Lesson no. 15: GINGER (الزنجبيل).

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Names:-

1. It is called as Zanjabeel (الزنجبيل) in Quran & Hadis.
2. In Arabic it is called as Zanjfil.
3. In English it is called Ginger.
4. Its Latin name is Zinger officinale.
5. In Hindi & Urdu it is called as Adrak.
6. In Gujrati it is called as Adu.
7. In Sanskrit it is called as Ada.

Quranic reference of ginger:-

1. Chapter (Sura) Dahr verse no. 17. (In it, it is mentioned that Allah's people will be given a preparation, mixed with Zanjabeel (الزنجبيل) (ginger) in Jannah (paradise).

Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم's guidance about ginger: -

Ginger pickle as a gift: -

1. Hazrat Abu Saeed Al khudri رضي الله عنه says that, the king of Rome, Byzantine sent to Nabiﷺ a jar of ginger (الزنجبيل) pickle, as a gift (hadiya). Nabiﷺ accepted the pickle, and gave it little-little to each person, even Abu Saeed رضي الله عنه got some.
[Abu Nu-aim: 161]􀀃

Part to be used is:- Root.

How to use:-

1. In food, pickle.
2. Tea, soup & in dishes.
3. In milk.
4. Chatni, Sweets, Vinegar & soups.
5. Dry powder of ginger can also be used.
6. Its juice can be used with honey, apple juice etc to reduce cholesterol.
7. but use in mild quantity.
8. Paste of it can be used on pain region, lesions etc.
9. Dry powder of ginger can be applied on fruits, in cold season, in cough and cold.

Content of it: -

Carbohydrates, sugars, fibers, protein, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium, volatile oils, sulphur Etc.

Scientific benefits of ginger: -

1. Increases digestion, removes gases & blocks.
2. Good in cold & cough, fever, infection, throat infection, sinus, eye diseases.
3. Increases sex drives and semen production.
4. Reduces cholesterol and triglyceride.
5. Increases urine output, reduces stomach pain.
6. Helpful in bronchitis, increases appetite.
7. Removes stomach diseases.
8. Purifies and strengthens the body.
9. Regulates menstrual cycle.
10. Add taste in food.
11. Helpful in sore throat
12. Best used is in winter season.

Science & Hadees regarding Ginger: -

1. Quran mentions ginger as one of the drinks of Paradise. The modern name, “ginger,” comes from the Arabic root, “zindshebil,” and as centuries have passed, we have discovered the amazing and miraculous healing properties of ginger. Ginger is one of the best known treatments and is the classic medicine for dealing with many digestive disorders. Ginger promotes digestive and metabolism, which promotes digestive heat burning toxins, removes and lowers cholesterol deposits, as well as boosts the metabolism. 
2. Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aids the digestion process and prevents cramps; this explains why ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal. Ginger is also particularly helpful when suffering from constipation.
  3. Nausea and vomiting can be a problem when travelling (motion or seasickness), morning sickness during pregnancy, or while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Ginger is known to relax and soothe the intestinal tract and alleviates symptoms of gastrointestinal stress.
4. By a study, it is effective as an anti-emetic (to stop vomiting) Ginger was put up against Dramamine, the most commonly used over the counter medication for motion-induced nausea. Ginger was not only more effective than the drug, but also showed no side effects compared to the drug. According to the American Cancer Society, ginger has been promoted as a cancer treatment "to keep tumors from developing.
5. The characteristic odour and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of zingerone, shogaols, and gingerols, volatile oils that compose one to three percent of the weight of fresh ginger. In laboratory animals, the gingerols increase the motility of the  gastrointestinal tract and have analgesic, sedative, antipyretic & anti-bacterial properties. Gingerols can inhibit growth of  ovarian cancer cells in vitro -gingerol (1-[4'-hydroxy-3'-methoxyphenyl]-5-hydroxy-3-decanone) is the major pungent principle of ginger.
Food for the brain: -
As a mood enhancer (ginger’s cineole) content may help to relief stress and dried ginger may improve poor memory (using 1 gram and powder in warm milk). Research shows that ginger can reverse the damaging side effects (headaches, migraines, eye damage, fatigue, drowsiness, depression, numbness, muscle spasms, nausea, rashes, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, etc) that Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a common food additive, has on vital dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters responsible for proper brain function and ginger helps to maintain this neurotransmitters (chemical of brain).

Conclusion of Hadees: -

We are allowed to eat ginger. This lesson has 1 Hadees.