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What Are the Best Sources of Ginger?

Monday, 20 Sep 2010 04:11 PM

Ginger is the underground stem of the Zingiber plant. It has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. In addition to medicinal uses, ginger continues to be valued around the world as an important cooking spice. Ginger is a natural spice and is known worldwide for its smell and pungent taste. The sources of ginger have no side effects and carry anti-inflammatory properties. They are also known to have a positive effect on the muscles in the digestive tract.

The benefits of ginger include:

  •  Ginger can cure nausea that arises during pregnancy or while traveling.
  •  Ginger is known to have the ability to calm an upset stomach and promote the flow of bile.
  • Stomach cramps can be eased and circulation can be improved by using ginger.
  • Ginger supports a healthy cardiovascular system by making platelets less sticky. It in turn reduces circulatory problems.
  • Sources like ginger tea minimize the symptoms of a cold, respiratory problems, and allergies.
 
Ginger can be freshly grated and used in cooking. It is also available as a supplement which can be taken on a daily basis. These are the best sources of ginger.

Sources of ginger, like grated ginger root mixed with diluted lime juice, helps soothe the digestive tract. It also reduces flatulence. It can be made into oil and used to massage areas of localized chronic pain. It can also be used in extract form to reduce inflammation.
 
Ginger products are made from fresh or dried ginger root, or from steam distillation of the oil in the root. Sources of ginger are also available in extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils. Ginger can be found in a variety of foods and drinks, including ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger sticks, and ginger ale.
 
Ginger extract can be bought in pill form. The dosage is 100 to 200 mg up to three times a day. Half a teaspoon of fresh powdered ginger should be taken three times a day.
 
Fresh ginger root can be eaten every four hours, but no more than three times a day. It should be approximately ½ inch long and peeled.
 
Ginger tea is prepared by adding ¼ tsp of grated ginger steeped for five to 10 minutes. Ginger tea, which now comes pre-packaged, can be consumed several times a day. Honey and some freshly squeezed lemon can be added to ginger tea.

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