Ginger: The Tastemaker Of Our Curries
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- Use of Ginger during Cooking
Ginger is used with garlic during cooking as the taste of garlic complements the flavor of ginger. The process of cooking for many Indian dishes begins with “pan roasting the spices including ginger and garlic”. A paste of garlic and ginger is an essential ingredient of Indian curries which owes its sheer aromatic blend to this amazing combination. One can also not ignore the enormous health impact of the ginger-garlic blend.
- The Benefits of Consuming Ginger
Though garlic has its own health benefits, ginger is more known for its near medicinal powers.
For any Indian cooking, ginger is an essential ingredient which you will be falling back upon, time and again, to add flavors and make your dish aromatic.
- Medicinal Properties
Ginger can be used in various forms – fresh, powdered, dried, paste or even as oil or a juice. Ginger owes its unique flavor and fragrance to its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol, which also is the main contributor to ginger’s amazing medicinal powers due to its high anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties.
- Overcoming Nausea: Ginger has long found use to overcome sea-sickness and is very effective against nausea. Eating ginger may also help in relieving vomiting and nausea after surgery and pregnancy-related morning sickness. However, before taking large amounts of ginger, pregnant woman should consult their doctors.
- Helps to Deal with Indigestion: Ginger is very effective in dealing with indigestion and people suffering from chronic indigestion or dyspepsia can especially benefit from ginger. The main cause of indigestion is associated with delayed emptying of the stomach and adding ginger to your diet speeds up the process of emptying of the stomach helping to relieve the pain coming from indigestion.
- Helps in Fighting Infections
Gingerol, present in ginger, inhibits the growth of many harmful bacteria and helps to lower the risks of infection. Consuming ginger can help in fighting the oral bacteria, like gingivitis and periodontitis, which are the cause of inflammatory gum diseases. It may also be an effective way of fighting respiratory infection virus like RSV virus.
- Helps to Reduce Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the joints leading to joint pain and stiffness. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and if taken helps to reduce the pain due to this degenerative disease.
- Helps to reduce Menstrual Cramps
Ginger is also commonly used in China where it finds routine use for relieving the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Consuming ginger during menstrual cycles has shown to be as effective in overcoming the cramps as prescription drugs.
- Helps to Lower Cholesterol Levels
The bad cholesterol level – LDL in our body is linked to the food that we eat. High levels of this cholesterol can lead to increase in the risks of heart diseases. Adding ginger to our diet helps to reduce the LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels significantly.
One of the healthiest and most delicious foods, ginger has proved to be a “super food” due to its amazing healing and medicinal powers. Click here to know more about the uses of ginger to add taste to your curries.