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Food as Medicine: Ginger


If cooking isn't your thing, rest assured that not all medicinal foods need to be cooked to reap the benefits. Sometimes blending them into a juice, or a smoothie has just as much of an impact. For instance, take ginger, a rather unassuming root that packs a punch. Many of us know ginger is good for us, but do we really know why? Let start at the top with its "potential for treating a number of ailments including degenerative disorders (arthritis and rheumatism), digestive health (indigestion, constipation and ulcer[s]), cardiovascular disorders (atherosclerosis and hypertension), vomiting, diabetes mellitus, and cancer." If all of that wasn't enough to convince you, what if we also tell you it has "anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging"? Start your day off on the right foot with a ginger infused juice - you can thank us later :)

Ginger Pear Juice


Ingredients:

  • 1 inch knob of ginger

  • 1 Asian pear

  • 6 leaves romaine, or kale, or both if you're feeling adventurous

  • 1/2 lemon

Directions:

  • Wash all produce thoroughly

  • Juice all other ingredients

  • Give it a stir and enjoy immediately

References:


1. Shukla Y, Singh M. Cancer preventive properties of ginger: A brief review. Food Chem Toxicol. 2007;45:683–90


2. Mashhadi, N. S., Ghiasvand, R., Askari, G., Hariri, M., Darvishi, L., & Mofid, M. R. (2013). Anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity: review of current evidence. International journal of preventive medicine, 4(Suppl 1), S36–S42.

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