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Functional Food

What is a functional food?

Functional foods are foods that effects its functionality various aspects of the health of the human body. It is not a typical drug or pharmaceutical product, but regular use of functional food in your diet can have preventive and therapeutic effect.

Functional food is originally from Japan, and over time has spread to America and Europe. The term functional food occurs first in Japan in 1980s, the first country to recognise the functional food and is defined as an alternative to medication.

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Ginger in the human diet

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known as a spice. But is also known as a medicine for more than 3000 years. Ginger is grown and used for human consumption and treatment worldwide. Originally from Asia, mostly grown and used in India, and among the better types include ginger from Jamaica, China and Australia.

For many years ginger has been used as culinary ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. Research found that ginger has many concentrated medical substances – vitamins and minerals and most of them are in the root:

  • proteins
  • fibre
  • vegetable fats
  • plant hormones
  • gingerol
  • zingerone
  • enzymes
  • essential oils

What is particularly interesting is that ginger in conjunction with other medicinal plants and drugs significantly increases its beneficial effects.

Applications in dietary

Ginger root is used as condiment to cakes, tea, beer or liquor. As a spice, ginger is specifically used in Indian cooking for making sauces, vegetable dishes, rice dishes, game dishes and various desserts.

Good side of chocolate

The main reason for the benefits of dark chocolate for our health lies in the high level of flavonoids- powerful antioxidants that (in small quantities) can be found in tea, red wine and apples.

Antioxidants are important because they protect cells and tissues from free radicals, unstable molecules that can change and weaken the cells. We can consider them as a kind of insurance policy against damage caused by stress, poor diet and inevitable ageing process.

Dark chocolate also contains significant amounts of two important minerals; magnesium (which is important for energy productions, strong bones, muscle relaxation and the transmission of nerve impulses) and copper (which helps in the production of neurotransmitters and is associated with a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease).

Thus, 40g of dark chocolate contains 15% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium and 34% of the dose of copper.