Ginger beer has become a very prominent part of Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago, but the ginger plant originally hailed from China. Like a lot of plants from that part of the world it seems that ginger has a long list of uses, many of which are medicinal. The humble ginger as it turns out may not only be the principle ingredient for a refreshing Christmas drink but an actual super food.
Uses of ginger
Ginger can be used for exercise related muscle pain. This is because ginger has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. So drinking ginger beer after that workout instead of a milkshake might be a good idea.
Ginger powder can be used to treat pain during your period. Menstrual pain or as doctors may refer to it dysmenorrhea refers to pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Use one gram of ginger powder per day for the first 3 days of the menstrual period. Ginger managed to reduce pain as effectively as the drugs containing mefenamic acid and ibuprofen.
Ginger can be used to treat morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy. Remember that during pregnancy to always consult your doctor before trying anything new.
Fresh ginger has been known to offer relief of osteoarthritis. Studies are being done to confirm the effectiveness of ginger in the fight against heart disease. It has also displayed powerful anti-diabetic properties. Ginger can help with digestion. Ground ginger has shown that it can be used to ease discomfort in cases of chronic indigestion (dyspepsia).
And finally studies are being carried out on raw ginger as early results indicate that it may prove to be an effective anti-cancer drug. It seems like a ginger a day may keep the doctor away.
Medical benefits courtesy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20418184
Ginger beer recipe
1 lb green ginger
10 cups cold water
1 small cinnamon stick
Wash, peel and grate ginger. Peel and juice lime; keep the rind. Mix ginger, water, cloves, cinnamon, lime juice and the rind.
Pour this mixture into clean glass bottles and leave to ferment for about one day, preferably in the sun. The longer it is left to ferment the stronger the taste. Strain the ginger beer and sweeten to taste with sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
December 2016 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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