issues
The phenolic compounds in ginger help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.
Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe
Homemade Ginger Tea is easy to make! Here’s a great recipe of a flavorful and soothing homemade ginger tea from HypeFoodie.com. The ideal time to drink ginger tea would be just before a big meal or having a small cup of it while eating to reap the full benefits of ginger for digestion.
ginger root (approx 1 inch)
4 cups water
2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar)
Peel the ginger and slice thinly. Maximizing the surface area will help make the ginger tea very flavorful.
Place ginger and water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and allow the ginger to simmer in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, allow to simmer for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger.
Remove from heat and pour through a sieve into a cup or mug. Add honey (or agave nectar) to taste.