Outside of America, ginger root has served medicinal purposes around the world for thousands of years. It has been shown to reduce motion sickness and nausea, treat cold and flu symptoms, increase circulation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and minimize inflammation. The analgesic properties of ginger root make it a great natural remedy for migraine suffers, while its anti-inflammatory compounds may provide relief for those experiencing pain and swelling from arthritis. For those reasons and more, this week’s 52 Week Be Better Challenge it to incorporate ginger root into your diet!
Ginger root can be found year round in the produce section of your grocery store. Keep in mind that as a root vegetable (like beets and carrots), ginger has a higher exposure to chemicals and fertilizers so buying organic is recommended. Look for pieces that are firm and smooth, with a pleasant, detectable aroma. They should feel fairly heavy for their size. Fresh ginger with its skin still on can last for up to three weeks in your refrigerator – it’s as easy as putting the tuber in a plastic bag, and placing it in your crisper. If you find that you bought too much, don’t worry! You can tightly wrap the leftover ginger root and freeze it for up to two months.