Yes, it’s true: our very own Japanese Izakaya restaurant is now serving one of Asia’s favourite superfoods in its purest form, bringing you health benefits you can’t even imagine! Ground down into a shot, this wonder drink is a quick and delicious way of kick starting your body, specifically targeting your digestion.
So, what is so good about ginger and our new cleansing shot?
The Benefits of Ginger
The real question is ‘what isn’t a benefit of ginger?’ As well as acting as a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, this golden spice can also prevent blood clotting and boost your overall immunity.
Let’s take a closer look at those ‘super powers’ it truly has:
Digestion – Ginger is packed with phenolic compounds, which means it is great for encouraging smooth digestion. Basically, it aids the breakdown and movement of foods and fluid through the gastrointestinal tract and relieves any irritation your body might normally go through, making it easier and more comfortable to digest your food.
So, if you’re bloated, constipated or are struggling with any other digestive problems, come visit us at Fuzen for a shot of liquid gold!
Bacterial Infections – From working in an office to traveling via public transport each day, it’s impossible to avoid germs. Introducing ginger to your diet is a natural and effective way to combat common bacterial infections that you come face to face with each day.
According to a recent study, it is perfect for encouraging your body to build a strong immune system to common bacterial infections. By warming up your body, the toxins in your system are broken down more effectively, making you less susceptible to infections.
Muscle Pain – Yep, that’s right: say goodbye to aching post gym muscles with a shot of pure ginger.
Now, we’re not saying you can stop cooling down and stretching after your workouts, but we are saying that having a daily boost of ginger can reduce exercise-induced pain by up to 25%!
This is because it is packed with antioxidants and pain relieving compounds that, unlike pain relief medicines, target muscle pain the day after the workout when you are most likely to feel stiff.
Stroke and Heart Disease – Just like many other superfoods, ginger has amazing anti-blood clotting qualities. This means that, if introduced to your diet correctly, it could help battle serious health problems like heart attacks and strokes.
Now you know why you should be introducing it to your diet, let’s find out how…
How to Use Ginger
Firstly, consuming ginger in its purest form is going to give you a higher chance of reaping its benefits, but you can also buy it as an oil, tea, pickle or powder.
Here at Fuzen, we grind fresh, pure ginger down into a powder and serve it as a shot; giving you access to all of its amazing health benefits.
However, if you want to use it at home, consider one of these preparation techniques:
- Blitz the fresh spice into your breakfast smoothie
- Peel and allow to infuse in boiled water for tea; add honey to sweeten or lemon if you prefer a sharper taste
- Add ground or dried versions of the spice to curries, broths and stir-frys for a delicious and nutritional twist
Are there any Negatives to Ginger?
These benefits have been around for years; with Asia swearing by them and recent studies backing them, however, nothing has been categorically proven.
As with everything, ginger may affect you in different ways to your friends and family, so please seek advice from your doctor before you increase your consumption of ginger.
We’d love to hear your favourite ginger recipe – let us know in the comments below.