Ginger - health benefits

Ginger
Ginger is an herb used from ancient times all over the world. It originated in China and later, spread to India, Southeast Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean. It is basically the rhizome of the monocotyledonous perennial plant Zingiber officinale.

Nutritional Information:
Ginger comprises of the following nutrients:
  • Calcium
  • Carbohydrate
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Vitamin C, E, B6
Health Benefits:
  1. Menstrual Cramp Relief: Ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
  2. Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy - A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).
  3. Heartburn Relief: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
  4. Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment: Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu.
  5. Digestion: Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
  6. Migraine Relief: Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
  7. Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
  8. Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
  9. Morning Sickness: A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
  10. Motion Sickness Remedy: Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. Japanese researchers believe the gingerols found in ginger, may be responsible for blocking the body's reflex to vomit.
  11. Reduces Pain and Inflammation: One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller. Denmark researchers have discovered that ginger can block the effects of prostaglandins. These are substances that cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, which leads to migraines.
  12. A researcher at Cornell University Medical College discovered that ginger has an effect on blood clots that is similar to that of aspirin. By the same token, it appears that high cholesterol levels are lowered using the same active ingredient, thromboxane.
Buying ginger, fresh is best! Avoid ginger with dry, wrinkled, skin, mold or soft spots.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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