Ginger may help you to lose weight and to treat bad digestion, heartburn, nausea, gastritis, cold, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cough, muscle aches, blood circulation problems and arthritis.
This is a medicinal plant that has a spicy flavor and can be used to season foods, reducing the need for salt. This root can also be used in the treatment of circulatory problems, colds or inflammations, such as a sore throat.
Its scientific name is Zingiber officinalis and can be purchased at natural product stores, pharmacies and markets, in it's natural form, in powder or pill form.
What can it be used for
Ginger has many proprieties which include: anticoagulant, vasodilator, digestive, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, analgesic, antipyretic and antispasmodic.
How to use
The parts most used of ginger are it's roots, which are used for making teas or seasoning meals, for example.
- Ginger tea for a cold and sore throat: Place 2 to 3 cm of ginger root in a pot with 180 ml of water and boil for 5 minutes. Strain, let it cool down and drink up to 3 times a day;
- Ginger patches for rheumatism: grate the ginger and apply in the sore area, cover with a gauze and leave to act for about 20 minutes.
Possible side effects
The most common side effects that can be caused by ginger include stomach aches and drowsiness, but usually only occur when consumed in excess.
Who should not use it
Ginger is not indicated if you suffer from allergies or if you are using anticoagulant medication, such as warfarin, because it may increase the risk of hemorrhage. In addition, people with high blood pressure who are using medication to control their blood pressure should only consume ginger if indicated by their doctor, as it can interfere with the effect of the medication, making blood pressure difficult to control.
During pregnancy, the maximum dose of ginger should be 1g per kg of body weight. Pregnant women can use this root to relieve motion sickness during pregnancy in a grated form.
Ginger Nutritional Information
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1. Does eating ginger do you harm?
When consumed in excess, ginger can cause stomach aches in people with a sensitive stomach and in children may cause drowsiness. It is also not recommended for people taking anticoagulant medication.
2. Does Ginger make your blood thinner?
Yes, eating ginger on a regular basis helps to 'thin' the blood, being helpful if you suffer from high blood pressure for example, but should be avoided by people taking medication like warfarin because it can increase the risk of hemorrhage.
3. Does ginger increase your blood pressure?
People with high blood pressure and who are taking medication to control it should only consume ginger if the doctor indicates it, as it can interfere with the effect of the medicine, making your blood pressure difficult to control.
4. Does ginger increase your immune system?
Yes, if you consume ginger in powder, grated or in tea form it may help your body to increase it's response to infections. So, ginger can be a great ally to help treat colds and the flu, for example.
5. Does ginger help to lose weight?
Ginger root has stimulating properties and so can help increase metabolism and consequently the energy burnt by the body, but it will only help you to lose weight if you combine it with a proper diet and physical activity.
Recipes with ginger
Ginger can be used in sweet and salty recipes. This root can be finely chopped or grated to be used in sauces, sauerkraut, tomato sauce and in oriental meals, for example. It may also be crushed so that it can be used in cakes, biscuits, breads and hot drinks.
1. Lemon juice with ginger and peppermint
This recipe is easy to prepare and can be a great option to quench your thirst
- 1 tablespoon of lemon peel;
- 300 mL of lemon juice;
- 1 tablespoon of ginger with peel;
- 1 cup of peppermint tea;
- 150 mL of warm water;
- 1200 mL of cold water;
- 250 g of sugar.
To prepare the peppermint tea, you should put the leaves in boiling water and then beat the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Then mix all the ingredients together, strain and then serve the drink cold.
2. Minced meat with ginger sauce
This recipe is simple and very tasty and can accompany pasta, serve as stuffing for wraps or with roasted peppers, for example.
- 500 g minced meat;
- 2 ripe tomatoes;
- 1 onion;
- 1/2 red pepper;
- Parsley and chives to taste;
- Grounded salt and ginger to taste;
- 5 mashed garlic cloves;
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil or oil;
- 300 mL of water.
Put the garlic and onion in a pan, along with a little oil or olive oil until they become golden brown. Add the meat and let it brown for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add 150 ml of water and the other ingredients until the meat starts to cook and pick up taste. Make sure the meat is cooking well and add the remaining water, leaving it on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the meat is well cooked.
3. Ginger water
Adding ginger to water is great to give water more taste, especially if you have difficulty consuming water throughout the day. This recipe can also help you to lose weight.
- Sliced ginger;
- 1 L of water.
Slice the ginger and add 1 liter of water and then let it rest through the night. Drink throughout the following day without sweetening.
4. Canned ginger
- 400 g of ginger;
- 1/2 cup of sugar;
- 1 cup of vinegar;
- 3 teaspoons of salt;
- 1 glass container with a lid with approximately 1/2 liter capacity.
Peel the ginger and then slice it, leaving the slices thin and long. Cook only in boiling water and then let it cool naturally. Next, add the other ingredients and bring to cook for about 5 minutes after boiling over low heat. After that, ginger should be stored in a glass container for at least 2 days before consumption.
This homemade ginger can be preserved for about 6 months if kept in the refrigerator.