Dried ginger is the dehydrated form of ginger that has undergone a drying process. Ginger turns pale-white when dried. The unpeeled dried ginger is called Brown Ginger whereas the peeled dried ginger is called Light Ginger. Dried Ginger is available as whole , powdered , bits or in flakes form.
The simplest way to dry ginger is to place it on a plate next to a window that gets a lot of sun for a few days. It is important for the ginger to be completely dry before storing or grinding because any residual moisture could cause mold.
Dry ginger facilitates weight loss by improving digestion, which helps in burning stored fat and processing glucose in the blood. It also speeds up metabolism and controls fat absorption. (1)
Traditionally, dry ginger has also been used for relief for various aches and pains, including menstrual pain. (1)
Dry ginger is an excellent natural remedy for controlling high blood sugar in the body. One can consume up to two grams of ginger powder mixed in warm water with a pinch of salt. (1)
The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals present in ginger root helps in relieving common cold. If you consume it with lukewarm water it is good in treating cold and flu. (2)
Dry ginger powder is said to be effective in combating symptoms of nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women. As it has no side effects, even half a teaspoon of dry ginger powder mixed with honey and warm water can be taken to get relief from morning sickness. (2)
Choose properly dried ginger with white powdery coating on it. Make sure it is firm to touch and not soggy.
Excessive consumption of dried ginger can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and heartburn. It must be avoided by those having bleeding disorders and those taking blood thinning medications. Those who have gallstones must avoid consumption of dried ginger.(3)
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