Ginger fights infection and inhibits the growth of different types of bacteria. Children who have fever associated with cold or bronchitis, ginger water is a good choice for relief. It can be boiled in water or added to apple juice so it’s more palatable for kids.
When taken at the beginning of menstrual period, ginger has better effect on menstrual pains. It has 80 calories per 100 g and contains no cholesterol. It also has many essential nutrients and vitamin B that are required for optimum health.
It also has good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Selection, storage and use:
Fresh roots should feature heavy in hand, stout, juicy, has grey-yellow peel and free from dark spots or mold. Dried, powdered, or ground root can also be found in the stores. Fresh root can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a month or so. Powdered/ground ginger should be stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers.
Wash fresh ginger root in cold running water or rinse for few minutes to remove any sand, soil or pesticide residues. Fresh root has pungent flavour, and spicy, peppery taste that may hit the senses in palate and nostrils. In order to keep its fragrance and flavours intact, it is generally added at the last moment in the cooking recipes since prolonged cooking results in evaporation of essential oils.
Carrot – 1 + Ginger 1 inch + Apple -1/2 (Boost and cleanse body system)
Orange 1 + Ginger 1 inch + cucumber ½ (Improves skin texture and reduces body heat).