I love ginger!
When I was younger, I hated anything and everything that had ginger in. But somewhere in my adult life, I got a taste for ginger. And I love it!
I also love to use ginger in juicing! Not only does it taste great, but it also has a heap of health benefits. I have a whole range of ginger wellness shots that I offer to clients, and many of my juices also include this amazing spice.
Over the last few weeks I have noticed how the price of ginger increased – on a weekly basis, there would be a hike in the price! Just before Christmas, I paid R116 per kilogram of ginger. Just after New Year, the first big increase happened to R169 per kilogram, then two weeks ago it was R199 per kilogram, and yesterday, it was R320 per kilogram! Now, you don’t have to be a mathematician to see that this is a huge increase in the price.
A quick investigation and the reason for the price increase has been revealed. People across the world are tapping into the health and immune benefits of ginger, garlic and turmeric. Demand has increased, so the price has increased!
So while I am so happy that more people are turning to eat healthier, and likely also include juices with ginger in their daily diet, the price increase will make it more difficult for people to access this amazing ingredient. Hopefully ginger production will increase to meet the demand.
Why Ginger is Awesome for your Health
Ginger is a member of the same family as turmeric and cardamom. It is a root, and the spice aroma comes from the presence of ketones, specifically gingerols. It is gingerols that have been the focus of many research studies.
Ginger is one of the go-to remedies when women are pregnant and are struggling with morning sickness. Ginger is well-known to alleviate the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Some of the other researched benefits of ginger include the fact that it is a general antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic. There is also evidence that ginger supports a protective role in cardiovascular function and a number of other diseases. Some studies have also suggested that ginger has antidiabetic effects, and could be valuable in managing the effects of diabetes.
And if you are doing strenuous exercise, ground ginger may help to reduce muscle pain!
How you can enjoy ginger
There are a few ways in which you can have ginger other than ginger biscuits!
I love to simply juice an apple with some raw ginger, and have it as a wellness shot first thing in the morning. I always advise clients to respect the ginger root, as a little really goes a long way. Start with a small amount of fresh ginger, and then increase it to the amount that you enjoy!
Ginger is also a great ingredient in juices. Simple is often best. Like juicing half a pineapple, an orange, two carrots and some ginger. Perfect and delicious!
Chai tea is another great use of ginger – the homemade version of chai tea, not the commercial powered products.
And of course, you can use ginger in cooking, like when you make a curry dish.
Take care of yourself and your health. Without your health, you cannot live the full life you desire!
- The Amazing and Mighty Ginger. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/