Nutrition Spotlight – Ginger
Ginger is one of my favorite herbs/spices. It can support our body in so many ways!
Here are a few highlights:
- Digestive support – stimulates digestion, helps move food through the digestive tract, relieves nausea, gas, and bloating
- Anti-oxidant – many powerful compounds in ginger that can help prevent or delay cell damage caused by free radicals
- Anti-inflammatory – especially good for inflammation related to arthritis and the digestive tract, but good for reducing general inflammation
- Immune support – can reduce severity and duration of colds/flu and some studies have shown ginger can block viruses from attaching to airways
- Other – can help support balanced blood sugar levels, stimulates circulation, pain relief (particularly from menstrual cramps), and may help lower cholesterol
How to enjoy ginger:
- Add fresh ginger root or powdered ginger when cooking – it’s great added to soups, curries, stir fry, marinades, etc.
- Add fresh shaved ginger to salads, include in smoothies and juices
- Ginger tea
- Ferment or pickle vegetables with ginger
Tips for using fresh ginger:
- To peel fresh ginger root, use the side of a spoon. The peel will come off easily. Also, you don’t have to worry about removing all the peel – it won’t hurt you. Just remove the majority of the peel, especially the tougher parts.
- Chop, slice, mince, or shred and add to your next recipe
- Fresh ginger root can be frozen, so when you find great looking ginger root at the store (like the picture above) buy and freeze whole.