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Health Benefits & Facts of Ginger

Health Benefits & Facts of Ginger

For all around health benefits, Ginger is a great choice.  Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with just about everything in the body.  It also has a wonderful taste that wakes up the mouth and stomach with a zing!

According to Live Strong, Ginger provides a plethora of benefits such as soothing the upset stomach or painful stomach aches, relieves motion sickness and morning sickness, and can help with nausea caused by just about anything.

Ginger also provides relief from sore muscles and painful periods.  Live Strong notes studies conducted in 2010 and 2012.  The 2010 study showed participants who consumed fresh Ginger or Ginger tea, compared to a placebo control group, experienced less muscle soreness.  The 2012 study showed participants had less pain during menstruation, particularly due to less cramping, when consuming Ginger compared to a placebo group.

Organic Authority points out how Ginger is absolutely amazing at settling the stomach and reducing nausea.  They also note that ginger helps with respiratory ailments such as asthma, coughs, and even bronchitis!  It is becoming increasingly common to see ginger “candies” in the cold and flu section, and this makes perfect sense since Ginger alleviates some of the common symptoms of these ailments.

Another interesting benefit of Ginger is that it can help with arthritic pain.  Chopra notes that this is due to Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the arthritic inflammation, and help reduce pain in return.  Instead of being consumed, Ginger can be added to a salve to help reduce joint or muscle pain.  Some prefer this to consuming Ginger as they can directly apply it to the areas causing pain.

Ginger can be consumed in many different ways.  The most common is a decoction where the Ginger, preferably fresh, is placed in a small pot with water, is brought to a boil, then simmers for 15-60 minutes.  The longer the Ginger is simmered, the more potent the decoction will be.  Other ways to consume Ginger include Ginger infused oils and vinegars, tinctures, and adding fresh or dried ginger to meals at home.  Ginger is commonly paired with lemon as the two compliment each other very nicely.

Among the other plentiful benefits of Ginger, it is also noted that Ginger can help with weight loss, improves circulation, relieves stress, improves appetite, and can even help fight cancer.  Given all of these wonderful benefits, Ginger proves itself a worthy herb to be frequently used.

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