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Six Health Benefits of Ginger

Updated on March 18, 2013
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The health benefits of ginger

Ginger has been used by humans for ages. Ginger is mainly used in food preparation as spice. Many people do not know that eating ginger helps them a lot in preventing some diseases and minor problems like stomach upset. In fact, ginger has been shown to be useful in the fight against cancer, even more effectively than pharmaceutical cancer drugs.

Some of the health benefits of ginger are discussed below.

  1. 1. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger root has been shown to be very important in treatment of inflammation ant it has been very great in the treatment of diseases where inflammation is implicated. These diseases include obesity, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and numerous cancer types.

Gingerols have been implicated as the constituents responsible for these anti-inflammatory actions. Ginger has been particularly important in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  1. 2. Ginger has an anti-cancer effect.

It has been established that ginger can destroy ovaria cancer cells, this was confirm by research carried out by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. They found out that the ginger achieved this by triggering two types of cell death namely apoptosis and autophagy. Apoptosis is a phenomenon whereby cancer cells commit suicide and autophagy is a situation whereby cancerous cell death occurs as a result of cells attacking or digesting themselves.

Ginger has also been indicated in the treatment of other forms of cancer like colon cancer. In a research published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, it was shown that consumption of ginger root leads to lower level of colon inflammation and inflammation of the intestine, thereby reducing the risk of the colon cancer. It is possible that as time goes on, science will appreciate ginger root as a better alternative to the antineoplastic drugs.

  1. 3. Ginger as a Cough Suppressant.

Ginger remains one of the good natural cures for cough. Drinking boiled ginger (prepared by crushing the ginger into bit and then boiling it) has been shown to be crucial in the management/treatment of cough.

  1. 4. Ginger is important in headache/magraine treatment.

After a day of hard work and a lot of rigorous activities, one of the most important ways to relax may be by drinking ginger. Ginger is good for treating nausea associated with magraine/headache.

  1. 5. Ginger has been indicated in the treatment of Heartburn/Acid Reflux/Ulcer.

Ginger has been shown to be a better alternatives to the pharmaceutical drugs used in the treatment of ulcer. Many of the side effects like mal-absorption issue, bone fractures etc. associated with the use of pharmaceutical drugs are avoided by taking ginger. Ginger has been shown to have both anti-ulcer and anti-helicobacter pylori (a bacteria that has potential of causing cancer) effect. With this effect of ginger as an anti-ulcer plant, huge amount of money can be saved instead of spending it to buy this expensive and dangerous (because of their side effects) drugs.

  1. 6. Ginger can be used in treating toothache.

Instead of using drugs when suffering from toothache, it is advisable to use ginger. This can be done by rubbing raw ginger into gums. It can also be done by boiling the ginger root and using the tea (when cool) to rinse mouth.

Ginger has also been indicated in the management of pain, swelling, sore throat, boosting the immune system, motion sickness remedy and morning sickness remedy. It can be said that ginger consumption is one of the best way of ensuring a healthy living. This is due to fact that ginger root serves many health beneficial roles. And it is good if you can take ginger tea every day. Also, ginger can be added in many forms to food preparations.



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