Warms, protects and revitalizes
Ginger is one of the spices that are widely used as cooking spices. Not only in cooking, ginger is also widely used as the main ingredient in hot drink dishes, for example only ginger, sekoteng, until ginger milk. In addition, ginger is also often used as traditional medicine. Not only the usual ginger that you often find on the market, but the ubiquitous red ginger.
Red ginger (below) is one of the families of ginger, but has different characteristics with other ginger. Red ginger or Zingiber officinale var. rubrum has a reddish skin with a pink to yellow inside, in contrast to ordinary ginger. The size of red ginger is also smaller than the usual ginger. Not only that, the content and taste are different. This type of ginger has a more bitter and spicy flavor than ginger usually.
Red ginger is found growing in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. Many people use ginger as a traditional medicine to cure various diseases. The content in ginger is very much, like gingerol, flavonoids, antibacterial agents, anti-inflammatory agents, and others, can have a positive impact on health.
Some of the main benefits of red ginger are:
Prevents digestive problems
Red ginger oil extract can protect your digestive system from bacteria, thus preventing you from digestive problems, such as stomach aches. Antibacterial agents in ginger can fight bad bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella enteriditis, and Staphylococcus aureus.
When added to food, ginger can be used as a natural preservative and can prevent you from food poisoning due to bacteria. Not only that, the warmth given by ginger can also calm your digestion. The warmth given by ginger is also widely used to treat colds and colds.
Helps to overcome muscle inflammation
Various ingredients in ginger can act as an anti-inflammatory that can help you fight acute and chronic inflammation. Active components in ginger, such as gingerol, gingerdione, and zingeron can inhibit the enzymes cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase.
So that it can reduce leukotrienes and prostaglandins as a trigger for inflammation. Red ginger also contains higher oleoresin than other ginger, where oleoresin can also work as an anti-inflammatory.
Several studies have been conducted to prove the effect of ginger on inflammation. A study conducted on sepak takraw athletes proves that giving ginger extract for 10 days can reduce muscle pain in sepak takraw athletes. Other studies published by the American College of Rheumatology also prove that ginger extract can help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, such as muscle aches.
Helps increase male fertility
Ginger contains antioxidants and has androgenic activity. Thus, in several studies it was found that ginger can increase the amount of testosterone so that it can increase male fertility.
In a study conducted on rats showed that the administration of ginger extract combined with zinc minerals in male albino rats can increase testosterone, sperm count, and sperm quality in rats. Thus, this can improve testicular function in mice. Even so, further research is still needed to strengthen this finding.
The therapeutic properties of red ginger are numerous. Here are other benefits that can be expected from red ginger:
1. Overcoming rheumatism
Red ginger can reduce pain and reduce swelling on its own. Rheumatic disease or gout can be cured by using red ginger. How to use is very easy, boil some red ginger rhizome with temu lawak, cat whiskers, chilli Java, and komfrey leaves, then boiled water taken twice a day.
2. Heals cough
The benefits of red ginger for cough is that it not only relieves it but also heal the causes. In addition to overcoming cough, red ginger can also overcome strep throat. The nature of the warm red ginger is what can help cure cough and sore throat.
3. Lowering cholesterol levels in the blood
red ginger is very useful to get rid of toxins in the body, one of which is bad cholesterol in the blood. Bad cholesterol in the blood will block blood flow. One of the benefits of red ginger is the accelerating the circulation of blood and indirectly bad cholesterol in the body will be destroyed.
4. Eliminate acne
Not only for health, red ginger is also very useful for beauty. One of the benefits of red ginger is that it can eliminate acne. To get rid of acne by using red ginger is very easy. Use red ginger that has been cleansed for facial massage until the liquid oil oozes over the face and then cover the entire face with slices of red ginger.
5. Relieves headaches
To relieve headache with red ginger. Smelling the aroma of red ginger that has been cut into pieces. Apply some oil over the temples.
6. Helps diet
Other benefits of red ginger that can help the diet. Benefits of red ginger for this diet you can get by drinking red ginger water regularly. Red ginger can help burn fat in the stomach and reduce appetite.
Ginger is very beneficial, but it should be noted that patients with acute ulcer, red ginger should not be consumed excessively. The content in red ginger is very strong and can cause the stomach to burn.
100% Indonesian red ginger powder
1 to 2 tablespoon a day, mix with warm/hot water, add honey if needed.