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10 Health Benefits of Ginger (Superfood)

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The Superpowers of Ginger have been known in Asia for more than 2,000 years. Not only is it an important cooking spice but it has been used as medicine for thousands of years.

Multiple Studies have been done on Ginger. They showed that this true Superfood has many different (often unknown) benefits, as you can see in this video:

1. Relieves Nausea

Ginger has been showing good success in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.

2. Arthritis

A study at the University of Miami concluded that ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory, and even suggested that ginger extract could one day be used instead of synthetic anti-inflammatory medication!

3. Digestion

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

4. Reduces Respiratory Problems

If you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.. That way you can quickly recover from difficulty in breathing.

5. Remedies Motion Sickness

Ginger is a known effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. The exact reason is unknown, but in a study of naval cadets, those given ginger powder suffered less.

6. Fights Ovarian Cancer

Studies at the University of Michigan showed that ginger was as effective at destroying cancerous cells as standard platinum-based chemotherapy drugs.

Another study showed the growth of colorectal cancerous cells being slowed by treatment with ginger.

7. Lowers Cholesterol

A study shows that ginger helps lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also raises the “good” cholesterol.

8. Prevents Migraine

Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen

9. Prevents Blood Clots

Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

10. Cold & Flu Prevention and Treatment

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

Side Effects?

Side effects from ginger are rare, but if taken in high doses the herb may cause mild heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth. You may be able to avoid some of the mild stomach side effects, such as belching, heartburn, or stomach upset, by taking ginger supplements in capsules.

1) People with gallstones should ask their doctor before taking ginger. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are taking ginger and will be having surgery or placed under anesthesia for any reason.

2) People with heart conditions and people with diabetes should not take ginger without asking their doctors.

3) Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding should talk to their doctor before taking ginger.

4) Do not take ginger if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are taking blood-thinning medications, including aspirin.

How much?

How it can be taken is 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. Many people will mix ginger and honey to help soothe a cold and drink it throughout the day. Naturally, it’s used in cooking and candy, so it’s difficult to measure to say exactly how much you should consume.

Raw ginger provides greater potency than powdered, and you can easily make your own ginger tea at home. Just chop up ginger root and boil in water for about 20 minutes or until the water turns a golden yellow. A faster method is to grate ginger into a teacup, pour boiling water over it and steep for two minutes.

As you have seen, Ginger is a real Superfood with many different health benefits.

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