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					 Ginger - its medical and common details

Islamic Concept of Cure
Allah says in his holy Quran;
 O mankind; there has indeed come to you an exhortation from your lord and a cure
for whatever disease there is in the hearts, and a guidance and mercy to the
believers. 10/58

On the other place
 “We sent down in the Quran that which is a cure and mercy for the faithful”.

On another place
Say: for those who have faith, it (Qumran) is guidance and healing; but as for those
who are faithless, there is deafness in their ears and it is lost to their sight”. (41:44)
In Quran Allah says
“And they will be given to drink there of a cup (of drink) mixed with Zanjabil
(ginger).” (76:17)

The Holy Prophet (saww) has said,

 “The healing of my Ummah lies in three things: A verse from the book of Allah,
eating honey and Cupper lancet”.

Said the Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.s.):
 Allah did not create any illness without also creating the remedy, except death [old
age]. Allah said that he who lives according to the Quran will have a long life.

 Abu Nu’aym narrates in his book on Prophetic medicines that Abu Saed Al-Khudri
(may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Byzantine king gave the Messenger of
Allah (peace be upon him) a barrel of ginger as a gift and he gave each person a part
of it. I too got a piece.”

Foods of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.)
And the earth hath He appointed for His creatures
Wherein are fruit and sheathed palm trees?
Husked grain and scented herb.
Which is it of these favors of your Lord?
That ye deny?

Qur'an 55:10-13

 The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) was once reported to have said, "There are two
kinds of knowledge: knowledge of religion and knowledge of the body." The
Prophet (s.a.w.s.) frequently commented upon the nature and value of various foods
and spices. These comments were noted by his wives and companions (r.a.) and
remain available to us today

 During the time of the prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), the
Byzantine Emperor once sent a jar of pickled ginger to Allah’s messenger (S.A.W)
as a gift and Allah’s messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) ate from it and gave a
piece to each of his companions (radiAllahu anhum). It is stated in Tafseer Mazhari
that the Arabs had a great liking for ginger and they used it as a medicine and as a
drink. Ginger has been grown since ancient times in India too. The Indian
physicians considered ginger to be an important medicine and gave it names such as
"Great remedy" and "Panacea".

Said the Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.s.):
 Allah did not create any illness without also creating the remedy, except death [old
age]. Allah said that he who lives according to the Quran will have a long life.

The origin of every disease is cold. So eat when you desire and refrain when you

The stomach is the home of disease and abstinence the head of every remedy. So
make this your custom.

In the sight of Allah, the best food is a food shared by many.
 To eat the morning meal alone is to eat with Satan; to eat with one other person is
to eat with a tyrant; to eat with two other persons is to eat with the prophets (peace
be upon them all).

 Before presenting a selection of the Hadith specifically relating to health, it is
necessary to reflect for a moment on the nature of some of these recommendations.
To some people, the advice which follows may seem quaint, old-fashioned, or simply
bizarre. Some may feel that a particular statement has not been or cannot be
confirmed by scientific knowledge. However, all of the statements and actions of the
Prophet (s.a.w.s.) are woven upon the nucleus of divine inspiration, and so do not
admit of any error, inaccuracy, or amendment. A few illustrations will make this

 There is a Hadith that says that if a fly falls into a liquid while one is preparing to
drink it, the person should first dip the fly completely under the surface of the water
and submerge the fly totally before removing it. This advice seems very strange, if
not dangerous.

 Medically it is known that a fly carries some pathogens on some parts of its body
(this was mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad [s.a.w.s.] 1,400 years ago, when
there was practically no formal medical knowledge). But Allah has said that He
created no disease without also creating its remedy, except death (meaning the
decline of old age). Therefore, in modern times penicillin has been discovered, which
is used to counteract harmful organisms such as staphylococci. However, Dr.
Muhammad M. el-Samahy, director of the Department of Hadith at al-Azhar
University at Cairo, Egypt, has written an article revealing the astute medical genius
of this apparently mysterious advice.
 Dr. el-Samahy relates that microbiologists have discovered that there are
longitudinal cells living as parasites inside the stomach of the fly. These yeast cells,
as part of their own reproductive cycle, protrude through the respiratory tubules of
the fly. When the fly is dipped completely into a liquid, the resulting change in the
osmotic pressure causes the cells to burst. The contents of those cells are an antidote
for pathogens which the fly carries on its body. Thus, the latest research in
microbiology confirms what has been known from Prophetic knowledge for 1,400

Ginger history
The Latin name for ginger is Zingeber Officinal. It is a very aromatic spice.
Traditionally, in the Asian culture, ginger has been used for medicinal purposes.
The herb is used to treat arthritis, nausea, loss of appetite, fight body odor, promote
perspiration and to increase memory power.

 Zanjabeel, whose common name is ginger, is a very old plant. Botanically, it is
known as zingiber officinal. The Arabic word Zanjabeel is said to have been derived
from the Sanskrit word of Sringeber. The common name, ginger is also derived
from Sanskrit "Gringa" meaning horn and "Vere" meaning body, in reference to
the shape of the root.

 Zingiber officinal, the official name of the common ginger was coined by the
famous eighteenth-century Swedish botanist and general naturalist, Carl Linnaeus.
While Latinizing the name, Carl Linnaeus also derived the name Zingiber for the
generic term, using the Indian Sanskrit name for ginger - singabera, or shaped like
a horn. It is erect, smooth plant with thickened and aromatic rootstocks. Leafy
stems are 0.4 to 1 meter high. Leaves are distichously, lance late to linear-lance late,
15-25 cm long, and 2 cm wide or less. Scrape from rootstock is erect, 15-25 cm high,
covered with imbricate bracts. Calyx is 1 cm long. Corolla is greenish-yellow with a
tube less than 2 cm long.

 Ginger is a plant that comes from Southeast Asia, and is now also cultivated in
Jamaica and other tropical areas. The ginger herb root is used for culinary and
medicinal purposes.

 Ginger is a natural spice and is known world wide for its smell and pungent taste.
Ginger has been used by Chinese herbalists for more than 2,500 years as flavoring
in food and also as a medicine.

 Ginger was introduced to the West Indies and Mexico by Spanish explorers where
it now thrives. Ginger is used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for treating
inflammation and rheumatism. The largest producers of ginger are India,
Indonesia, Jamaica, and Australia.

 Unlike most spices, the part that has the most medicinal value grows under ground.
Often mistakenly called “ginger root” this is actually the rhizome of the plant which
is more of a subterranean stem than a root. Although you can use dried ginger and
powdered ginger for health benefits, fresh ginger is preferred.

 Over the centuries, people have found they can benefit from ginger’s warming
properties by taking a bath with a cup or two of the tea added to it. This is a
popular remedy for soothing arthritis and fibromyalgia pain as well as pain related
to bruised or pulled muscles. The fresh juice of ginger has been shown to reduce
serum glucose levels in test animals; therefore, it may have use as a hypoglycemic
agent for humans some day.

 For now, the most popular way to take ginger is as a decoction. A decoction is made
by simmering eight ounces of water per one ounce of an herb for twenty minutes.
Then, the tea is strained and drank. Another popular way to use ginger is to make
ginger syrup, which can then be used to make tea or “ginger ale,” by simmering two
cups of fresh sliced and unpeeled ginger root in water for half an hour. The ginger is
then strained out, an equal amount of honey is added, and the syrup can be stored
in the refrigerator for up to six months.

Ginger Nutrition Facts

The health benefits of ginger have been known for over 2000 years, but, did you
know what inside ginger? Here is the detail of Ginger Nutrition Facts table, so you
know more detail what nutrition are actually contents in ginger.
Ginger root

Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinal, consumed whole as a delicacy,
medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae).

 Ginger is native to India and China. It takes its name from the Sanskrit word
stringa-vera, which means “with a body like a horn”, as in antlers. Ginger has been
important in Chinese medicine for many centuries, and is mentioned in the writings
of Confucius.

 Although often called as “ginger root” it is actually a rhizome. It is available in
various forms, Below is the Calories contents in Ginger raw:

Nutrition Facts Ginger

Serving Size: 1 tsp (2.0g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 2
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0.4g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
 Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Suggested Preparation and Storage

 In Asian cooking ginger is almost always used fresh, either minced, crushed or
sliced. Fresh ginger can be stored for several weeks in the salad drawer of the
refrigerator. Dried ginger should be ‘bruised’ by beating it to open the fibers, and
then implanted in cooking or making ginger beer and removed when the flavor is
enough. Store dried and powdered ginger in airtight container.

Chemistry of Ginger

 Ginger contains up to three percent of a fragrant essential oil whose main
constituents are sesquiterpenoids, with (-)-zingiberene as the main component.
Smaller amounts of other sesquiterpenoids (?-sesquiphellandrene, bisabolene and
farnesene) and a small monoterpenoid fraction (?-phelladrene, cineol, and citral)
have also been identified.

 The pungent taste of ginger is due to nonvolatile phenylpropanoid-derived
compounds, particularly gingerols and shogaols, which form from gingerols when
ginger is dried or cooked. Zingerone is also produced from gingerols during this
process; this compound is less pungent and has a spicy-sweet aroma.Ginger is also a
minor chemical irritant, and because of this was used as a horse suppository by pre-
World War I mounted regiments for figuring. Ginger has a sialagogue action,
stimulating the production of saliva, which makes swallowing easier.

Document Description

 Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is one of the most widely used herbs
that contains several interesting bioactive constituents and possesses
health promoting properties. -gingerol, a major pungent ingredient of
ginger, also has great potent antioxidant activity. Monitoring of -gingerol
content during drying process, ginger extraction with supercritical CO 2
and bioactive properties analyses of extracts were performed. Fresh
mature ginger rhizomes with 94.17 ± 0.16% moisture content were dried
using a rotary air dryer at 55 ± 2 C for 11 hours to achieve moisture
content of 11.54 ± 0.29%. After drying process, -gingerol content of ginger
rhizome was reduced from 21.15 ± 0.13 to18.81 ± 0.15 mg/g dry weight
basis. Dried gingers were pulverized to coarse powder approximately 0.5
mm diameter prior to extraction. The supercritical CO 2 extraction of
ginger was undertaken with two conditions of 200 bar at 35 C and 230 bar
at 40 C. The result showed that the extracts from both conditions; 200 bar
at 35 C and 230 bar at 40 C, had -gingerol contents of 238.94 ± 0.79 and
170.50 ± 0.45 mg/g extract, total phonetic contents of 183.96 ± 1.25 and
126.04 ± 0.72 mg garlic acid/g extract, respectively. In addition, the ginger
extracts showed antioxidant activities using DPPH (1,1-Diphenyl-2-
picrylhydrazyl) radical scavenging assay, compared with BHT standard,
expressed as EC 50 , were 13.09 ± 1.77 and 26.68 ± 1.76 µg/ml,
respectively. Whereas their antioxidant activities using ABTS (2,2?-
azinobis [3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid]) radical cation
scavenging assay were 813.33 ± 6.67 and 724.44 ± 7.70 µmol Trolox/g
extract, respectively.
Importance of ginger in human life

Another example concerns the advice to take a small amount of salt before
beginning a meal. This in particular seems to be contradicted by modern medical
wisdom, which stresses the harmful effects of excess salt consumption. However,
knowledge of the metabolism of the body illustrates the wisdom of this suggestion as

 Salt is composed of two chemicals: sodium and chloride. The chlorides present in
salt constitute the only readily available source of chlorides with which the body can
manufacture hydrochloric acid, vital for proper digestion in the stomach. Thus,
taking in a small amount of salt prior to the meal allows any deficiency of
hydrochloric acid to be made up just before introducing new food.

 It should be added that the harmful effects of excess salt are primarily associated
with raised levels of sodium, not chlorides. In fact, persons who eliminate salt
entirely from their diet may be subject to further disease caused by lack of proper
levels of hydrochloric acid.

 These two examples prove that there is indeed intelligent medical reason-ing for
following the recommendations of these Hadith. It is true that not all of these Hadith
have been submitted to scientific confirmation. It must be pointed out, however, that
even if scientific experiments were done to confirm each and every statement, the
fact that science did not, or could not, confirm its value would not negate the truth
of the statement.

 For scientific knowledge is constantly changing, and too often experiments have
been found to be done incorrectly, and even intentionally falsified. For the Sufi, it is
sufficient that Allah has mentioned, or inspired His Prophet (s.a.w.s.) to advise, a
practice. Human knowledge or experience can never contradict or amend the divine
knowledge and commandments.

 Once these words of advice are integrated into dietary habits, one will discover that
every action is perfectly in accord with human nature, and immense health benefits
will accrue to anyone applying them with sincerity.
 Not only can various recipes be gleaned from the commentaries that follow, but also
individual foods and herbs are often prescribed as medicines.

 It is impossible to state with finality which food or herb would be given in a
particular case, because the person must be present before the healer or physician,
in order for him to make a correct diagnosis of the imbalance. Nonetheless, the
foods discussed in the following sections should be preferred over others, and the
suggestions for combining them adhered to.*

It must be remembered that it is not simply the eating of one or more foods that
marks the Sufi's behavior. There are many other aspects of behavior that bear upon
health--fasting, prayer, giving of alms, and other practices--and these other factors
may have a greater total impact on health than any foods.

Ginger and its benefits

 Ginger is used for medicinal purposes as well. The herb is used to treat arthritis.
The herb has also been found to limit the production of cytokines that are linked
with inflammation and pain. Ginger cures joint pain by stimulating blood
circulation. Other conditions that have characteristics of pain and poor circulation
can also benefit from using ginger, and these include Reynard’s syndrome and
rheumatoid arthritis.

 In our modern world, ginger still relieves nausea and may ease motion sickness in
some individuals. Large doses may actually help relieve the chemotherapy-related

The spice helps to protect the heart, lower cholesterol, and prevents strokes by
building up platelets in the arteries that can cause blood clots and atherosclerosis.

 Ginger eases symptoms in the digestive tract as well. This includes flatulence,
indigestion, diarrhea, and menstrual cramping. While memory is not part of the
digestive system, ginger may help restore memory for some individuals.

Ginger supports the central nervous system and also has the ability to improve
blood circulation. Basically it acts as a catalyst for other herbs used for improving
memory and concentration. It helps other herbs to do their work more effectively.
Health Benefits of Ginger

Had evident anti fungal properties against a wide range of fungi, including strains
that were
 Naturally freshens breath
 Soothes common cold symptoms, including respiratory infections
 Effective remedy for treating or preventing nausea, dizziness, and vomiting caused
by travel or motion sickness.
 Stimulates digestion
 Helps lower cholesterol
 Believed to Have Anti-Cancer Properties
 Relieves Headaches
 Useful for suppressing arthritic inflammation because of its inflammatory protein
 Ease menstrual cramps.

More health benefits
Ginger has been used for its health benefits for over 5000 years and is a favorite
medicinal as well as culinary herb.

 Unlike most spices, the part that has the most medicinal value grows under ground.
Often mistakenly called “ginger root” this is actually the rhizome of the plant which
is more of a subterranean stem than a root. Although you can use dried ginger and
powdered ginger for health benefits, fresh ginger is preferred

 The intake of ginger helps stimulate the secretion of mucus, quieting your cough
and soothing any scratchiness in your throat.
 Ginger has been proven (in multiple studies) to treat feelings of nausea, particularly
in the form of seasickness, morning sickness, motion sickness and as a side effect of

Ginger contains anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties, and is used for the
prevention of and treatment against the common cold.

Ginger acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.

 Ginger displays anti inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid
arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders.

 The chemical components of the root are instrumental in inhibiting the biosynthesis
of prostaglandins which are responsible for causing inflammation.

 Thus the root has proven to be a highly effective form of treatment, in some cases,
even more so than the NSAID’s that are traditionally prescribed.

So eating ginger may help to prevent cancer and ageing disorders.

 Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your
food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps.

Good for those with constipation!
Ginger has proven to help lower your cholesterol
Levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.

As a mood enhancer, ginger’s cineole content

May help contribute to stress relief.

 Ginger can also be used for reducing toothache and the discomfort which arises due
to the infection in the upper respiratory tract due to its antibacterial and antifungal

Being a warming herb, ginger can help knock out a fever. This property also makes

It effective in stimulating circulation of the blood.

It can also help relax muscles around the blood vessels and is said to help prevent
blood clots from forming. The warming effects make it a natural decongestant as
well as an antihistamine, making it the perfect remedy for colds.

Some studies show that it can even help inhibit
The replication of the herpes simplex virus.
Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol
because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed.

 To discover the health benefits of ginger for yourself, simply make a tea by steeping
about 5 slices of ginger in hot water.

 Ginger doesn’t only spice up your food it can also help to put some extra spice in
your intimate life too.

It improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and contains Vitamin

C, zinc and magnesium

Side Effects of Ginger
 Ginger when consumed in the right doses and right manner, are no side effects at
all. However, from time to time, a few people have experienced heartburn, bloating,
and stomach upset after taking ginger pills or capsules. A few people have also
experienced eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth irritation, and mild forms of
depression after taking ginger medications. You may want to consult your primary
care physician if this happens after taking ginger supplements.

 People with allergies, cardiac problems, central nervous system problems and also
renal problems are advised to consult your physician before taking ginger in a
medicinal or supplementary form. Patients who are currently on various
medications, for example wayfaring, etc, need to seek proper medical consultation
regarding starting on ginger medications.

 Notice that the above mentioned possible ginger side effects deal with ginger pills,
ginger capsules and ginger supplements in general. Ginger in its natural and pure
food state is much safer.

 Ginger extracts exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on human platelet aggregation;
the inhibitory factors were isolated and studied in detail. Six kinds of gingerol
analogues from n-hexane extracts of ginger were identified as the inhibitors of
platelet aggregation, but their activities were very weak compared with that of
eugenol analogues found in several spice species. Since the inhibitory activity of
ginger could not be accounted for by the six gingerols, new inhibitors from the n-
hexane extracts of ginger were investigated. Two lab Dane-type diterpene deadeyes
isolated from the extracts strongly inhibited the platelet aggregation as much as
indomethacin, but these compounds did not suppress the activity of prostaglandin
end peroxide (PGH) synthase in the arachidonic acid cascade. On the other hand,
these diterpene dialdehydes also inhibited human 5-lipoxygenase as strongly as
the?-sulfinyl disulfides found in onion.

 The characteristic odor and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of zingerone,
shogaols and gingerols, volatile oils that compose one to three percent of the weight
of fresh ginger. In laboratory animals, the gingerrols increase the motility of the
gastrointestinal tract and have analgesic, sedative, antipyretic and antibacterial
properties. Ginger oil has been shown to prevent skin cancer in mice and a study at
the University of Michigan demonstrated that gingerrols can kill ovarian cancer

Therapeutic uses

 The use of ginger as a safe and effective medicine is so well established that no
home or pharmacy should be without ginger. Thousands of years of use in Arabia,
China, India, Pakistan and Europe testifies to its benefits. Modern research
continues to research the uses of ginger and have confirmed much of the classical
uses suggested by physicians such as Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushud of Muslim Spain and
modern hakeems such as Sabir Multani and Dr Khalid Ghaznavi of Lahore,
Pakistan. Due to the mizaj of ginger being hot and moist, it is an excellent medicine
to use in any cold or phlegmatic condition, such as cold or flu. For colds and flu,
bacterial or viral, ginger will be found most helpful, as it promotes heat, induces
sweating and destroys germs and poisons
Therapeutic properties

 The ginger herb is mostly known for its ability to alleviate nausea, motion sickness,
indigestion, and it also aids in other digestive problems. To be honest, the herb has
been found to be better at than drugs for anti-nausea, and the good news is that one
does not get the adverse side effects that many Western medications have.

Because of what we have said, the ginger herb is an effective aid in helping with
morning sickness and dizziness.

 Recent studies, on top of this, have shown that the ginger root herb can lower blood
cholesterol and reduce blood clotting. Ginger has a structure within the herb similar
to aspirin. That is why it has the ability to make the blood thinner.

 Some further ginger benefits include its use as an antibiotic agent, a very potent
strong antioxidant (seeks out free radicals that would otherwise damage healthy
cells), and has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties within the herb
itself. Because of the above, the herb has been used to help treat arthritis, as well as
bodily aches and pains. Ginger benefits colds, flu’s, and allergies.

As one can see from above, ginger has many benefits, and is probably one of the
most sought-after and widely used herbs. We recommend use of ginger on a daily

 Ginger contains zinger, which defends the neurons of the brain to improve
memory. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help protect the brain against
memory-losing diseases. Research has shown that ginger, in addition to increasing
the supply of nutrients to the brain, can block the creation of inflammatory
chemicals, such as prostaglandins, which are associated with Alzheimer’s.
The Ginger and Circulatory system

 Ginger, as we mentioned earlier, is warm and stimulating, therefore it is no
surprise that ginger is an excellent medicine for circulation and heart conditions.
Heart disease is the main cause of death and disability in the so-called "modern
world". About two thirds of "modern human beings" have high blood cholesterol,
half of which will have heart attacks, strokes or other circulatory diseases. The
sources of all these circulatory diseases are not simple to identify, except that
lifestyle contributes significantly. These modern conditions of furring of arteries,
(Atherosclosis) or hardening of arteries is a major factor. This degeneration is a
result of reduced circulation. Ginger helps to improve the quality of the contraction
by preventing blood-clots. Ginger can act as a natural aspirin without the side
effects of the tablet.
 Dried ginger improves poor memory. For this purpose, powdered ginger in warm
milk is an excellent way of using ginger

 One of the most important and best known uses of ginger is on the digestive system.
It is the classic medicine for dealing with many digestive disorders. Ginger promotes
Haraarate Gharazi (digestive and metabolic fire), thus promoting digestive heat
burning toxins and removing and lowering cholesterol deposits. Ginger is a pungent
herb par excellence; we may call ginger as being stimulating carminative for

 Nausea and vomiting can be a problem when traveling. Dried ginger is found to be
effective for nausea and vomiting due to traveling. It’s also supposed to be great for
pregnancy aw sell for those who can stand the scent and taste during such
important months.

 But lets not forget the properties and effects of ginger for spirituality purpose, its
even mentioned in the Quran, saying that in paradise there will be a fountain with
water laced with ginger, all food mentioned in the Quran has both beneficial
elements for spirituality and also for the physical components of man.
Multi Uses of Ginger

Medicinal use

 The medical form of ginger historically was called Jamaica ginger; it was classified
as a stimulant and carminative, and used frequently for dyspepsia, gastro paresis,
slow motility symptoms, constipation, and colic. It was also frequently employed to
disguise the taste of medicines. Ginger is on the FDA's "generally recognized as
safe" list, though it does interact with some medications, including wayfaring.
Ginger is contraindicated in people suffering from gallstones as it promotes the
production of bile. Ginger may also decrease pain from arthritis, though studies
have been inconsistent, and may have blood thinning and cholesterol lowering
properties that may make it useful for treating heart disease.

Culinary use

 Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often
pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many
dishes. They can also be stewed in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey
is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be
made into candy.

 Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry. The juice from old ginger roots is
extremely potent and is often used as a spice in Indian recipes, and is an
quintessential ingredient of Chinese, Japanese and many South Asian cuisines for
flavoring dishes such as seafood or goat meat and vegetarian cuisine
 Ginger acts as a useful food preservative. Fresh ginger can be substituted for
ground ginger at a ratio of 6 to 1, although the flavors of fresh and dried ginger are
somewhat different. Powdered dry ginger root is typically used as a flavoring for
recipes such as gingerbread, cookies, crackers and cake, ginger ale, and ginger beer.

Candied ginger is the root cooked in sugar until soft, and is a type of confectionery.

Fresh ginger may be peeled before eating. For longer-term storage, the ginger can
be placed in a plastic bag and refrigerated or frozen.

 Because ginger has a widespread use and a lengthy history of consumption, we
believe that the ginger root herb is an effective and safe to consider for nutritional

 Dosages of ginger range from 25 mg to 100 mg. For optimal health maintenance,
lower doses are better; for severe digestive problems, higher dosages may be

 Ginger has no known serious side effects and the herb is viewed as a very safe herb
to take. However, consumers should be aware that it has been known to cause
heartburn in some people. If such a side effect occurs, lower the dosage or stop using
the herb.

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