Did you know?
Ginger is used in a variety of dishes and the flavor can vary with variety, size and whether it is cooked a long while, added toward the end of preparation, or used raw.
Ginger is one of the highest known sources of proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes, approximately 180 times higher than papaya.
Vegetable and meat marinades, prepared with fresh or dried ginger, help tenderize proteins and makes other nutrients more available, increasing their digestibility.
Ginger is shown to possess a wide variety of beneficial constituents to improve digestive and overall health. Ginger is well known to help protect us from many food-borne pathogens, including those found in several food scares in recent years, E. coli, Salmonella and Shigella.
Some of the numerous benefits associated with ginger include:
She didn’t want to worry her family, so she kept this to herself for weeks. When her parents finally realized what she was going through, they immediately took her to the doctor and discovered she had actually developed an ulcer.
Emily immediately began to sip homemade ginger ale, made with ginger syrup added to a glass of Gerolsteiner naturally carbonated mineral water. She was apprehensive at first; after all, virtually everything she’d eaten for weeks had upset her stomach. As she took a sip, a smile appeared. “Could it be helping me already? My stomach feels better already! It's calmed down. It doesn't hurt. And this is delicious!” she declared and then emptied the glass.
For the next six months, Emily sipped a small glass of homemade ginger ale or a warm ginger tea five times a day, usually with or just before each of her meals and snacks. She reported frequently about how much better her tummy felt and she didn’t experience any more bouts of digestive discomfort.
And did you know that there are a number of different ways to make a great cup of ginger tea? (Make sure to check out my article about properly making tea as well!)
You can simmer or steep any of the following for several minutes:
- Slices of fresh ginger root
- Powdered dried ginger root
- Ginger tea bags
My favorite way, so as to retain the enzymes and other heat sensitive compounds, is to finely grate fresh organic ginger root and squeeze the juice into warm, not too hot, water. (I add the pulp to my eggs or veggies.) Or you can add Ginger syrup or Ginger tincture to the warm, not too hot, water.
If you need it sweeter, try a 1/4 tsp of raw honey or maple syrup, or a dash of green stevia.