This is not so much about what Confucius said, it is more about what he did.
It is said that he never ate a meal without the addition of ‘Zingiber Officianale’.
Henry VIII recommended it to keep the plague away.
The Romans and Greeks used it to treat sea-sickness during long voyages.
Indians used it in Ayuverdic concotions.
English taverns in the nineteenth century used it in their beer.
In India, children are given it to guard against whopping cough.
So what is this miracle substance?
This incredible ‘hand’, or root of the Zingiber officinale, is an incredible food with numerous and wonderful healing qualities that have been experienced for at least the last 4400 years, if not longer.
Ginger originates from Southeast Asia, but grows well in multiple climates. It now grows all over Europe, the US, China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and elsewhere.
Full of antioxidants, iron, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, and more, ginger can kill salmonella as well as other undesirable viruses (including the common cold), and clots blood better than onion or garlic while reducing blood coagulation by inhibiting the cell synthesis of thromboxane.
The spice can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, can be used as a drug-free pain killer, helps with stomach ailments, and reduces nausea.
It improves digestion by increasing salivary and stomach secretions.
Japanese biochemists have also proven that ginger is one of many cancer-fighting foods, reducing cell mutation which can lead to cancer.
Another study coming to similar conclusions showed that ginger extract triggered apoptosis of G cells HCT 116 and HT 29 – cancer causing cellular lines.
Ginger can be used in cooking, taken as a supplement, or even consumed in teas or ginger confectionary.
Just a ¼ teaspoon of ginger per serving of cooked foods can deliver a great zing to vegetables or broths for soup and deliver all the powerful medicine that ginger offers to cure multiple ailments.
It is highly recommended to deliver both great taste and overall immune support and to facilitate overall physical well-being.
A powerful and wholly natural ally indeed.
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