Eating or drinking ginger on a daily basis may have a significant impact on your health. A recent study published in journal Nutrition looked at the effects of taking ginger in 4,628 men and women. The results showed that ginger reduced the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease in over 18s and over 40s leading researchers to suggest it may be worth incorporating 2-4 g of ginger daily in the diet. The researchers were unsure of the exact reasons why ginger had such a positive effect but the key compounds (gingerols, shoganols, zingerones) have been found to be potent antioxidants and may also contribute to reducing the spread of some cancer cells.
Add it to smoothies, soups, stir fries and kedgeree. Ginger also makes delicious tea – grate half a ginger root into a saucepan, cover with water and slowly boil. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and half a tsp of maple syrup to sweeten or add tamari if you prefer a savoury drink.
Note: the article is about using fresh ginger in the diet and not ginger supplements. Ginger can interact with some medications such as hypertensives and blood thinners due to its powerful effects so care should be taken or talk to your GP.