The superfood that protects against Alzheimer’s, improves blood pressure and helps you lose weight
The consumption of this superfood prevents numerous diseases and helps regulate a large number of problems that may arise as we get older over the years.
If you were told that there is a food that can maintain body temperature, act as a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, fights coughs, improves blood circulation, and prevents diseases such as Alzheimer’s , in addition to lowering cholesterol, and helps you lose weight, you wouldn’t believe it. But it exists and is available to everyone.
We’re talking about ginger, which during these Christmas seasons and with the winter cold, seems very useful to be able to combat the cold as well as regulate body weight. This economical food can be used in numerous dishes such as salads or dressings. It is very common in Asia, especially in China, where its culinary use is widespread.
Medicinal and natural
This completely natural medicinal product, can be obtained nine months after planting. It is characterized by a perfumed aroma accompanied by a bitter and spicy sensation. It can be used in numerous dishes such as salads or dressings although especially in meats and fish, where its freshness is very pleasant on the palate.
In the words of doctor Alberto García Valdés, Head of Endocrinology and Nutrition Hospital San Francisco de Asís in Madrid, in Spain, its consumption has been growing exponentially due to its “anti-inflammatory and immune system actions”. In addition, the pharmaceutical company Meritxell Martí recommends its use for episodes of dizziness or stomach problems, as the doctor himself states on his website.
Benefits and properties
Among the main advantages of this food compared to many others that can act in a similar way, is that it is very rich in vitamins A, C and B, with special importance in B6, which helps with the nervous and immune systems and the brain. In addition, it has a large amount of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc... “From these components are derived its properties as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, cough moderator, its efficacy against nausea and vomiting, digestive protector and as an antioxidant”, argues Dr. García Valdés.
Despite all its positive aspects, García Valdés warns that its consumption can present some problems in people with stomach diseases or chronic ailments, and advises going to the doctor in these cases to see if it could be beneficial or not. With all these factors, in general terms, its use is recommended in middle-aged women, with the aim of reducing the aging process of the bones and skin which can lead to diseases in the medium or long term.
Finally, another of the benefits that can be obtained from regular consumption of ginger tea is the lower risk of heart disease, combating arthritis or improving memory, even preventing Alzheimer’s.
How to use it
In the event that you go to the supermarket to buy it, the most important thing is to visualize how the root should look. If it is plump and hydrated, it will be suitable for consumption. Once at home, it should be stored in a dry place, away from heat.
Of all the options for implementing it in your diet, the most common is as an infusion. You can put several slices in boiling water and steep them for five minutes. Its use is recommended after heavy meals or just after waking up and on an empty stomach, as it is a great fat burner, given its high concentration of vitamin C and antioxidants.