|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 to 2|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8g||10%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 63g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 21g||76%|
|Total Sugars 35g|
|Vitamin C 80mg||402%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Feeling cold on a chilly day and need something to warm you up? Look no further than ginger. Its warming properties have been used for thousands of years!
Ginger has been a major medicinal plant for over 5000 years. It’s been used to treat many problems, from pain relief to nausea, seasickness to infection, and sexual dysfunction to scurvy.
In folk medicine, ginger has a long and fabled history. It was commonly prescribed as an aphrodisiac, as well as for the treatment of any number of intestinal and digestive issues including constipation, and was dispensed to relieve colic. Ginger was used to reduce inflammation and to assist with neurological and nervous system problems. It was commonly utilized to treat infections such as colds and flu and to bring heat to the body.
Ginger is believed to have originated in China and spread quickly to India and Africa, from where it made its way to the ancient Romans and Europeans and on to Jamaica. At one time Jamaica was the leading producer of ginger.
Today we understand a lot more about the power of this wonderful spice, and why it held such high esteem in the ancient world not only for its fantastic flavor but also for its medicinal properties.
For a Juice:
2 medium apples
2 medium carrots
1 medium celery stalk
1-inch slice fresh ginger
For a Smoothie:
1 to 2 cups of your favorite milk such as dairy, almond, soy, oat, or rice
2 tablespoons nuts, protein powder, or flax seeds, optional
Gather the ingredients.
If making a juice, process through a juicer.
If making a smoothie, combine all the ingredients from the juice plus the milk of your choice in a blender; process on high until smooth. Add nuts, protein powder, or flaxseeds to create an even smoother consistency, if desired.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Benefits & Research
- Exceedingly low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals as well as phytochemicals such as gingerol, ginger provides fiber, high amounts of manganese and magnesium, and good amounts of phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc.
- Ginger is also a rich source of B-complex compounds, vitamins C and E. Its vitamin C content is the reason ancient voyagers carried this spice with them, to avoid scurvy.
- Studies have also demonstrated that gingerol acts as a potent anti-inflammatory in fighting the effects of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
- Ginger also contains shogaols, which have been shown in studies to reduce inflammation and have anti-diabetic and anti-cancerous properties as well.
For these reasons, ginger is an awesome addition to your juices and smoothies. Just as little as a ‘thumb-sized’ portion could not only warm you up on a chilly day, but also protect you from infection, inflammation, and pain!
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