11 Benefits of Using Ginger

By on February 21, 2015
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Ginger is used all over the world in a variety of dishes. It also has many health benefits but what are they? We did some research and here are the top 11 uses for Ginger.

Ginger is grown as a root and is a flexible ingredient that can be consumed in drinks (tea , beer, ale) or in cooking. It’s often used to add a little kick to foods. For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It’s known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate.

Here’s a list of some of the amazing benefits of using ginger that you may not have been aware of. Although some of these are still being debated, you could do your own research if you want to use ginger for medicinal purposes or try it for yourself.

 

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The Benefits of Ginger

Maintains Normal Blood Circulation – Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

Helps With Motion Sickness – Ginger is known to get rid of nausea associated with motion sickness. The exact reason is unknown, but in a study of naval cadets , those given ginger powder suffered less.

Improves absorption – Ginger helps the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion.

Cold and Flu Prevention – Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day

Combats Stomach Discomfort – Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache.

Colon Cancer Prevention. A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Reduce Pain and Inflammation. Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.

Fights Common Respiratory Problems – If you’re suffering from a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment – Ginger powder is known to induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

Strengthens Immunity – Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit of ginger a day can prevent a potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach.

Combats Morning Sickness – Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75 percent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.

So How Much Do You Take?

The Truth is that it’s totally up to you, some people will say that 2 tablespoons of shredded ginger in a cup 2-3 times a day is ideal when you are feeling under the weather. A lot of people will mix ginger and honey to help soothe a cold and drink it many times a day. Naturally, it’s used in cooking and candy, so it’s difficult to measure to say exactly how much you should consume, but in this case any amount even a little is better than none.

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