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I fell in love with ginger for its exotic flavor. The spicy and warm feeling in my mouth drove my imagination to an exotic place overlooking green mountains, under a grey and omnipotent sky.
It was its flavor more than its properties that appealed to me at the beginning. After I researched further into this root I became aware of the fantastic choice I had made by switching my cup of tea to ginger.
This fabulous plant or root is indigenous to China, but it spread to other parts of Asia, until it eventually reached the western hemisphere. It is a very common ingredient in Asian food. But it has adopted other forms like candy, tea, beer, cookies, etc.
Its benefits have been known for years (at least in China) this very smart civilization has used ginger for over 2000 years to cure and prevent several illnesses.
Below you can read a few of its many benefits:
1- NAUSEA/STOMACH PROBLEMS
Ginger is a great nausea reliever. Whether is caused my movement, menstrual problems or chemotherapy. Ginger is an amazing natural aide in the stomach department. Its effects have been found to be superior to Dramamine (a prescription drug for motion sickness). Ginger helps reduce symptoms like nausea, vomiting, cold sweats and dizziness.
Dr. Julie Ryan, a researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center, found that ginger might have anti-inflammatory properties in chemotherapy treatment (if taken prior to the treatment).
Ginger can also help reduce and ease an upset stomach by decreasing bacterial infections.
Recipe: for treating nausea (not caused by chemotherapy) or an upset stomach cut 3 slices of ginger and boiled them in water for around ten minutes, let it rest for five and drink up.
Drink 30 minutes before you are set to travel. Feeling dizzy already? No worries, chew a small square of ginger. Is going to be spicy but the effect will be faster.
2- OVARIAN CANCER FIGHTER.
Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center performed a study where the found that a ginger solution helped fighting ovarian cancer by preventing cancer cells from forming resistance to cancer treatment.
The same study also found that ginger powder resulted in the death of ovarian cancer cells by making them commit suicide.
Which means that ginger not only helps preventing ovarian cancer but also fighting it.
Recipe: For preventing cancer it is recommendable to add ginger to our daily diet.
Already have cancer? don´t WORRY! ginger can still help you fight it. Talk about it with your doctor.
Ginger is as effective as the medication Sumatriptan in treating acute migraine and the clinical adverse effects of ginger are less than the ones caused by Sumatriptan. This according to a study performed in Iran, by the VALI-e-ASR Hospital.
4- BOOSTING IMMUNE SYSTEM
A hot cup of ginger tea not only tastes fantastic but it also promotes healthy sweating. German researchers have found that sweat carries a potent germ-fighting agent, that helps fighting off infections.
Ginger also works as a flu and cold treatment. Fighting respiratory problems as well, such as a cough. This marvelous root, expands the lungs which helps loosening up the salty annoying phlegm.
It is considered a natural expectorant that breaks down and eliminates mucus, which means is also great for smokers that want to clean up their lungs.
Recipe: Don´t have the flu yet but what to prevent it? A cup of tea a day.
Already have the flu? Three cups a day, like previously explained.
5- REDUCES INFLAMMATION
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain in several parts of our bodies related to different ailments like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
It even helps reduce pain caused by the inflammation of the colon (ginger has also showed positive results in the treatment of cancer in the colon).
Ginger is a wonderful plant that almost everyone can benefit from. Still, there are a few people upon this world that should avoid it, like those who suffer from bleeding disorders or are taking medication for blood-thinning (aspirin and warfarin).
Remember!! Ginger comes in many presentations, so there’s really not an excuse to keep it out of your diet. Although the natural way will always be the best, you buy the root, cut it, boil it, drink it and ENJOY!!
Nordqvist, Christian. (2014, August 29) “What are the benefits of ginger.” Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
Lee, Brian. “11 Benefits of Ginger That You Didn´t Know About” Retrieved from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-of-ginger-that-you-didnt-know-about.html
Dr. Mercola. (2014, June 30) “Ginger´s Many Evidence- Based Health Benefits Revealed.” Retreived from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/30/ginger-health-benefits.aspx
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