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Gingers And Its Wonderful Health Benefits

Updated on April 28, 2017
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Ginger is one of the strongest food source high in antioxidants

By Sharon Stajda,

The root of the ginger plant has been used in cooking and as an herbal remedy since ancient times. The ancient Greeks ate ginger wrapped in bread to prevent nausea from a huge feast. For many centuries, Chinese sailors have taken ginger to avoid seasickness. A proverb from ancient India maintains that everything good can be found in ginger. Its traditional role in herbal medicine has been as a remedy for nausea, motion sickness, heartburn, vomiting, stomach cramps, and loss of appetite. Studies now show that ginger is one food sources that is high in antioxidants, and is helpful in killing cancer cells.


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Where Does The Ginger Root Grow

It's well thought that ginger, the pungent, aromatic spice, is a root? However, actually it is an underground stem, from a tropical herb plant Zingiber officinale. This herb is primarily grown in India, Jamaica. It's also grown in China, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Australia. It grows best in tropical lowland and forests, requiring hot, humid, shady conditions, with a fertile loam that will provide a good amount of nutrients. Ginger root has no actual growing season, but grows throughout the year, as long as the weather conditions are stable.

Fresh Ginger Root

Fresh or dried ginger root is used in cooking and in preparing herbal remedies, and in these forms will be the most potent . A broad range of daily doses of ginger is reported, anywhere from 250 milligrams to 1 gram per day. For the treatment of nausea, the usual dose is 250 milligrams to 1 gram of powdered ginger taken with a liquid several times per day. The maximum daily adult dose is usually totals 5 grams or less per day. Again, fresh or dried is thought to give the best effects.

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Ginger And History - Health Benefits

Ginger has a long history in treating health problems.

History and the uses of Ginger - Throughout history famous world figures such as "Henry the VIII" revered the benefits of ginger root. Believing the root aided in preventing one from getting to the plague. This uses of ginger root has not been substantiated, but it's very apparent that throughout history ginger has been used for its powerful medicinal properties.What is the history behind it?Asian societies have always prized ginger root for its health properties. Furthermore, studies show ginger can aid in curbing nausea, and may even aid in killing cancer cells

Ginger Is Not Only For Gingerbread Men

The uses for ginger are many. You will not only find it ground and bottled in the spice section at the grocery store, but in the fresh produce department in its natural stem form. It is also widely used for it oil in spicy colognes, and soaps. One of it more recognizable uses, Ginger Ale. Ginger Ale is one of the oldest and well known soft drinks. Most of us will have memories of Ginger Ale being given to us as children, for an upset stomach.Ginger is available as a dried or fresh root, as a tea, in powder form, as a liquid extract, as a tincture, in tablets, in capsules, and in candied form. Many parents give their children ginger ale to settle an upset stomach, but the soft drink often does not contain much ginger. Some ales have artificial flavors instead of ginger.

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Ginger Ale Is Soothing On The Stomach

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Ginger Can Help With Many Health Problems

Do You suffer with motion sickness if so bring along some Ginger Ale or Ginger candy ...

Ginger has a long history as an herbal remedy for upset stomach, motion sickness, and loss of appetite. Ginger is a pungent spice for cooking, but has proven to actually help with many health problems. Many controlled studies have been conducted in humans, and show ginger reduces nausea and vomiting.Most clinical studies of ginger have tested the use of this herb for nausea associated with pregnancy or following surgery. Ginger also is being used to relieve nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Although these studies are still on going.

However, there is good evidence that some people with cancer are finding that the taste or aroma of beverages and foods with ginger helps soothe their nausea that is a sometime side effect from cancer drugs.

It appears that Ginger may interfere with blood clotting, and should only be used by cancer patients after talking about it with their doctors. This concern applies mostly to people whose clotting function is already weakened by their cancer or its treatment or to people having surgery.

A study on motion sickness done by ("The American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory") located in Salt Lake City. Results showed that ginger was compared to Dramamine, for relieving motion sickness. It was proven ginger had a significant benefit in their experiment with a controlled study. One group taking Dramamine the other ginger, the group that took the ginger withstood a spin test for 6 minutes, while the Dramamine group became nauseous within 4 1/2 minutes. So next time you fly, opt for Ginger Ale, if you have a problem with motion sickness or that unsettled stomach.

Does Ginger Aid In Killing Cancer Cells ?

Can ginger help kill cancer cells?

Cancer needs blood to stay active and alive.There are ongoing studies that have good proof that Ginger can help stop formation of blood vessels that supply cancer cells. Cells that aid in the growth of cancer tumor. Ginger root acts as very powerful anti inflammatory agent, as an antioxidant. It helps keep the immune system healthy, and is also known to prevent blood vessel formation (angiogenesis)at the cancer cell level. This action can act to deprive the cancer cell of oxygen and nutrients, which it needs to survive in the human body.

Recommendation: Use ginger root in cooking, and steep fresh root in a cup of green tea. Steep for 15 minutes.

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Lower Your Cholesterol By Including some Ginger in diet.

The properties in Ginger have shown to aid in lowering blood cholesterol. It is also is effective in thinning blood, which aid in dissolving blood clots (Study Conducted by Cornell University Medical College). Other curative benefits include: relieves menstrual cramps, decreases headache discomforts, helps to regulate blood sugar, anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, which aid to strengthen the immune system. Ginger is also high in both calcium and iron, so in turn helps with strong bones, and decreases adverse discomforts of arthritis. It is claimed that Ginger increases blood flow to the extremities, so helps with cold feet, and hands.

Arthritis Pain - Eating Ginger may help curb Arthritis pain...

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Studies Show Ginger Can Aids In Reducing Pain Caused By Arthritis

Ginger could be an effective treatment for arthritis, a study has shown.

A pill containing extracts of the ginger root spice has proved to be as effective as conventional painkillers in a clinical trial.

"Rheumatologist Professor Ray Altman, who led the study, believes the highly-concentrated supplement could help to reduce the pain suffered by two out of three people with arthritis."

"Altman" tested a Ginger supplement on 250 people with osteoarthritis arthritis, which is the most common form of the condition. Each was suffering from moderate to severe pain. Over a six week period, some were given a 255 milligram dose of the dietary Ginger supplement twice a day, the rest were given a placebo.

Two-thirds of those that were given the ginger supplement reported relief from pain - significantly more than those taking the placebo.

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Have a sore throat or just want to ward off a cold -- Try Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea Recipe:

Ginger tea is believed to aid to improve digestion, and relieve nausea. It is also used to ward off colds, and helps soothe a sore throat.

Ginger tea is easy to make, and tastes very good.

Ginger Tea Recipe

4 cups of water

2 inch piece of fresh ginger root

optional: honey and lemon

Peel the ginger root, slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water is at a good boil, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste. You can also add a bit of bourbon or whisky, to make a hot toddy. The booze also helps kill germs from a sore throat.

Note: Keep in mind that if you are making this tea to strengthen the immune system and ward off colds and flu, sweeteners are not recommended.

Ginger Intake And Safety Recommendations

How much is too much? To get the benefits of Ginger, it is recommended to include 2-4 grams daily in your diet. There are many ways to get the required beneficial dose. From ginger snap cookies, to Chinese food, and let's not forget Ginger ale. You can also eat raw or blanched Ginger or brew it up in tea. The tea is great to aid in relieving menstrual cramps, and headache. To use topically, oil of ginger can be rubbed into sore joint to provide pain relief. Ginger capsule can be purchased at your health food store, if you prefer to take Ginger in pill form. Ginger is not recommended for children under 2 years of age.

The American Herbal Products Association gives fresh ginger root safety rating of 1. This rate indicates that it is a safe to the general public with a wide dosage range. Side effects if taken in excessive doses may cause mild heartburn. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using any Spice or herb.

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