Amazing and Mighty GINGER TEA
How to make ginger tea at home (Caloric count: 5cal (when added honey)
Nothing beats cold in the winter like a sipping hot cup of ginger tea. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health. Once made into tea, you can add peppermint, honey or lemon to mask the taste of the ginger. 1Here is an easy-to-follow recipe for making your own ginger tea. You’ll need:
- 4 to 6 thin slices of peeled, raw ginger (add more slices for stronger ginger tea)
- 2 cups of water (when serve for two)
- juice from half of a lime or lemon, and honey (optional)
After washing, peel the ginger and slice thinly. Fill a medium pot with 2 cups of water. Place the ginger slices in the water and let boil gently for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how strong and spicy you like your tea. Remove from heat. Add lime or lemon juice and honey to taste, if desired. You can also make ginger tea with milk.
Here’s why you should have this soothing beverage.
Ginger has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of numerous ailments, such as colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension. Ginger is not only an extremely popular dietary condiment used for flavouring food but also an herb that has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb to treat a variety of ailments. Chemical and metabolic analyses have revealed that ginger comprises hundreds of compounds and metabolites. The most extensively studied bioactive components include gingerols and shogaols (Jolad et al. 2005).
Here are some of the benefits of ginger tea.
- Folk medicine suggests that ginger tea can help calm motion sickness symptoms like dizziness, vomiting, and cold sweats.
- The active components in ginger — volatile oils and phenol compounds called gingerols — can help relieve nausea caused by pregnancy, chemotherapy, or surgery.
- Research suggested that ginger consumption can be protective against heart disease. The pungent herb may help: lower blood pressure, prevent heart attacks, prevent blood clots, lower cholesterol and improve blood circulation
- It controls weight and body sugar. A review of the research Trusted Source suggests that ginger may be effective in managing obesity.
- Ginger may help improve blood sugar control, reduce A1C, insulin, and triglycerides among people with type 2 diabetes.
- It is used as pain relief It’s been shown in several studies to help relieve pain from osteoarthritis of the knee in particular. Ginger tea may also help alleviate headaches, menstrual cramps, sore muscles, and other types of pain.
- It’s believed that the antioxidants in ginger can help strengthen your immunity and reduce stress.
- Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal home remedy for muscle and joint problems. In addition to drinking ginger tea, you can also use it to soak inflamed joints. Ginger has been suggested to be effective against inflammation, osteoarthritis, and rheumatism (Reginster et al. 2000).
- The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea can help restore and improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems.
- Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension.
- Drinking ginger tea is beneficial in case of asthma. Ginger helps to loosen phlegm and expand the lungs, which in turn helps to recover from difficult breathing. It also reduces allergies and constant sneezing.
- Ginger contains aphrodisiac properties. Ginger tea helps to improve the sperm quality and male fertility if consumed daily by men. It also helps in treating erectile dysfunction in males.
- Ginger has been recommended to combat nausea associated with chemotherapy (Sharma and Gupta 1998; Grant and Lutz 2000).
- Include more ginger in your daily diet to cure or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Ginger tea reduces the loss of brain cells and protects these cells for long. Dried ginger may have beneficial effects in treating dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (Ghayur, et.al 2008).
Drinking ginger tea can have side effects, but you’re unlikely to experience problems unless you consume very large amounts.
- People most often report gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea as ginger-related side effects.
- 2Since ginger may lower blood pressure and may have a blood thinning effect, people on blood thinners or blood pressure drugs, should consult their doctor before consuming extra ginger.
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