Ginger packs a punch – both in terms of flavor and nutritional clout. This lumpy root may look humble, but underneath its rough skin is a superfood like no other. Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic and loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients, the list of medicinal properties go on and on. No wonder ginger has become such a culinary staple across the globe.
Cold and Flu Prevention
Used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu across Asia, ginger’s effectiveness in battling these pesky viruses has been backed by scientific studies. In 2013, research published in the The Journal of Ethnopharmacology revealed that fresh ginger is effective against human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) infections – a virus responsible for the common cold. So as soon as you feel a cold coming on, remember to reach for the ginger tea.