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    Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to all the dishes it has been added to. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused tea is a household favorite, and is grandma’s choice of medicine to battle cold and flu. Available round the year, ginger has tremendous benefits including Gastrointestinal Relief, Anti-Inflammatory Effects and Immune Boosting Action to name a few.

    Eating fresh ginger just before lunch helps to fire up the digestive juices and makes you feel hungry. Ginger helps in releiving cold and flu, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time. In fact, Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols which is said to help in reducing arthritis and other related joint pains. Other uses include pain relief from muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.

    Choose fresh ginger over the dried form of the spice since it is not only superior in flavor but contains higher levels of gingerol. Purchase fresh ginger root, make sure it is firm, smooth and free of mold. Fresh ginger can be stored in the fridge for up to three weeks or up to six months if stored in the freezer - unpeeled