Ginger—an Ancient SuperfoodAncient writings reveal that Ginger was a highly traded commodity in China, India, and the Middle East for its superfood qualities. Meanwhile, the Romans were so impressed with Ginger that they introduced this powerful spice to Europe. And during the 16th century, the Spanish carried Ginger with them to the West Indies, Mexico, and South America. Today, Australia, Jamaica, India, Fiji, and Indonesia are the top commercial producers of Ginger.
Know your Ginger!Recognising Ginger is the first major step towards incorporating Ginger Root into your diet. Ginger Root is actually the root of the Ginger plant. Either a thin or thick brown skin covers it, as the root matures its skin becomes thicker. The flesh of the root may be white, yellow, or red, depending on the variety of plant. And it smells pungent, yet aromatic with a hot flavour.
Some benefits of GingerOverall, Ginger Root is considered a superfood because it offers so many health benefits. For example, Ginger:
- Reduces inflammation throughout the body
- Relieves osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Improves mobility
- Stimulates blood circulation
- Lowers cholesterol
- Relieves respiratory conditions
- Supports kidney function
- Fights several cancers including: breast, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and skin