Ginger: At The Root of All Goodness

For some, Ginger may need no introduction. It’s one of the world’s most impressive super foods, but is often only thought about during Christmas, to make things smell festive. Here at Mr Lee’s, we love a good gingerbread biscuit as much as the next person, but we want people to learn all about the benefits of regularly eating it, other than it just being perfect for dunking in tea when in biscuit form…

So let’s start at the beginning: The plant comes from the same family as cardamom and turmeric, and has been used for well over 5000 years. The ancient Chinese considered it a tonic root for all sorts of ailments, and was one of the most widely imported substances into Europe during the times of the Roman Empire, a paracetamol of their time some may say, but sadly with the fall of the Empire it slowly disappeared from this side of the world, and was forgotten for quite some time.

It has only been relatively recently in the grand scheme of things that ginger has made it’s return, and has been valued more as a spice than for its medicinal properties, but hopefully by the end of this post you’ll realise ginger’s true power as, what we consider, the ultimate superfood.

The Health Benefits

A less-commonly recognised benefit of consuming ginger on a regular basis is it’s ability to significantly lower the risk of stroke and heart disease. It contains unique properties that prevent blood clots, drastically lowers blood sugars and keeps blood flow at a healthy level. When partnered up with other superfoods, such as onions and garlic, together they form a very powerful, very scientifically proven, defence against strokes.

A more widely known medicinal use is it’s unmatched potential to treat many forms of nausea. Ginger has a long history of being used as a sea sickness remedy, stopping many a sailor from spilling their guts on the deck, whilst navigating the seven seas. Fresh ginger can be far more effective than over the counter medicines when treating sea sickness, morning sickness, and can also be very effective at preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Prior to chemotherapy, 1-1.5 grams of ginger may also dramatically increase the absorption rate and effectiveness of the treatment. Not only important to this treatment in particular, the ingredient’s incredible effect on fighting malabsorption can affect all forms of ailments, diseases and fatigue. Healthy nutrient absorption from the mouth through to your colon has the biggest impact on the human body’s general health, so when eating something healthy it’s all well and good that nutrients and vitamins are being digested, but if they can’t make it into the rest of your body, there’s no point in eating them in the first place.

Pair up ginger with those other healthy ingredients in the same meal and you’re both opening up the channels for the goodness to get in, and then supplying the body with said goodness to help your body function normally. This has so many knock-on effects that give ginger it’s superfood status, such as lowering cholesterol, treating chronic indigestion, reducing joint pain and stiffness, reducing muscle pain and soreness, and effectively strengthening the immune system, which leads to the next great time to use ginger on a daily basis…

Sometimes bad stuff happens, and you have to go to the hospital. It’s not a great situation, but what makes it worse is becoming even more ill by catching a cold that’s slowly making it’s way through the patients around you. A super simple way to beat this all-familiar trend is by making sure your immune system is in the best shape it can be, and so when admitted, taking ginger on a regular basis is a concrete way to make sure you’re body’s got more than just a fighting chance.

How To Eat It!

So there you go, we bet you didn’t know that little old ginger was so impressive? Or you did, in which case, hopefully you’ve learned at least something! But knowledge is only half the battle, the other half being action. Now you know ginger could change your life, what are you going to do about it?

There’s plenty of ways you can get more of it into your diet on a daily basis! Eating it fresh is easy, but somewhat of an assault on the palette, so instead why not add some to your favourite hot beverage? Cooking any form of meat? Add some ginger and some roasted sesame seeds! Preparing something that also uses garlic? Add some ginger and you’ll be surprised at just how much better it will taste!

There’s loads of ways to get it involved in your diet, just have a quick google and you’ll have all sorts of ideas, but of course there is one incredible ginger-filled food that (most likely..) beats all other contenders, and that is the Mr Lee’s noodle. Ginger can be found in five of our flavours: Hong Kong Street Beef, Tai Chi Chicken, Coconut Chicken Laksa, Warrior Fighting Shrimp & Zen Garden Vegetables, alongside plenty of meat and veggies to keep your body tip top!

sources:

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section11
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/white-seeber-grogan-the-remedy-chicks/health-benefits-ginger/
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/17/why-ginger-is-good-for-you

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