Ginger-The Root Of Health

Nutritional Benefits And Health Cures Of Ginger

Ginger is a gnarled piquant root which has been used as medicine to help relieve many health conditions ranging from motion sickness, digestive complaints, migraines, arthritis, high cholesterol and even blood clots. It is used throughout the world as a potent healing food as well as for culinary purposes in gingerbread, biscuit, cakes, soups and pickles and as a drink in ginger beer, ginger ale and ginger wine.

 

American researches have conducted tests which proved that ginger is one of the best remedies for motion sickness. experts believe that gingerols, one of the active compounds in ginger could be responsible in preventing nausea and dizziness by blocking the body's vomiting reflex. Those prone to travel sickness are well advised to take about 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger before embarking on their journey.

 

Ginger is also an effective drug for digestive disorder. It is very useful in dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, vomiting and other affections of the stomach and bowels. Half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with a teaspoon of fresh lime juice and a tablespoon of honey taken thrice daily constitutes an effective medicine for the above disorders of the digestive system.

 

Ginger is also an excellent remedy for coughs and colds. A mixture of ginger juice and honey should be taken three or four times daily in the case of coughs. For colds, ginger should be cut into small pieces and boiled in a cup of water. It should then strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it and drink while hot.

 

Ginger may also help to keep pain and nausea at bay. Those who suffer from headache and migraine may want to try taking taking 1/2 teaspoon of fresh or powdered ginger to obtained relief. It is believed that ginger blocks the action of substances that cause pain and inflammation in blood vessels in the brain. People who suffer from arthritis have found relief by treating themselves with fresh or powdered ginger.

 

Studies have shown that ginger, both fresh and powdered may help to prevent blood clots and lower cholesterol levels. It is indeed a valuable root for medicinal and culinary purposes.

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