Ginger is one of the world’s seven most potent disease-fighting spices. This ginger root is a lovely tasting herb that comes with many important health benefits. Originates from Asian and Indian cultures, it has been used for over 5000 years and is a favorite medicinal as well as culinary herb.
It can be taken as a tea, supplement (mostly available in liquid, dried, oil, capsule form as well as in tablet), or you can cut fresh ginger root and add it to salads, dehydrate it for a healthy snack, or enjoy it with sushi. It has a great tasting flavor that adds some spice to whatever dish you want. Another great way is adding ginger into lemon juice and honey in warm or hot water as a drink.
Several modern research studies have shown that this herb is known to possess medicinal benefits that help in treating several health conditions.
Here are the extraordinary uses for ginger root:
Motion sickness – Ginger has long been used as a home remedy for sea sickness and other forms of motion sickness Modern studies have found that ginger is more effective than a placebo for seasickness, morning sickness and nausea due to chemotherapy.
Morning Sickness – Just like with sea sickness, ginger relieves the symptoms of nausea, dizziness, and vomiting that can come with morning sickness. It is gentle, safe, and effective. In fact, we still use it for this in the form of ginger ale that we often drink when we are feeling sick.
Migraines – Ginger packs powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can help soothe away the migraine pain and lessen the gastrointestinal response to that pain.
Muscle and Joint Pain – Ginger packs and active Gingerols, powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which have been shown to help arthritis sufferers manage their pain. In two clinical studies involving the use of ginger to control pain, it was found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with muscle pain experienced relief when taking ginger.
Cancer – Ginger may also be effective in fighting cancer. Research presented at a major meeting of cancer experts (Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research) showed that it may inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells based on research done with mice at Minnesota’s Hormel Institute. Another study done by Dr. Rebecca Lui at the University of Michigan showed that the active nutrients and ginger can cause ovarian cancer cells to self-destruct.
Cold and Flu – Ginger’s powerful anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties help fight the virus that causes the common cold. It promotes the production of mucus to quiet coughs. Ginger also warms the body and promotes healthy sweating. These are all factors that aid the immune system in removing viral infection.
Allergies – Ginger has some antihistamine properties to mildly reduce the symptoms of allergies without a ton of side effects.
Diabetic Nephropathy — Studies have shown that ginger reduces diabetic nephropathy of the kidneys and improves the blood’s ability to carry antioxidants.
Heartburn – Research have shown that using ginger in moderation eases violent digestion and acid reflux. Ginger is an excellent carminative, which means that it effectively eliminates intestinal gas and it is also an anti-spasmodic.
Menstrual Cramps – Studies have shown that ginger is as effective as ibuprofen at relieving menstrual cramps and pain. It also calms and relieves bloating. This warming herb can also help stimulate circulation and has natural blood thinning properties to ease the discomfort associated with menstruation.
Healthy Digestion — The enzymes in ginger can help aid in digestion and prevent cramping so it is a perfect herb to add to most any dish.
But before trying to use ginger and experience the benefits of this amazing nutritional medicine, consult your doctor for precaution especially if you are pregnant and suffering from acute ulcer.