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I have long known about the benefits of ginger in helping with motion sickness, fending off winter colds, alleviating chills, lowering fevers and helping reduce inflammation. I started making ginger root tea in college when I came down with a winter cold. Cheaper than cold medicine and tasty too. But recently I learned about the Ginger People, a 26-year-old family-owned and operated business with ginger factories in California an Australia. 

The Ginger People is the world’s only ginger producer of closed-kettle, artisan-style crystallized ginger. This unique, small-batch process captures all of the flavor that would otherwise be lost using the large open-vat cooking method. I tried the ginger chews, ginger soother and energizer drinks and the Gin Gins Boosts, ultra-strength ginger candy. I’m a runner so I often have aches and pains running 70 or 75 miles a month. I also have sinus troubles. The ginger was remarkably helpful with reducing inflammation, and I love the taste of the 20-calorie ginger chews.

I checked out the website: www.gingerpeople.com and found there is also crystallized ginger, ginger baked goods, cooking sauces, grated and minced ginger, lemon ginger beer and more.

I also learned a lot more about ginger on the site. As it turns out, ginger has been used in medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. During the Roman Empire, ginger was a coveted and expensive spice reserved for nobility and commanded a price 15 times that of black pepper.

It is believed that ginger originally arrived in Rome from India. After the fall of the Roman Empire, ginger nearly disappeared in Europe.Many attribute its return to the continent to Marco Polo following his travels to China and India. Ginger’s popularity spread to Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany, and was consumed in large quantities in England. Queen Elizabeth is even credited with having invented gingerbread men. Today, ginger is one of the most worldly of spices, used in cuisines around the globe. Most importantly, it's really, really good for you.

The following health information was provided by the Ginger People from a variety of medical sources and studies:

Ginger and Motion Sickness: Why is ginger ale served on airplanes? Of all ginger's effects, its anti-nausea property is probably the best known. A 1982 Study from Brigham University and Mount Union College in Ohio found ginger more effective than the common anti-nausea drugs in blocking motion sickness. It’s no coincidence that ginger ale, a soothing beverage, is served on airplanes.

Ginger and Indigestion: Ginger increases digestive movement through the stomach, and has also been shown to stimulate several valuable digestive enzymes in the pancreas. The enzymes in ginger break down protein efficiently and rapidly, leaving the digestive system free of any discomfort. 

Ginger and Morning Sickness: Ginger can relieve the nausea and vomiting experienced by pregnant women, say Australian researchers. Ginger does not prevent morning sickness but it may help ease some of the nausea experienced by
pregnant women.

Ginger and Arthritis: The consumption of ginger is a safe and effective remedy for the pain and swelling caused by arthritis. Ginger juice has even been used in bath water to help ease aches and pains.

Antioxidant: Ginger is a good antioxidant. It contains two phenolic compounds, shogaol and zingerone, that protect fats from being damaged by highly destructive forms of oxygen (free radicals).

Ginger and a Healthy Heart: Ginger helps heart and circulatory problems. It helps dissolve blood clots in the arteries and diminish the levels of cholesterol in the blood. Working similar to aspirin, ginger reduces inflammatory eicosanoids without the side effects of other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Ginger and Cold Fighting: Ginger can assist in lowering a fever. It is also helpful in alleviating chills caused by colds as it warms the body. Its antibacterial/antiviral effects help reduce the incidence of colds altogether.

Ginger and Cough Relief: Ginger also can treat a cough. If someone is experiencing a dry scratchy cough, ginger tea will stimulate the secretion of mucus to help alleviate the cough, and the hot liquid will soothe the scratchiness. --KB

And with the holidays coming, the Ginger People offer this recipe:

Top this tender gingerbread with whipped cream and serve.
1 2/3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup The Ginger People® Crystallized Ginger Chips, minced
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 extra large eggs
3 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup buttermilk
Whipped cream
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 8 1/2 x 4 1/2
inch loaf pan. Sift first 6 ingredients into medium bowl. Mix in 3
tablespoons crystallized ginger. Beat the butter and both sugars
in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in
fresh ginger. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk,
beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Transfer to prepared
pan. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger over batter. Press ginger
lightly into batter. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about
50 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 07 January 2014 22:35)


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