Food of the Week: Ginger
Even in the drug-centered Western health care system, doctors recommend ginger to help with nausea, vomiting and digestion. In Eastern medicine, it's believed to help treat many problems common in those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: flu-like symptoms, headaches and painful periods. Some studies suggest it may also be effective against heart disease and cancer.
Ginger is also a proven anti-inflammatory, and a recent study shows it may help relieve muscle pain. You can take it in supplement form, cook with it, or do both to get the effect.
A nice thing about ginger is that it's easy to find and use. It's in Chai and some herbal and medicinal teas. It's in some baked goods (mmm, I love ginger snaps!) You can find the powdered spice as well as the root in just about any grocery store. It's easy to cook with and works in a lot of different recipes.
One of my favorite ways to use ginger is on chicken -- I just sprinkle a little ginger and a little cardamom on each breast, and then I usually fry it in olive oil along with some vegetables. Everything picks up the flavor and it's delicious. (It would probably work with baking and broiling as well.)
Have you used ginger medicinally? How do you get it in your diet? Leave your comments below!
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