I am a self-confessed coffee lover and have experimented a lot with different ingredients to enhance the taste of the brew. Never have I imagined or thought of trying a combination of coffee with ginger till I stumbled across an article recommending this drink!
Coffee is known for a rich presence of antioxidants which helps in reducing the risk of incurring any major diseases. Ginger, on the other hand, flaunts benefits of high medicinal value and is highly revered as a digestive or a cough and flu savior.
So just imagine when these two readily available and extremely beneficial household items are married together, we get a very powerful combination replete with health benefits.
Need a reason to try coffee with ginger? Well, I will give you ten!
Coffee with Ginger- A Tale of Two Antioxidants
Coffee is prepared by roasting coffee beans to varying degrees depending on the flavor that is required. It is richly laden with caffeine which is responsible for inducing stimulating burst of energy on consumption.
The discovery of coffee can be attributed to many stakeholders but there is an interesting story that I came across regarding its discovery. According to the folklore, during the 9th century, Kaldi, an Ethiopian goatherd, discovered coffee by chance when he realized how energized and excited his goats became when they chewed coffee beans from a nearby coffee plant.
I can relate to the goats in the story as it is coffee that keeps me going throughout the day.
The presence of antioxidants in coffee makes it a potent ingredient that can help in reducing the risk of many ailments.
- It helps in lowering the risk of Parkinson's disease
- It helps in reducing the risk of heart diseases
- It aids in lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- It helps in burning fat which is stubbornly refusing to go from the body
Now let's talk about the other antioxidant which I have known right from my childhood - ginger.
Whenever I used to suffer from a cold or sore throat, my mother always rushed to make a concoction of warm water, ginger paste and honey. This combination had a magical effect in soothing my throat. Now I have the habit of having ginger tea before dinner which is the same as what my mother used to prepare except with the addition of lemon.
Ginger is held in high esteem in the world of Ayurveda.
- It aids in digestion
- It helps in relieving bloated stomach
- It has a soothing effect during cold and flu
- It helps in burning fat
- It helps in improving cardiovascular health
- It has anti-cancerous properties
Now What Happens When These Two Powerhouses Are Combined?
Interestingly, ginger coffee is not a new phenomenon. It has been consumed by Tamil households for centuries and they can't stop gushing about its medicinal properties.
Before I delve into what are the awesome benefits of coffee with ginger, I will give you a sneak peek into its preparation strategy which I tried myself.
All I did was:
- Boil a cup of water
- Add grated or crystallized ginger into the boiling water and let it boil for 5 minutes
- Add half teaspoon coffee powder to the mixture and let it boil for an additional 4 minutes
- Switch off the heat, strain the mixture and add honey for taste
Studies have shown that combining coffee with ginger has resulted in chemical interaction of their antiradical phytochemicals which alters the antioxidant properties of coffee thereby enhancing its effect. No wonder their combination proves to have rich nutritional and medicinal value for the human body even though coffee with ginger sounds bizarre and untried.
Here is a list of 10 Benefits Of Coffee With Ginger:
1. Relief from Cold and Flu
This magical decoction, when taken early morning and evening, will relieve you of any cold and flu. It is loaded with rich antioxidants and antibacterial elements that are known for reducing stress and damage to the structure of DNA. This factor helps in improving respiratory health and gives a soothing effect to the pharyngeal lining.
2. Helps in better digestion
Coffee with ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which help in relieving bloated stomach and aids in better digestion. It also assists in removing gas from the stomach and intestines.
3. Anti-Aging Properties
It helps in preventing skin cell damage due to the reaction of free radicals. Thanks to the presence of antioxidants, this drink helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin thereby preventing premature aging.
4. Reduces the Risk of Type-2 Diabetes
The presence of caffeine and ginger helps in reducing blood sugar or glucose level in the body thereby regulating insulin storage. Coffee tinged with ginger affects the insulin sensitivity of the body and enhances the lipid profiles.
5. Maintains the Right Level of Cholesterol in the Body
A study conducted during 2014 showed that ginger can help in lowering the total triglycerides and cholesterol levels in the body. A 2008 study showed that ginger assists in reducing the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and also enhances the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. Hence a cup of coffee laced with ginger can work wonders in maintaining your cholesterol levels.
6. Keeps You Warm During Winter
This healthy concoction acts as a boon during winter and will keep you warm. It improves the blood circulation of the body, thereby keeping the winter chills at bay.
7. Improves Skin Tone and Prevents Skin Irritation and Rashes
The antioxidants present in ginger coffee helps in absorbing the right minerals in the intestines which in turn aids in the removal of toxins from the body. Also, its antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties prevent skin cell damage done by free radicals and unstable molecules. This improves skin tone and removes skin rashes.
8. Aids in Relieving Congestion and has Anti-Nausea Properties
A good mixture of ginger and powered coffee helps in clearing the nasal passage by removing the excess mucous. It also prevents nausea and gastritis.
9. Anti-Cancerous Properties
The presence of free radicals and certain unstable molecules in our body aids substantial cell damage which might lead to cancer. The presence of nearly 40 or more varieties of antioxidants in coffee and ginger helps in stabilizing the free radicals which might have caused some cell damage. This helps in preventing the formation of cancer cells to a certain extent.
10. Helps in Burning Fat and Weight Reduction
I am sure this will be a welcome point for many readers. Yes, the powerful combination of coffee with ginger helps in weight loss management. Coffee helps in burning brown fat and ensures faster metabolism in the body.
Ginger, on the other hand, stimulates and aids in faster digestion. Together, ginger coffee helps in getting rid of stubborn body fat. I would like to personally recommend the readers to try coffee with dry ginger powder and add other healthy additives like cinnamon powder, tulsi (basil leaves) and black pepper to enhance the medicinal value of this amazing drink.