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The Healing Power and Health Benefits of Ginger

December 28, 2013

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You’re probably familiar with ginger, that funny shaped root in the produce section of your grocery store. Ginger is a popular flavor because it gives dishes and drinks a spicy bite incomparable to any other food. You might drink ginger tea in the morning or even cooked in stir-fry.

While ginger is popular for its unique flavor, perhaps even more important are the health benefits of this little root! Ginger contains many healthy essential oils such as gingerol, zingerone, shagaol and citral. It has long been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to treat everything from stomachaches to arthritis. It is also high in vitamin B-6 and B-5, and minerals like potassium, magnesium and copper, which are all essential for a healthy body.

These are some of the most researched and strongest health benefits of including ginger in your every day diet:

Strong anti-inflammatory effects

The gingerols found in ginger root are a very powerful anti-inflammatory compound that can reduce the symptoms and pain associated with arthritis. It can also help to reduce swelling and pain associated with pulled or sprained muscles. 

Soothes tummy troubles

Ginger works wonders for your digestive system! If you suffer from frequent stomachaches, heartburn, or gas, adding ginger to your diet could reduce your symptoms. The vitamins and minerals in ginger help your body assimilate the foods that you are eating so you get more nutritional benefits and less digestive trouble! Ginger is also known to increase appetite. If you are feeling sluggish or full, just chew on a piece of candied ginger to wake up your digestive system.

Relieves nausea during pregnancy

Many pregnant women suffer from morning sickness in their first trimester. It seems that nothing works to ease this common pregnancy ailment. Ginger has been proven to reduce nausea and vomiting for women by settling the stomach. Not pregnant? Ginger also eases feelings of airsickness and cramps! Just brew some fresh ginger tea by adding sliced ginger to a boil of boiling water. Add a dash of honey before drinking and you’ll start to feel better before you know it!

Helps to fight cancer

Many studies have been conducted on the anti-cancer properties of ginger. Some suggest that eating ginger is a great preventative measure when it comes to the development of cancer cells, particularly colon cancer. Another study has proven that ginger actually aids in the death of ovarian cancer cells! While nothing is concretely proven, adding ginger to your diet certainly couldn’t hurt you when it comes to fighting or preventing cancer! 

What is your favorite way to eat ginger?