Ginger is a wonderful herb superfood full of health benefits. Spicy aromatic ginger adds a unique flavour to meals and beverages. The many wonderful health benefits of ginger also cause the cells of my body to glow with gratitude.
Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine have used ginger to help cure and prevent health problems for thousands of years. In the west, we are just learning how valuable it is.
“Many studies in cell culture have shown that ginger is an anti-inflammatory,” says researcher Suzanna M. Zick, ND, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.
7 Health Benefit of Ginger
1. Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Scientists put a solution of ginger powder and water on ovarian cancer cells. In all of tests, they found that the cancer cells died from the contact with the ginger solution (the cells committed suicide or they digested themselves).
2. Colon Cancer
3. Morning Sickness and Motion Sickness
Studies in humans have shown that ginger reduces nausea so very helpful for morning sickness. Also, studies at the University of Maryland show that ginger reduces motion sickness. It has been my experience to work very well. I have been very seasick to the point that I was never going to go on a ship again. Then a company I was working for gave me a free 12-day cruise. I went on the cruise and thanks to ginger and fennel I did not get seasick.
4. Migraine Relief
Ginger is known to be helpful in relaxing blood vessels in the head. A study found ginger powder was as effective as Sumatriptan medication in decreasing migraines.
5. Cold and Flu Prevention & Treatment
Chinese herbalists for thousands of years have used ginger as an antihistamine and decongestant which are two main effects of a cold. The University of Maryland Medical Center says ginger is helpful in treating cold and flu symptoms.
6. Prevention of Diabetic Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)
In a study, it was found that ginger extract may be effective for the control of diabetes and be protective for diabetic kidney disease.
7. Reduces Pain and Inflammation
A study published in the National Library of Medicine compared ginger extract to common painkillers and found ginger to be very effective in reducing pain.
“Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic property,” says Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City.
Ginger is one of the Natural anti-inflammatory foods ingredients to add to your diet along with foods such as beets, onions, and flaxseed oil.
Add some ginger into your life!
• Ginger tea made with fresh ginger is delicious, chop up a teaspoon or two or three, and add raw honey.
• Add some ginger to soups and stews.
• Making fresh juice: add some ginger to your juicer.
My Favorite Recipes With Ginger
Creamy Spicy Vegan Chai – this tasty tea is full of ginger and other healing spices.
Peanut Butter Sauce with Ginger – this is for sure very yummy. It is a favourite sauce for my vegetables and grains.
Cranberry Ginger Bars – I have always enjoyed date squares but they are a little too sweet so these cranberry ginger bars are just right. These are also gluten-free.
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