8 Ways to Enjoy the Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger, one of the healthiest spices, was considered a luxury thousands of years ago. It originated from China and was used by ancient Indians and Chinese to treat common illnesses, making it a very valuable spice used for trade.

Even though ancient civilizations didn’t have the science or technology of the 21st century, they were onto something. Ginger is full of medicinal elements and its health benefits are supported by today’s scientific research.

Ginger’s medicinal qualities:

  • Helps digestion
  • Reduces nausea (including morning sickness)
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Reduces exercise-induced muscle soreness and pain
  • Fights bacteria and infections
  • May help protect against age-related cognitive degenerative diseases
  • May improve heart disease risk factors
  • May help lower cholesterol levels

Doesn’t ginger seem like a magical tonic? Nowadays, we see fresh ginger in the produce section of grocery stores, ground ginger in baking aisles and a wide assortment of ginger products, from ginger candy to ginger tea. Not only is ginger good for us, it’s pleasing to the palate. This spice is commonly used in different Asian cuisine, but it can be incorporated in all types of food.

There are many delicious ways to enjoy the health benefits of ginger. Here are our favorite approaches to incorporate ginger in your dishes at home!

Honey Garlic Shrimp

This low-calorie meal includes shrimp, which are high in protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Honey, soy sauce, garlic and ginger are mixed together to create flavorful bites your family will love.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Yule Log

Desserts, such as gingerbread-flavored treats, can include ginger, too. There’s little worrying that your family won’t gobble up this ginger-infused cake.

Ginger Beef Salad

Give your family a salad they’ll want to eat again. This quick and easy salad is healthy, savory and filling

Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

Salmon is one of the best fishes to eat, because it’s full of healthy vitamins and is excellent for your heart’s health. Enjoy this delicious entree with brown rice and vegetables.

Ginger Broccoli

Yum – who could resist this nutritious side dish?

Ginger Honey Chicken Wings

Take a healthier spin on an American classic meal by adding a ginger honey flavor to chicken wings. Warning: this is a finger-licking meal.

Carrot Ginger Soup

This creamy soup is great for your body and perfect for a chilly night.

Pork Chops with Ginger Pear Sauce

Spice up your pork chop recipe with this unique, flavorful sauce.

 

There are so many medicinal, delicious ingredients that should be incorporated in home cooking. For more healthy recipes and nutrition information, check out these Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.

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