Ginger has been long known for its numerous health benefits. Its story goes back 5000 years ago, when Confucius found out about its healing benefits, and it was considered a symbol of fertility and wealth by the Romans.
It’s a common ingredient in the Asian dishes, and one of the healthiest spices on Earth! Raw ginger is usually called ginger root, even though it isn’t actually a root, but rhizome (a plant stem).
We all start the morning with a cup of coffee. But if you really want to start a healthier lifestyle, you may want to consider including some ginger juice, too.
Some of its benefits are:
- It helps with digestion
A lot of people suffer from chronic indigestion. Ginger significantly reduces the time it takes for your stomach to empty after you have a meal. That can dramatically reduce the pain of indigestion, and it can even eliminate it. Ginger purifies the mouth and stimulates saliva production, thus aiding the digestion process.
- It may prevent cancer
Ginger has anti-cancer properties, due to gingerol, found in raw ginger. It has been found to be useful for breast, colon and ovarian cancer.
- It reduces arthritis pain
Also, thanks to gingerol, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is very beneficial if you suffer from arthritis pain. It has been shown that doses of ginger extract lower joint inflammation and relieve pain.
According to a study, ginger is effective against gout, a form of arthritis, caused by uric acid buildup in the blood.
- It boosts your immune system
Even though there are supplements in the pharmacies, nothing beats the healthy remedy to boost your immune system. Ginger is rich in antioxidants, which fight inflammation and keep your immune system healthy. It eliminates mucous and congestion.
- It reduces nausea
Ginger has been used as an anti-sickness remedy for a long time. Pregnant women, suffering from morning sickness, find ginger beneficial.
- It protects against Alzheimer’s
It is believed that chronic inflammation and oxidative stress cause Alzheimer’s. Being rich in gingerol, ginger lowers the inflammatory response happening in the brain. It directly enhances brain function, and slows down your brain cells’ death.
- It lowers blood sugar
Ginger powder is effective in lowering blood glucose levels. It also prevents blood clots from forming.
This is how you can make ginger juice:
It can be made using a lot of different ingredients, and a blender/juicer.
1. Ginger, celery, cucumber and lemon juice can be made by using:
- One-inch young ginger root
- Three celery stalks
- A slice of lemon
- A medium-sized cucumber
Wash these ingredients thoroughly. Cut the celery and cucumber into small pieces, and then peel and chop the ginger root. Add all of the ingredients in the blender.
2. Ginger, turmeric, carrot juice can be made by using:
- Half a piece of organic turmeric root
- Half a piece of organic ginger root
- Four organic carrots
- A quarter of organic lemon
- A red organic apple
You can also add a cup of coconut milk to this. Blend it and enjoy!
Have you heard of ginger shots? They are similar to juice, but much more concentrated. Other than ginger, they may also contain orange juice, turmeric, lemon juice, Manuka honey or cayenne pepper.
These shots are very strong and unpleasant to drink, and that’s why they are usually taken in small quantities.
It can be difficult for you to peel ginger, and surprisingly, the best way to do it is by using the back of a spoon.
Ginger would still have the same beneficial effects, whether you drink it in the morning, or during the day, so really – it’s up to you. It is really one of a kind when it comes to improving our health!