What Ginger Can Do to Protect Your Brain
Hidden within your kitchen cabinets is a spice that could be beneficial for the incurable malady of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Research published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology suggests the ginger spice may be an effective supplement for AD because its properties help fight the illness in multiple ways. When you factor in its nontoxic nature, you get an agent that could prove valuable in preventing or delaying the development of this feared disorder that plagues so many.
Modern pharmaceuticals prescribed for AD are neurotoxic and are “the equivalent of declaring chemical warfare on the brain,” says Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMediaInfo.com. Fortunately, science is discovering the therapeutic benefits of natural alternatives such as turmeric and coconut oil along with ginger.
Ginger Prevented Cognitive Impairment in Animals
In the recent study, scientists found that supplements of 6-shogaol, a compound in ginger, helped prevent cognitive impairment in animals. The compound hindered the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter needed for memory, sustained attention and other brain functions.
Ginger appears to have no toxic effects when consumed in the recommended doses for medicinal and dietary purposes, the authors said. “In experimental trials, ginger at a dose as high as 2 g daily has been shown to be well tolerated by both experimental animals and humans with occasional reports of mild gastrointestinal complaints,” they add.
Previous research shows ginger improves memory as well as contains antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties that curtail the neurodegeneration characteristic of AD. In addition, a recent study discovered the spice prevented behavioral symptoms typical of the disorder.
Cook With Ginger
The zesty flavor of ginger is delightful any time of year but perhaps it is especially welcome in the fall, when nothing is more appetizing than a steaming bowls of soup. Here is a great recipe for pumpkin bisque provided by Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
Ginger Pumpkin Bisque
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil
- 3/4 cup shallots
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons ginger root, grated
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium, canned
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 15 ounces pumpkin, canned
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ teaspoon dried ground thyme
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ground
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves, ground
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a dutch oven or large pot, heat the walnut oil. Add the shallots, onion, and ginger.
- Cook until tender. Stir in the flour.
- Carefully add the chicken broth and cider. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
- Stir in the pumpkin, maple syrup, bay leaves, dried thyme, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and discard bay leaves. Pour mixture into a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
- Pour pureed soup back into the pot and stir in the Greek yogurt and vanilla until it is thoroughly combined.
- Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh thyme on top if desired.
Nutrients Per Serving (Makes 8 Servings)
Fat: 4.0 g
Saturated Fat: 1.0 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Sodium: 60 mg
Carbohydrates: 7 g
Fiber: 2.4 g
Sugar: 14.2 g
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