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All about Ginger-A Spice which is a Boon to Humans and a Great Medicine

Posted by seshdotcom on January 9, 2009


Ginger has been used as a spice and medicine in India and China since ancient times.Nowadays it is cultivated all around the world Jamaica, India, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Australia, and China are well known sources.The Ginger is not costly in the shops over here in India  but I don’t know rate in other countries.One Kilogram of Ginger Costs around 50 Rupees in India which is equal to 1$ (1 USD)


The Ginger at its best!!!!!

The Ginger at its best!!!!!



Nutritional Value:

             The plant is of great importance as a spice or flavouring agent, and it is widely being included in biscuits, puddings, cakes, gingerbread,soups, pickles, curry powder, ginger beer, ginger ale, and ginger wine etc.,It is also good for digestion so it is added in very spicy Foods Like Biriyani in India. For these purposes, the rhizome-(A horizontal plant stem with shoots above and roots below) itself may be utilized, or its essential oil or its oleoresin, a solvent extraction of the rhizome, which contains other substances in addition to the oil

Claims and Talks about Ginger:

Ginger has had many uses in herbal medicine. It is said to be carminative, and has been used for hundreds of years to treat gastrointestinal distress. It is also employed as an antipyretic, diuretic, diaphoretic, and antitussive (stops coughing) – these properties would explain its use for colds and influenza. It is claimed that ginger stimulates the circulation and helps blood flow to the surface, useful for chilblains->Inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold  and poor circulation to the hands and feet

What the Medical experts say:

             Many of its traditional uses have been supported. Essential oil and gingerols and their derivatives (shogaols) present in the oleoresin are regarded as the active principles.Some animal experiments indicate that ginger shows cardiotonic activity (favourable action on the heart). The essential oil has been demonstrated as antibacterial, atleast in vitro.It is used as a very good medicine for Digestion Problem (Dyspepsia).But Doctors say that excessive Ginger intake should be avaoided during Pregnancy


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