Ginger, one of my favorite ingredients, has been used as a natural remedy for over 5000 years! Science is now catching up, and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Unlike most spices, the part that has the most medicinal value grows under ground, the stem.
One of ginger's most prevalent health benefits is its soothing effect on the whole digestive system. In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, ginger is often prescribed to decrease intestinal gas production and to relax the smooth muscles that line the digestive tract. It can help digest fatty foods, is excellent for calming stomach cramps and even diarrhea, relieving nausea, and can even be effective in treating morning and motion sickness.
Ginger is also an excellent aid for symptoms of cold and flu as it helps reduce inflammation. The intake of ginger acts as a natural decongestant and helps stimulate the secretion of mucus from your system, quieting your cough and soothing any scratchiness in your throat. Being a warming herb, it can help knock out a fever too. It’s antihistamine properties aid in the treatment of allergies and associated symptoms.
Real ginger is abundant in natural compounds called Gingerols, which have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Numerous clinical studies have found that ginger can provide significant pain relief to people who suffer with degenerative or rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain in their muscles.
Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed. It has also been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.
To discover the health benefits of ginger for yourself, simply make a tea by steeping about 5 slices of ginger in hot water. You can add lemon and honey to taste. If you prefer it in your food, ginger is excellent in many dishes and is perfect when combined with garlic. Although you can use dried ginger and powdered ginger for health benefits, fresh ginger is definitely preferred.
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