GIN­GER

Women's Health (UK) - - EAT SMART -

WHAT IS IT? A rhi­zome – a stem that grows un­der­ground WHERE IS IT FOUND?

South­east Asia

BEST FOR: Boost­ing di­ges­tion.

‘Gin­ger is a sial­a­gogue herb, which means it makes you sali­vate, help­ing you to break down food in this first stage of di­ges­tion, which is of­ten missed when you’re eat­ing on the go,’ says Lan­don.

And that’s not all this lovely lit­tle root is good for. One study* found that gin­ger ex­tract boosts at­ten­tion span and cog­ni­tive func­tion, mak­ing it a po­ten­tial brain tonic, too.

HOW TO TAKE IT: Blitz in a smoothie: juice three ap­ples, two sticks of cel­ery, some pars­ley and a thumb­sized piece of gin­ger.

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