Ginger is a key ingredient in Indian cuisine and traditional Ayurvedic medicine and it believed to have first originated in the Indian Subcontinent because the ginger plants grown in India show the largest amount of genetic variation.
Ginger is used in everything in India, from making curries, in traditional drinks such as tea and spiced buttermilk, and also in making vegetables preparations. Ginger is one of the corner stones of any Indian Kitchen and is the basis for which everything is made which is why India alone contributes 33% of the world production of Ginger.
Gingerol is the spicy ingredient which is found in ginger and dried ginger has a higher concentration of this than fresh ginger. Gingerol protects the body from bacteria and other toxic elements by helping to increase the immune cells in the blood vessels, it also helps additionally in protecting your body from contracting bacterial bronchitis.
Additionally Ginger has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help treat a range of issues such as:
- Ginger helps to treat nausea and morning sickness very effectively, it can also be used on patients after surgery or chemotherapy to relieve the feelings of nausea and vomiting.
- Ginger helps to speed up the emptying of the stomach so treating cases of chronic Indigestion removing the recurrent pain and discomfort felt in the upper parts of the stomach.
- Ginger is a effective anti-inflammatory helping to reduce arthritis pain and reduce swelling of the joints.
- Ginger has been known to be an effective remedy to the common cold to provide relief and even cure it by consuming it as a powder or creating a tea out of it.
- Ginger can be used to treat obesity and help burn fat as it increases the metabolic rate of the body
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