Ginger is an edible root , used for its spiciness and its hot and pungent flavor , particularly appreciated in oriental culture. In the culinary field it is used for the preparation of desserts , but also second or first courses .
Rich in mineral salts such as: calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron and zinc.
Benefits on the body
There are many uses in the field of phytoremediation.
Ginger is exploited for its ability to reduce nausea , it was in fact used by Chinese sailors to combat seasickness. Especially used in cases of post-operative nausea , chemotherapy or pregnancy.
Especially recommended in cases of difficult digestion (nausea, bloating, belching and stomach swelling). In addition, it promotes gastric emptying by acting as a gastroprotector.
Thanks to its anti- inflammatory properties it is used in cases of cough , sore throat or seasonal cold and as an antioxidant in countering free radicals, thus counteracting the development of chronic diseases related to cellular aging .
Recent studies show that it can affect the amount of sugar in the blood, thus being useful in case of diabetes .
The consumption of this spicy spice is not recommended in cases of pregnancy and lactation or in cases of allergies to one or more components of the root, which could cause ulcers and gastritis.
Also to be avoided in cases where anticoagulants or anti-inflammatory drugs are taken.
On the market, ginger can be found in different forms: powdered , fresh , dried or candied .
To date it can be consumed by the bravest, in small slices (peeled) or used as the main ingredient of herbal teas . Grandma's remedies in fact involve boiling small slices of ginger in a saucepan with water for about 10 minutes, filter and sweeten with a teaspoon of honey or a few drops of lemon.
Other variations of ginger tea include the addition of cinnamon , anise , fennel seeds or turmeric .
With the exception of cases where the intake of ginger is contraindicated , it can be taken from one to three times a day .