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Discover the amazing health Benefits of Ginger. The herb is often used in many kinds of Indian and Asian foods. It has also been used for many medical purposes for centuries. Ginger has been known to assist with all sorts of problems.

These problems include: pain, lack of appetite, nausea and motion sickness. The stem of ginger can be consumed in many different ways.

These include: oil, juice, dried spice, fresh or powdered. Turmeric and Cardamom are the two spices that appear alongside of ginger. Ginger first made its appearance in the western parts of the world about 2000 years ago. It first arrived in this part of the world as a imported preserver.

Common Names: Ginger, Ginger Root

Scientific Name of Ginger: Zingiber officinale

Habitat: India(1)http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:798372-1

In this article, we will now have a look at some of the health benefits of ginger. You may be surprised to learn just how many health benefits ginger has!

Health Benefits of Ginger

There have been many studies(2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775 that have shown that ginger can decrease the chance of an individual from getting the following conditions: heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Ginger also provides an individual with healthier hair, a healthier weight size and a lot more energy.

Nausea 

If you are experiencing some form of nausea, then it is highly recommended that you try drinking ginger tea. If you don’t like tea then chewing on raw ginger is another option.

If you are consuming ginger to prevent morning sickness, it is recommended that you do not consume it for no more than four days. Ginger will also help with sea sickness or if you get sick whilst travelling.

Inflammation

As a treatment for inflammatory problems or to prevent inflammation, ginger really is a great way to help cure this. A ginger root supplement is what is best used for preventing inflammation.

Ginger may help to prevent individuals from getting and fighting colon cancer(3)https://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/news/20111011/ginger-may-have-cancer-fighting-qualities#1. It also helps those who may be experiencing pain with osteoarthritis(4)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11710709.

Digestive Problems 

Ginger contains phenolic compounds. These compounds are designed to help prevent you from getting the following:

  • Bile production,
  • Gastrointestinal irritation,
  • Fluids that come through the GI tract,
  • Stimulating saliva,
  • Suppress gastric and contractions.

It will also help you with any food that may be moving around inside of you.

Reducing Pain and Swelling

If you are experiencing muscle pain after exercising, studies have shown that consuming ginger supplement every day will reduce this pain by twenty five per cent.

Ginger will also help reduce period pain in women(5)https://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2014/792708. Women who consume ginger capsules during their period, have reported a vast improvement in the pain they experience during this time.

If you are a woman who gets a lot of period pain during your period, then try giving ginger a go. If you have any form of swelling, ginger will help you to bring down the swelling.

It has been said that ginger contains anti-inflammatory qualities. This is what assists you in reducing any pain and swelling you may be having at the time. You only need to take a small amount of ginger. It is far better to consume ginger than any other medication.

Relieving Headaches and Sore Throats.

Ginger has been known to relieve headaches. It can also help with sore throats. If you have a cold or a flu, ginger is a great natural way to assist with reducing any cold or flu symptoms you may be experiencing.

Fresh Ginger and Dried Root Ginger.

Fresh ginger may also be used if you have conditions such as: heart palpitations, dyspepsia, rheumatism, colic, asthma and coughs.

The dried root of ginger will often help to treat: diarrhoea, making the stomach stronger, and any form of vomiting that is occurring. There are times when ginger should not be taken at all.

These times include:

  • Whilst consuming medication. This is because every herb will affect the other medications being used.
  • If you have a bleeding problem, or are using blood thinners. This includes aspirin.
  • Children who are less than two years old should never consume ginger.

If you want to include ginger within your diet, there are many ways in which you can do this. Ginger also goes well with a variety of foods. These foods include the following: pumpkin, seafood, apples, melon, oranges and pork.

If you are looking for fresh ginger, it is best to search for a root that comes with smooth, taut skin. The ginger should have no wrinkles in it.

Ginger Uses

Ginger also contains a spicy aroma flavour. Fresh ginger can be kept in the fridge. It can also be kept in a freezer once it has been tightly wrapped in a plastic bag. Before you begin using ginger, it should always been peeled and grated first.

Never consume ginger with the skin on.

Health benefits of ginger can also come in the form of: juice or smoothie drinks, salads or stir-fries, ginger tea, in any kind of fish dish you may create. Ginger may also be included in: soups, tuna burgers, Thai coconut curry, cookies or vegetables that are being roasted. Ginger is known to go well with blue-berries and peaches. It’s also fantastic in deserts such as pumpkin pie.

Ginger Side Effects

People have used Ginger in food for centuries with no major adverse effects. But some people have reported diarrhoea, heartburn and some stomach problems.

When Ginger has been applied on the skin some people have reported irritation. But used short-term is considered safe.

Precautions and Warnings:

When your pregnant Ginger is Possibly Safe, for example when taking for morning sickness. But there is controversy between authorities on how safe Ginger is when pregnant. Hence you are advised to consult your health care professional before using. Always be on the safe side(6)https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-961/ginger.

Also when Breast-feeding there is not a enough information on the safety of Ginger. Avoid using.

Bleeding disorders: It’s believed ginger may increase the risk of bleeding. Again consult your Doctor if in doubt.

Heart conditions: If you have heart problems then consult your Doctor before use.

Diabetes: Ginger could change your insulin or blood sugar levels. Hence check with your health care professional before using.

Summary

Professionals recommend that we all should include more ginger in our diet. It really is a very healthy approach in curing all sorts of problems. It will help you to reduce the following things: nausea, headaches, pain, swelling, sore throats, colds and flu’s, digestive problems, inflammation, and so much more.

There are many ways that ginger can be included in our diet. These ways may include: juices, stir-fries, fish dishes, soups, cookies, roasted vegetables, and curries. Before using ginger, always peel and grate it first. Never consume it with the skin on.


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david roulston

david roulston

David Roulston is an herbalist and natural herb expert who has over 30 years experience formulating natural remedies. He's a graduate of the Marilyn Davies College of Business-University of Houston. Passionate about traditional medicine and turned to studying plants and nature, in an effort to help his partner overcome the pain of fibromyalgia.

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