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The hidden secrets of ginger

Updated on January 10, 2017

Ginger has for long been used by Asian communities of hundreds of years. The plant was also highly sought after by spice traders in ancient times. The ginger plant takes its roots back to Asia, where it was initially grown and is widely used as a spice and as a remedy for different ailments. Today it is a key ingredient in most Asian cuisines.

Ginger properties

Among the properties that ginger is rich in include magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper and Vitamin B6. Ginger also produces Ginger oil, a relative of capsaicin which has powerful antioxidant capability. Emerging research has been crucial in proving the long known uses that have been given made of ginger.

Nausea relief

One of the most powerful health benefits is the relief of nausea. Irrespective the cause of the nausea; be it from a stomach bug, pregnancy or even from the effects of chemotherapy, you can rest assured that the ginger will help in relieving the symptoms and get you up and active again. The best way to take the remedy is through use of ginger tea. Just chop a piece of ginger and place it in hot water and let it stand for about 10 minutes and consume. Ginger powder can also be used in making the tea.

Relief of Pain in Osteoarthritis

Studies have also shown that ginger relieves osteoarthritis symptoms of swelling and pain significantly. Ginger helps in arthritis because it is has anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe aching joints. Also, the antioxidant properties help ion the removal of any waste products that could have been around aching joints allowing for fresh blood to move through the aching joints, offering relief from pain. Ginger also helps improve flexibility and movement for muscles and bones.

Improvement of Digestion

The use of ginger has also been shown to improve digestion as well as offer relief from digestive problems that may be present in the body. The mode of action here is that ginger helps in the stimulation of secretive digestive juices as well as neutralizes acids in the stomach. All these actions help in promoting digestion and therefore overall body function.

Respiratory Relief

Ginger also reduces respiratory problems as ginger has been shown to be an excellent expectorant. It helps in offering relief from various conditions such as coughs, flu, asthma, colds and shortness of breath. The efficacy of ginger also extends to the removal of excess mucous from the lungs and throat.

Motion Sickness Relief

If you have a problem with motion sickness, ginger is an excellent remedy that offers value, and it has no side effects. This is a particularly of value for people who normally get sea sick. Ginger tea or a tablet of ginger should be taken before the trip, preferably every 15 minutes for an hour prior to the trip.

Lowering of Cholesterol

It has also been shown to lower cholesterol. The use of ginger has been shown to offer positive benefits by interfering with cholesterol synthesis. The action of ginger helps prevent blockage of blood vessels which can lead to heart disease or even a stroke. This means that with regular ginger consumption, you can rest assured of optimal heart health.

With all the mentioned benefits of ginger, you have no reason to not buy this amazing root the next time you are out shopping. You will get to prevent numerous health problems and promote good health. Even if you do not fancy ginger for its health benefits, it makes a great spice to add extra flavor t your meals. Do make ginger your new best herb today for a longer healthier life!


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      David Njoroge 4 years ago from Nairobi

      Thank you for taking time to read my hub. I really appreciate it.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Nice hub, I had a good read. I add small amount of ginger in my tea while that is boiling, it gives a very good taste. Thank you for the knowledge hub.