I’ve been adding fresh ground ginger into the bird’s food for years. For one thing, I happen to like the way it smells. And my Greys seem to like the tangy and appealing taste. Ginger seems to develop the other flavors in their Chop and make those other flavors more distinct. It adds a snappiness to the food but there’s more to ginger than just the taste.
I believe in preparing visually appealing as well as tasty food for my small flock of Greys because they deserve something in their bowls that isn’t just a run-of-the-mill meal that they could take or leave.
If it is appealing they are more likely to eat it which keeps them healthy.
Color, taste, texture and flavor should always be taken into consideration when preparing their food because these are some discerning little guys and as you know, they tend to get pretty picky now and then.
Fresh ginger is a pretty nice root vegetable to have in your refrigerator. It has become very easy to find and you can even find organic ginger in some grocery stores if feeding organically is important to you.
All About The Ginger Plant
The ginger plant is a very old and almost revered one and it’s used often in Southeast Asian cooking but it has spread worldwide and is used in both savory and sweet foods. The root is the part of the plant that is used in cooking and it has a rather sturdy “wood-like” texture. Yet it is juicy at the same time. There really isn’t another food with the astringent and snappy flavor of ginger.
In Asia, it is considered a medicinal ingredient. “Medicinal Foods’ have become quite popular recently as scientific studies on different foods have revealed many benefits of consuming them. Studies on ginger have discovered that the active ingredient “gingerol” is not only an antioxidant but an anti-inflammatory found to be very effective in many physical problems.
But the standout benefit is that it has known anti-nausea properties.
Did you ever get nauseous when you were a kid and you were told to drink lukewarm ginger ale to take away that nauseous feeling? Yes, that is the gingerol at work calming your stomach. It has also found to work as an antidote for seasickness and other forms of motion sickness.
But there’s more to it than just the anti-nausea effect. In older patients, ginger root was found to work in lowering levels of osteoarthritis pain. Clinical studies revealed that joint pain was reduced significantly which makes sense due to the anti-inflammatory properties it contains. It turns out that the active ingredient in ginger root, something called 6-gingerol inhibits the production of nitric oxide, a very reactive molecule the form s a very damaging free radical.
Healing Properties of Ginger
Double-blind studies were conducted with patients being treated for joint pain and ginger root not only decreased the pain, it reduced the swelling that occurred along with the pain.
Due to these studies, the scientific work has awakened to the positive effects of ginger in diets, especially for people with arthritis as well as pregnant women with morning sickness and those suffering from migraine headaches.
As you can see, the Asian countries were right all along about the entire “Food As Medicine” approach to feeding their families. They may not have known about the actual scientific properties of these foods including ginger a thousand years ago. But they were certainly correct about the effects it had in their lives.
So you might want to think about adding fresh ginger root to your bird’s diet, especially if they are older birds with joint problems or appear to be suffering the effects of arthritis.
As you can see, ginger is not only a great-tasting and appealing root to grind up and add to their Chop or Grain Bake, it might have some appealing properties that may make your older bird’s life a little more comfortable and add a wonderful taste to their dinner.