Ginger is widely used around the world. In Western cooking, it is more frequently added as the main ingredient in sweet desserts such as gingerbread or ginger snaps. Other cultures meanwhile more typically apply it in vegetable, meat and fish dishes, although the Chinese are also known to make candied ginger.
From treating upset stomachs to certain types of cancer, this quite common spice delivers a wide range of therapeutic benefits. This is why ginger is a wholly recommended part of the Superhuman Food Pyramid.
Jump right in and see how ginger can help you achieve Superhuman health.
Ginger has been traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies have looked into it and reveal how certain compounds found in the spice are able to do it.
Gingerol is the main volatile oil that gives fresh ginger its pungent aroma and spicy flavor. This substance makes ginger an effective anti-inflammatory because it can stop the production of nitric oxide. This nitrogen compound tends to react quickly and forms peroxynitrite which is one of the harmful free radicals in the body.
Another pain-relieving action that ginger does is to inhibit inflammatory substances internally produced by your body. These are cytokines and chemokines made by the cells in the joints and joint cartilage. Thus ginger can successfully alleviate much of the pain that comes with arthritis and other types of muscle pain.
Other studies on gingerol have also identified antipyretic (relieves fever) and antibacterial qualities. One exceptional research on cancer has shown this volatile oil to be able to wipe out ovarian cancer cells. Said cancer cells went into cell death when exposed to this ginger extract. Tumors associated with colorectal cancer are another set that ginger was able to successfully eradicate.
Ginger is also commonly known to prevent nausea, vomiting and dizziness. It is in fact often used as herbal remedy for morning sickness by pregnant women and by those who are susceptible to motion sickness.
Gastrointestinal relief is an additional benefit to taking some ginger. The spice is said to stimulate the production of saliva which facilitates easier swallowing. Then the digestion process is improved because the spice enhances movement of the rest of the gastrointestinal tract. Ginger doesn’t just calm down a stressed stomach because of indigestion but it can also treat constipation.
Ginger Practical Uses:
There is conveniently prepared ginger powder and there is raw ginger. The former tends to have a stronger aroma and taste because drying and heat converts the gingerol into another volatile compound called shogaol. Which of the two common forms of the spice you use depends on how you plan to use it.
For medicinal purposes, fresh raw ginger will likely give you the most benefit. The simplest preparation is turn it into tea or juice:
- Peel the skin off the ginger root, cut thin slices, and boil in water to make ginger tea.
- Run the peeled root, cut into appropriate sizes through a juicer to make ginger juice.
Either type of beverage can be made more palatable by adding some lemon juice and honey. You can then drink the tea after meals, or take the juice after a particularly grueling exercise to ease some of the joint and muscle pain.
Here are other ways to handle ginger:
Ginger herbal tincture – Soak ½ cup of chopped fresh ginger in 1 cup of vodka for two weeks. Use a tightly sealed glass jar. After the 2-week period strain the ginger and store the remaining tincture. Just a few drops in water will do for therapeutic relief.
Powdered ginger – After peeling the fresh root use a grater to cut it into small thin pieces. Place these on a baking sheet lined with wax paper on the bottom then cover up the pieces with more wax paper to keep it from getting contaminated. Let the grated ginger dry up on its own in a cool and clean area of the kitchen. Once dry, run the pieces through a coffee grinder.
In the next post, I’ll tell you about the pros and cons of raw pollinated honey and how it should be used in moderation in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the herbs, spices and sweeteners on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
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