Ginger Beer

Ginger beer a super healthy drink

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.

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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 womanÔÇÖs 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.

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Medical benefits courtesy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20418184

Estimated preparation time: 10 minutes

Estimated cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 litre

Ginger beer recipe

Ginger beer recipe in sweet T&T for Sweet TnT Magazine, Culturama Publishing Company, for news in Trinidad, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, with positive how to photography.

Ingredients

1 pound green ginger

2 limes

3 cloves

1 stick cinnamon

┬╝ cup sugar

┬Ż cup club soda

4 cups water

Directions

Wash ginger; leave or peel skin; and grate or chop it into smaller pieces.

Cut limes in half, squeeze juice in cup and keep the rind.

Option 1

Add to bowl the ginger, lime juice, rind, cloves, cinnamon and water.

Leave to ferment for at least 24 hours.

Strain liquid in jug; add sugar and club soda, then refrigerate.

Option 2

Add to pot over medium fire the ginger, lime juice, rind, cloves, cinnamon and water.

Boil for 20 minutes.

Leave to ferment for at least 24 hours.

Strain liquid in jug; add sugar and club soda, then refrigerate.

December 2016     www.sweettntmagazine.com

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