Ginger contains powerful antioxidants that are able to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds in the body, and also have direct anti-inflammatory effects.
There is nothing quite like a mug of fresh ginger tea. When fighting a nasty cold, just lifting the cup to my mouth will wash clogged senses in aromatic vapors, and soothe away discomfort. The brawny fragrance is a promise of healing and relief. Even the great Chinese scholar Confucius wrote about the medical power of this tan root; historians attest that he ate ginger with every meal. Today, research has confirmed the ancient genius of Confucius, uncovering some potent phytochemical properties that should make modern medical scholars sit up and take notice.
The historical use of ginger as medicine can be found in Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern literature. By the sixteenth century, ginger had become so popular in Europe that it was a common seasoning and could be found on just about every dinner table beside the salt and pepper. Its popularity grew from the dinner table to local English pubs, where the bartenders would provide small containers of ground ginger so the patrons could throw a pinch or three into their suds; hence, the birth of the now common ginger ale.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Ginger Root Juice
Reduces nausea and vomiting
Relieves Morning Sickness
Ginger Root Juice Nutrition
Ginger is a good source of vitamin C, copper, manganese, and potassium.
Ginger Root Juice is an excellent source of:
Ginger Root Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin C
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Ginger Root Juice
Why have three major ancient civilizations written about this lumpy root? It has predominantly been ginger’s effectiveness in alleviating the painful symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, including flatulence. Recent studies are revealing that the volatile components in ginger is even able to prevent motion sickness—especially sea sickness—and is more effective than the popularly prescribed drug, Dramamine. Ginger absorbs gastrointestinal toxins, hormones, and stomach acids, making it an effective treatment for the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.
Ginger contains powerful antioxidants called gingerals that are able to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds in the body, and also have direct anti-inflammatory effects. People who suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis find their pain level is reduced when consuming ginger on a regular basis. Clinical studies have shown that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of those who suffer with muscular pain experienced relief and a reduction in swelling. Most of these studies used dehydrated and powdered ginger root, but fresh ginger is even more potent because it contains active enzymes. Just a ¼-inch slice a day is enough. An unconfused Confucius says, “Juice your ginger.”
Preparing for Juicing
Wash and juice, skin and all. Always juice ginger first so the remaining produce will capture any of the healing volatile oils still in the machine.
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Ginger Root Juice Tips
It is remarkable how fast and effective the fresh juice of ginger can be in alleviating an upset tummy. The standard way of making ginger tea is to throw a few thin slices into boiling water. I find it even more effective to mix a couple of teaspoons of fresh ginger juice into hot—not boiling—water. I made about a half cup of ginger juice and refrigerated it in a small airtight container. Even after two days, I found its medicinal qualities were not compromised.
Picking Perfect Produce
Look for firm, smooth-skinned roots, free of soft spots and mildew.
Storing Your Produce
Uncut ginger will store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
If you feel a cold coming on, or if you have a bout of laryngitis, juice a small piece of ginger root with carrots for a perfect solution. It’s ideal for jazzing up your favorite veggie cocktail, and a great addition to sparkling water or apple juice.