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FLOWER OF GINGER

When ever we hear someone talk about "ginger," so many things associated with this root comes to mind. For a housewife it may mean the spice ginger, for a young man it could mean tangy drink ginger ale, for a teen it may be ginger snaps, the cracker with that special taste, and for some it could be gingerbread, or even Ginger Rogers, the actress of old times. But I have to move "gingerly" to pen this article.


Ginger is a spice found underground. The rhizome of the ginger plant botanically named as Zingber Officinale has a named derived from the Sanskrit "Singabera" meaning "horn shaped", because of its physical shape.

The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be red white or yellow. It is covered with a thick or thin skin, which is brown in color. The ginger rhizome has a firm and striated texture and its taste is a class of its own, pungent, hot and aromatic.

It is a native of southeastern Asia, whose cuisine uses a lot of this herb, in varied dishes from Pakistani, Indian and Chinese. It also has found its place in middle eastern dishes. Ginger is prized for its aromatic and medicinal properties.

NUTRIENTS AND MINERALS IN GINGER


Ginger contains Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamin B6. In my earlier articles I have already mentioned the benefits of nutrients in our lives and what part they play in our health

BENEFITS OF GINGER ON OUR HEALTH.

Beside the zest that it provides to our different fruit and vegetable dishes with its pungent, aromatic, tangy and warm taste, it also has many therapeutic benefits to offer by using it as part of our daily diet. Below are some of its important use and health benefits.


Modern scientific research has shown that ginger possesses plenty of therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds and direct anti inflammatory effects.

ANTI INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS
Ginger contains very powerful compounds called gingerols, which are helpful in controlling inflammation. It is because of this compound that people with osteoartharitis or rheumatoid arthritis have experienced reduction in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility while using ginger regularly. It helps in arthritis related problem of your knee and reduces knee pain.


NAUSEA AND VOMITING DURING PREGNANCY
Ginger has been found to help in nausea and vomiting during pregnancy even in extreme cases of hyperemesis gravidum. Unlike anti vomiting drugs, which can cause severe birth defects, ginger has been found to be safe and effective and only a small dose can be effective.

GASTROINTESTINAL RELIEF
Ginger has been proven to be effective in motion sickness, especially seasickness. It reduces all symptoms including dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating.

PROTECTION AGAINST CANCER
Research has shown that the compound Gingerol present in ginger, which is responsible for its tangy and distinctive flavor, also inhibit growth of human colorectal cancer cells.

It induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells with the same Gigerols, which are active phytonutrients. Ginger extract have been shown to have both antioxidant anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells.

IMMUNE BOOSTING ACTION
Ginger has a great quality of warming up ones self in a cold day, beside promoting healthy sweating, which is very very helpful during cold and flu. A good sweat assist detoxification. It achieves this by its content of potent germ fighting agent named dermicidin which is manufactured in body's sweat gland and secreted on surface where it provides protection against bacteria E Coli, fungi Candida Albicans, and Staphylococcus.

SOME TIPS ABOUT GINGER

Make a ginger lemonade by simply combining freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, sweetened with honey and water or cane juice.

Make a salad dressing by combining ginger, tamarind, olive oil, and garlic.

Add ginger and orange juice to pureed sweet potatoes.

Store fresh unpeeled ginger in refrigerator for up to three weeks, and in freezer up to six months.

Ginger powder can be kept in dry cool place in a sealed glass container. Same can be stored in a refrigerator for up to a year.

Ginger can be crystallized, pickled and candied.



GINGER AND HOMEOPATHY
Ginger has been made into a homeopathic medicine called Zingiber.
Lotus Materia Medica (Murphy).

ZINGIBER
Some important indications where it has proved useful.

(Zing. Zingiber officinale. Ginger. N. O. Zingiberaceae. Tincture of dried rhizome. Historical dose: Tincture and all potencies, first to sixth potency. )

Complaints from eating melons or drinking impure water. Bad food or water. Melons. Bread.

Complaints from eating melons or drinking impure water. Food or water poisoning. Much thirst, mouth dry. Headache and pressure in stomach after eating bread. Taste of food remains long, especially of bread and toast.

Hot, sore, painful anus during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids hot, painful, sore.(Aloe.) Diarrhea from drinking bad water with much flatulence,cutting pain and relaxation of sphincter. Constipation.

Hoarseness. Smarting below larynx, breathing difficult. Dryness of throat and difficulty of swallowing, as from an obstruction with dryness of posterior sinuses. Increased mucous secretion, no fever.

Hoarseness. Smarting below larynx, breathing difficult. Dryness of throat and difficulty of swallowing, as from an obstruction with dryness of posterior sinuses. Increased mucous secretion, no fever.


CONCLUSION
This completes the three part series of THE THREE COUSINS. My hope and prayer is that you will be motivated to consider these three of nature treasures in form of food and help you and your loved ones to live eat and enjoy life with better health. The data was gleaned from various sources and written and edited for easy reading.

 

Dr Wequar Author, member of Homeopathy World Community

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Comment by Debby Bruck on June 18, 2010 at 10:30am
#OMG - what a beautiful post. Dear Dr Wequar - you are posting all the food articles and teaching us so much. Again, I do love ginger in all its forms.
Comment by Gina Tyler DHOM on June 23, 2010 at 9:12pm
onion,garlic and ginger some of the three oldest medicines on this planet! Thanks Wequar
Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on June 24, 2010 at 5:57am

Gina and Debby, thank you for your encouraging words of appreciation. After all "we eat to live." So, why not be aware of what's good for our health?

Comment by Debby Bruck on June 10, 2013 at 1:19pm

Health Benefits of Garlic

  • Garlic contains an active component called Allicin, which is a sulfur compound. Allicin is an antibiotic that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce.
  • Garlic is on the American National Cancer Institute’s list of potential cancer preventative foods.
  • It promotes well being of the heart
  • Garlic helps to build the immune system
  • Garlic can boost antioxidant levels
  • It reduces risk of heart disease
  • It work to dispose of fat in meals
  • Garlic helps rid the body of toxins, heavy metals and radiation damage
  • Garlic is recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties
  • It fights bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and parasites
  • It is known for anti-bacterial properties
  • Garlic protects the liver from toxic substances
  • It improves blood circulation
  • Garlic can cure constipation and diarrhea
  • Simply rubbing a garlic clove on a cut can clear off infection
  • Garlic can help clear allergies and ward off colds
  • It reduces the risk of blood clots
  • Garlic lowers bad cholesterol and raises good hdl cholesterol.
  • It lowers blood pressure
Comment by Dr. M. A. Usmani on June 12, 2013 at 12:43am

Supreme!! 

Nutrition is always a bewitching subject. You've done justice to your topic. Keep on dear Doctor!

Comment by Debby Bruck on April 2, 2014 at 10:01pm

WHY I PUT FRESH GINGER IN MY JUICING MACHINE
 

Just ¼ Tsp. of Ginger Daily Could Reduce Type 2 Markers

 
 
Anytime you can treat, prevent, or even eliminate a common modern medical problem with food or herbs, it’s exciting. Largely because we are so bombarded with toxic formulas for everything form a skinned knee to an upset stomach, these natural treatments are a breath of healing fresh air. One of the latest studies affirming the benefits of the easily-found ginger root indicates it may only take about a quarter-teaspoon of the food each day to significantly reduce inflammatory markers associated with Type 2 diabetes

 
The American Diabetes Association estimates some 25.8 million U.S. adults and children have type 2 diabetes. That’s 8.3% of the population. It’s the leading cause of kidney failure, increases your risk of heart disease and blindness, and is one of the most common causes of limb amputation. Most important of all—it’s entirely preventable, and many would say curable with strict adherence to diet.
 
The double-blind, placebo controlled study involved 70 type-2 diabetes enrolled for 12 weeks either in a ginger group or the control group. Each day, one group received 1600 mg of ginger, the equivalent of approximately ¼ of a teaspoon

 

After the 12-week cycle, those in the ginger group experienced a significant reduction in the following markers when compared with the control:

  • Fasting blood glucose
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • Total cholesterol
  • HOMA, which according to GreenMedInfo measures insulin resistance and the function of beta-cells in the pancreas
  • HbA1C, a measurement of damage to red blood cells by sugar and a glimpse into whole body damage by “chronically elevated blood sugar”
  • Prostaglandin E2 and C-reactive protein—both markers of inflammation

The researchers concluded:

“Ginger improved insulin sensitivity and some fractions of lipid profile, and reduced CRP and PGE2 in type 2 diabetic patients. Therefore ginger can be considered as an effective treatment for prevention of diabetes complications.”

What’s particularly helpful about this study is the ginger regimen is one type 2 diabetics can institute RIGHT NOW. One-quarter teaspoon of ginger can easily be put in a smoothie, meat dish, curry, salad dressing or taken in a capsule. This isn’t something you need to wait on a drug for, as there has never been a reported incidence of someone harming themselves with ginger—there are no negative side effects.


 

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