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The Magic of Ginger

Ginger may be a plain rhizome that grows underground, but ginger possesses stellar properties to improve health, address sickness and fight disease. Choose fresh ginger over the dried spice. The flavour is superior and it contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger’s active protease (its antiinflammatory compound).

Ginger’s History

Native to southeastern Asia, ginger has been renowned for thousands of years throughout the world, long prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties.

Ginger is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings. Confucius first mentioned ginger in 500 BC, Marc Polo commented on its high price on one of his famous trips to the far east and the ancient Romans taxed it heavily! The English became know for adding ginger to their beer and Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with inventing the gingerbread man.

Look what ginger can do!

  • Ginger is very effective at soothing stomachaches because it has properties that relax and soothe the intestinal tract.
  • Ginger is proven to relieve the symptoms of motion sickness, nausea and vomiting.
  • Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that helps reduce inflammation (and reduce pain) for those with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells
  • Ginger promotes healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus.

Feel Better with Ginger

  • For nausea, ginger tea made by steeping one or two 1/2-inch slices (one 1/2-inch slice equals ⅔ of an ounce) of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water.
  • For arthritis, some people have found relief consuming as little as a 1/4-inch slice of fresh ginger cooked in food.

Quick Ways to Enjoy Ginger

  • Grate into carrot or butternut squash soup.
  • Mix grated ginger with rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil for a wonderful asian salad dressing.
  • Add grated ginger and orange juice to mashed sweet potatoes
  • Stir fry ginger with any fresh stir fried vegetables such as broccali, green beans, spinach.
  • Chop up candied ginger and mix with cream cheese for a delicious sandwich spread
  • Minced ginger, soy sauce, maple syrup and garlic makes a great “Canadian” Teriyaki sauce.