Ginger juice is a great thing to add to your diet. It adds a lot of flavors, but it is also very healthy.
I was actually inspired to write this blog post after I just had a glass of ginger juice. It was surprisingly refreshing. It was fantastic! That’s why I was so excited to try it in my home when I returned. So I made mine with ginger (which is an excellent anti-inflammatory) and, of course, lemon juice. I’m sure this will be my favorite drink this summer.
Many people nowadays are juicing and getting healthy because the juice is packed full of nutrition, leaving you feeling fuller longer. Fruit juices are delicious, but they’re high in sugar; therefore, drinking ginger juice is better. Ginger juices don’t taste as nice as fruit juices but have a strong flavor, but they can be great if you know how to make them.
When juicing or looking for information on juicing, you probably have come across Ginger juice, so I figured what better way to tell about it than to talk about my experience with it.
Ginger juice has a strong taste that has wonderful health benefits for your body. But before we dive into the benefits or what ginger juice is all about, we will first identify where we can get the juice from.
What Is Ginger?
The plant is a herbaceous perennial (herbaceous meaning that its stems have no wood but grow to their full height while producing flowers within one year; dies during the winter season, then blossoms again during spring.
Perennial defines the lifespan of the plant, where a plant lives for more than two years) that are considered to have pseudostems- trundled bases of leaves that look like stems- which grow to one meter with long narrow leaves.
It is believed that ginger’s origin is from Southeast Asia, but presently it is grown globally. So if you’re from the Caribbean, this plant shouldn’t be new to you- we all must have a story told or a relative that told us about using ginger to ‘feel better.
Fresh Ginger Juice
If your stomach hurts -“Drink some ginger tea .”Said you had a headache? “Drink some ginger tea!” Jamaicans pronounce it as ginja, so they’d say, “drink some ginja tea!” Though in those cases, it helped, but sometimes you heard of some folklore medicinal uses of ginger. Folklore because it hasn’t been proven scientifically.
But what you will find is that ginger has amazing health benefits and is ranked among the healthiest and most delicious spices in the world.
Ginger (the rhizome) has several small protrusions called knobs (like fingers) that is a light brown color with thin lines on its smooth skin, while its inside is of a light- yellow color with a nice scent.
The rhizome of ginger is sometimes mixed up with turmeric, but that’s because it looks similar and is from the same family- Zingiberaceae.
For simplicity, you will find that ginger’s rhizome will be called ginger without specification throughout the remainder of this article. As mentioned earlier, the rhizome is mostly used and not the pseudostem or leaves of the plant-although the leaves and ‘stems’ are edible.
What Is Ginger Used For?
Ginger is mostly used as a spice (in the form of a flavoring agent) in many dishes, for medicinal uses, fragrance in soaps and cosmetics, and even as a beverage.
Fresh vs. Ground Ginger
Fresh ginger is the raw ginger root, while ground ginger is usually the powder form of ginger. Ground ginger is usually used in desserts, other baking products, or teabags.
What Is Ginger Juice?
Ginger juice is the liquid obtained from ginger via juicing with a juicer, blending or juicing the grated ginger. It’s actually quick and easy to do, and a big plus is it’s very nutritious, and if done right (not too potent), it is delicious.
Why Do You Like This Ginger Juice?
- It’s quick. Making ginger juice isn’t difficult; put all ingredients into a blender and blend well. Additionally, it will be fresher.
- It is versatile: You are allowed to modify whatever you want.
- It is a healthy and detox
- It is budget-friendly.
Ginger Juice Ingredients
- 4 cups filtered water, or coconut water
- 1 cup ginger
- 1 medium lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup to sweeten to taste
How To Make Ginger Juice?
You can grate fresh ginger, slice it to blend, or place the cut pieces into a juicer. This article will direct you on how to blend and grate ginger to get a natural homemade ginger juice.
- Ensure that you wash the ginger(s) thoroughly. This is dependent on the amount you want. Hence, use moderately. For one glass full or a bit, overuse approximately 1 or 1 ½ knob of ginger. This, when chopped up, is ¼ cup if it is 4 inches or less.
- Dice or slice up the ginger.
- Add 1 cup or 1 ¼ cup of water or coconut water (for more flavor) to a clean Blender.
- Add the sliced or diced ginger pieces into the blender. Securely place the lid back on.
- Blend for approximately 1 minute.
- Remove the blender’s lid and strain with a strainer/sieve into a container. Squeeze any excess juice remaining, then discard the residue or put it aside for further usage at another time.
- This step is optional- add about two tablespoons of your favorite sweetener and stir. This reduces some of the harshness or potency of ginger’s flavor. Then, you can put the juice to refrigerate while you wash up.
- Pour the liquid into a glass, and bon appétit!
- Wash the amount of ginger you will be using. Remember, one 4-inch knob of ginger can be used for 1 glass of ginger juice.
- Get a clean container or bowl (that is wide enough) and a clean grater.
- Ensure that the grater is within the bowl or container and start grating the knobs of ginger.
- Use 1 cup of water or coconut water and pour it into the bowl with the grated ginger. To get some of the residues of the ginger off the grater, pour some of the water on it over the bowl, after placing the grater in the sink to wash.
- Gently squeeze the grated ginger with your fingers in the bowl for a few minutes. In other words, just manually, the process of ‘juicing’ has started.
- Strain with a strainer or sieve into a clean container.
- This step is optional- Sweeten with sugar or honey (vegan or regular) and stir.
- Pour the juice into a clean glass.
- Wash your hands and the utensils used, then enjoy! You can put in ice cubes if you desire! Or just refrigerate to cool for a few minutes.
The Juicing Method:
It is quite easy if you’re using a juicer. Just cut the ginger knobs into half or slices, then place them into the juicer, and it will do the rest.
Be reminded to add some water or coconut water to the extract because it will be very harsh/potent. Enjoy your fresh ginger homemade juice! Just don’t forget to clean up, especially avoid using your hands near your eyes during the process. It will burn! Therefore, wash thoroughly after you are finished.
How To Drink Ginger Juice?
Dilute ginger juice with water or coconut water, sweeten to taste. You can warm your juice up and drink it as tea or serve it with ice and drink it cold.
How To Store Ginger Juice?
Store ginger juice in a Glass Container with a tight lid for about 5-7 days.
Make ice cubes out of ginger juice you have leftover. They’re a great way to spice up water and cocktails.
- You can drink the juice straight or add a little honey to it when it has been juiced.
- It can also be combined with other fresh juices, like beetroot and Carrot Juice.
- It’s recommended that you consume 30ml of ginger juice every day if you’re drinking it straight.
- Handle the ginger with caution. It may taint your skin, so avoid rubbing your eyes when working with it.
- If you use the blender method, you can lightly boil the juice to reduce the amount of water and obtain a richer flavor (between 30 to 40 minutes usually). However, the nutritional value of the food would be affected.
- For an extra flavor boost, coconut water is best instead of regular water in the blender.
- Whatever sweetener you want can be used in this recipe instead of maple syrup!
- Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices.
- For green color, utilize any leafy greens that you have on hand, while spinach is the greatest option for beginners due to its mild flavor.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Ginger Juice?
You’ve probably wondered what the hype about ginger is? Well, ginger has many nutrients and compounds that are good for your body’s health. These include gingerol, iron, macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat), magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B9 (Folate), Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) and zinc.
Ginger has a long history of usage in traditional and complementary medicine. To mention a few of its uses, it’s been used to assist digestion, relieve nausea, and combat the flu and colds.
The natural oils in ginger, gingerol’s most prominent of which give it its distinct aroma and flavor.
The main bioactive ingredient in ginger is gingerol. It’s responsible for a lot of the therapeutic benefits of ginger, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.
By drinking ginger juice, you may find that it:
Ginger has anti-inflammatory characteristics that may ease joint pain caused by inflammation due to arthritis. It may also relieve pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Controls High Blood Pressure
Many health sources and professionals suggest that a chemical molecule in ginger helps to lower blood pressure. It also aids in the reduction of bad cholesterol in the body, which is linked to heart disease.
Reduces High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)
Ginger is well-known for its ability to lower blood sugar levels naturally. The gingerol, magnesium, and other compounds help regulate the amount of insulin in the blood.
Help In Weight Loss
Ginger has been shown to aid weight loss in both humans and animals in studies.
According to a 2019 literature analysis, ginger supplementation significantly reduced body weight, hip ratio, and waist-hip ratio in people who were overweight or obese.
According to a 2016 research on 80 obese women, ginger may also assist in lowering BMI and blood insulin levels. Obesity is associated with elevated blood insulin levels.
Ginger’s potential to help people lose weight could be attributable to a number of causes, such as its ability to assist in calorie burning or reduce inflammation.
Improve Immune Function
Ginger’s ability to stop chronic inflammation and damage caused by oxidation improves the immune system’s overall ability to work. As a result, the spice may boost the immune system’s response to invading microorganisms and help avoid infection, reducing disease rates.
Nausea And Indigestion Relief
Ginger has a long history of being used to soothe upset stomachs. Ginger compounds, such as 6-shogaol, have been demonstrated to alleviate nausea by slowing down the stomach’s emptying pace and promoting hormone release to relieve digestive discomfort.
Reliever Of Pain
It’s possible you’ve already heard it. The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of ginger juice are well-known. Do you have a toothache? A little piece of ginger kept between your tooth and cheek, and allow the natural juices to do the work. Back pain can be relieved by massaging your skin with a mixture of ginger juice and olive oil.
- Aids in relieving menstrual cramps.
- Prevents cold and flu.
- Reduces the risk of cancer- Due to gingerol properties.
- Assists in fighting infections (mainly due to gingerol).
- May lower cholesterol.
- It may improve brain function.
What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Water?
Young coconuts provide a watery liquid known as coconut water. You’ll find more meat as the coconut matures. It’s rich in a variety of minerals, including potassium, salt, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium, as well as Vitamin C, several B vitamins, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
Coconut water is often lauded as a fantastic sports drink, and this is undoubtedly true. While some research has shown that coconut water is just as effective as typical electrolyte beverages and water in replacing fluids after exercise, others have demonstrated that it is the more tolerable option. When all else is equal, why not choose the option that will not cause a stomachache? Apart from post-workout, coconut water can aid in the replacement of fluids lost due to diarrhea.
Other health benefits of coconut water include:
- Improve Heart Health: The study shows that the participants who drank coconut water decreased in blood pressure after drinking coconut water or mauby (a tree-bark beverage).
- Control Blood Sugar: Coconut water has been shown in animal experiments to lower blood sugar and prevent hyperglycemia.
- Alzheimer’s: The study on animals shows that young coconut juice could have estrogenic effects. It found that coconut water could help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s in women who are menopausal and that it could also help them stay healthy too.
- Anti-Viral: Coconuts have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal qualities, making them excellent disease preventatives.
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is the Taste of Ginger?
Ground ginger preserves some of the pepper heat and sweetness of fresh ginger root, but it has a considerably milder flavor. If you go for high-quality ground ginger, the taste may be more powerful and similar to fresh ginger.
Ginger teas are frequently made with fresh ginger, which has a peppery flavor. On the other hand, cooked or roasted ginger tastes warm and mellow.
How Much Ginger Do I Need To Drink?
In general, limit yourself to 4-5 tablespoons of ginger juice each day, whether blended with water or not. This will maintain your ginger intake within the range recommended by experts. (Source)
Does Ginger Need to Be Peeled Before Juicing?
It’s optional. You can if you want. However, although the skin of ginger is edible and not usually harmful, it does develop a bitter taste over time, which could have a significant impact on our homemade juice.
Who Should Avoid Ginger?
Certain medical issues may preclude you from using ginger. For example, if you have a bleeding and blood clotting disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition, consult your doctor or other healthcare practitioners to see if using this medication is safe for you.
Is Ginger Sweet Or Spicy?
Fresh ginger has a strong and spicy scent as well as a somewhat peppery and sweet flavor. Fresh ginger, like garlic, softens when cooked and becomes bitter when burned. The ground version has a milder flavor but a warming bite and a hint of sweetness.
Is Coconut Water Ok For Juice Making?
In coconut water, you’ll find a type of antioxidant called Plant Polyphenols. Five electrolytes are naturally present in coconut water: potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorus.
Is It Safe To Use Coconut Water On A Daily Basis?
Is there any danger in consuming coconut water on a daily basis? You might be wondering if drinking coconut water on a daily basis is beneficial or not. Coconut water is usually deemed safe to drink by people and provides a nice supply of natural electrolytes.
What Are the Other Ways To Use Ginger Juice?
To incorporate all of the flavor and health advantages of this amazing root into your daily routine, do the following:
- Take a shot of ginger.
- Add to a smoothie
- Ginger kombucha is a good choice.
- Add into soups
- Serving warm with lemon, hot water, and maple syrup
- Infuse your water with spice.
- Make a spicy cocktail or mocktail.
- Make a detox drink.
- Make lemonade with ginger.
- Toss into marinades like this Baked Tofu with Ginger Glaze
Recipes With Ginger
- Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
- Carrot Cake Donuts With Ginger
- Sorrel Drink
- Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce
So, that was fun, right? You now know more about ginger and how to make ginger juice! So, don’t be stingy and share with your friends and family!
However, a disclaimer is not to consume too much ginger/ginger juice, or it will cause adverse reactions- for example, diarrhea or stomach pain. In addition, persons with cholelithiasis (gallstones) should consult their doctor before using or drinking it. So stay safe, and until next time, Bon Appétit!
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- Energy: 105 kcal / 439 kJ
- Fat: 1.4 g
- Protein: 2.1 g
- Carbs: 23.4 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- For: 4 Servings
- Scrub the ginger roots properly, you can leave the skin on or peel
- In a high-speed blender jug, pour water.
- Add ginger and lemon juice.
- Start the blender and process until you get a smooth texture.
- Strain juice using a fine sieve, nut milk bag, or tea towel, to strain the juice.
- Pour the juice into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- To serve, pour 1/4 cup of ginger juice in a glass. Add 1 cup of water and sweeten with your favorite sweetener to taste