Fresh Ginger

Ginger – Goodness Gracious You’re Gorgeous

Spicey Hot And Great For You

Ginger is one of my absolute favourite ingredients. I use it whenever possible and love its strong spicy flavour. An amazing superfood packed full of Gingerol, a substance containing powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidants.

For over 2,000 years, Ginger has been used in medicine or as a natural supplement, across Asia and India. These days it is readily available pretty much everywhere you go; even the corner shop, (which is great for me as it’s the one ingredient I can’t live without). It has so many uses; either fresh or powdered ginger for cooking. I put it in juices and suppose and puddings…and of course my Balls!.

Types Of Ginger

Ginger also has a few different “heats” depending on where you get it from. Some varieties you get from the supermarket are relatively mild in comparison to those you can get from an Asian Food Store. I like to buy Fresh young ginger, also known as ‘spring ginger’, when in season. The taste is strong and the skin doesn’t need peeling unlike the slightly more knobbly variety commonly available in the supermarkets. The more mature the ginger the more fibrous it is.

You can buy ginger in many forms dried, crystallized, pickled, preserved, powdered and ground.

My Favourite Ginger Sweets

Gin Gins

I love these Ginger Chewy Sweets called “Gin-Gins” you can get them from the Chemist, or on Amazon. Although they have sugar in, they’re great for travelling, especially if you get nauseous.

Health Benefits Of Ginger:

The power of this root have been ustilised for centuries its medicinal and healing properties have many health beenfits.

The power of this root have been ustilised for centuries its medicinal and healing properties have many health beenfits.

Nausea / Sickness

Sea / Motion Sickness
Morning Sickness
Chemotherapy Sickness

Anti Inflammatory

1-1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness.

May reduce muscle pain and soreness.

May help with Osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Lower Blood Sugars

If you have a sweet tooth, try ginger and cinnamon as natural sweeteners instead.

Improve Heart Disease Risk 

Indigestion

Reduce Menstrual Pain

Ginger powder appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period.

Improve Brain Function and Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the ageing process.

They are believed to be among the key factors of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.

Can Help Fight Infections

Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.  Ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria, according to some studies.

Oral Health

It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Respiratory Aid

Fresh ginger may also be effective against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.

Fresh Ginger Tea

Use the fresh root to make tea (I find it best to bash the root first to release the flavour and goodness and steep in a teapot). I sometimes add Manuka Honey and a Star Anise (another of my favourites).

Juicy Lucy’s Ginger Recipe:

Ginger is so versatile, it goes great in savoury and sweet dishes alike. I put it in my Spiced Rhubarb Crumble. You can find the recipe for this here.

Juicy Lucy’s Tip:

Much like anything new, if you’re not used to it, or especially if you may be pregnant, always talk to your doctor before adding or altering your diet or supplements.

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