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Ginger is simply amazing and I tend to drink it nearly every day. A couple of years ago I discovered something called a 'ginger shot' and now I swear by them for a daily dose of intense nutrition. The ginger shot is so simple to make as all you do is juice 1 x apple with a fairly decent size chunk of ginger. As with any shot its best to knock it back in one and as long as you put enough ginger in, you will really feel this as it hits your throat and awakens your senses. Ginger is everyones favourite 'anti', its anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and just great if you have a head cold or sinus congestion. I personal found that it improved my annual, sometimes debilitating hayfever by about 80%, so I really do swear by this little beauty.
Juice or smoothie?
Juice,but bare in mind it is very powerful, so you only need a piece roughly the size of a thumbnail or it tends to overpower the whole juice.
For a warm, comforting, nutritious drink, put a few slices of lemon and ginger along with a teaspoon of manuka honey into hot water.
Because ginger helps to tame nausea, it is beneficial for people undergoing chemotherapy and its associated nausea as well as for pregnancy and its associated morning sickness.
Ginger is not a fruit or a vegetable, but is in fact classified as an aromatic bitter herb. The part that we use is actually the root (rhizome) of the herb.Ginger contains essential oils called gingerols, zingerone and shogaol that give ginger its strong zingy aroma and flavour. Ginger has been a staple for Chinese medicine for more than 2,500 years.
As well as being a natural anti-histamine, anti-septic, anti-viral and anti-inflamatory, ginger is also well renowned for soothing the stomach and helping to relieve nausea.
Ginger has been referred to as "the king of anti-inflammatory foods" and is incredibly useful for any inflammatory problems in the body from rheumatoid arthritis to easing muscle pain after strenuous activity and exercise. The reason it is such a powerful anti-inflamatory is because it contains compounds or essential oils called gingerols that help to interrupt the inflammation process. Essentially they interfere with an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) that is involved in switching on inflammation and instigating pain. When we experience a cold, we feel all bunged up with mucus, although actually most of that feeling actually comes from inflammation of the of the mucous membrane in the nose and sinuses. Most conditions and pain in the body are associated with inflammation including all muscle pain, arthritis and even skin conditions.
Ginger is a great circulation stimulant due to the compounds gingerols, which cause a rapid and noticeable widening of the blood vessel walls, which helps to enhance circulation and also lowers blood pressure. Enhanced circulation of course means that the body can transport oxygen, nutrients and white blood cells to the site of infection more efficiently as well as enhance the removal of waste. It is also beneficial for circulatory conditions such as Reynaud's.
Adding a small chunk of ginger to your juice is a fantastic way to boost the nutritional value of the juice. Ginger will support your overall immune system, so is great to use during the winter months, to help fight off colds and bugs.
Ginger, along with radishes, horseradish and cayenne pepper all heat up the respiratory system and help break up congestion in the lungs and clear the sinuses.
Vitamins, minerals and extras
- Copper, potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, magnessium
References The University of Georgia have found that daily consumption of ginger in capsule form helps to relieve soreness caused by exercise.
Pinnock, Dale, 2011, Medical Cookery, Right Way, London.
Jensen, Bernard.Dr, 2000, Juicing Therapy, Keats Publishing, Illinois.
Meyerowitz, Steve, 2000, Power Juices Super Drinks, Kensington Books, New York.
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The University of Georgia have found that daily consumption of ginger in capsule form helps to relieve soreness caused by exercise.