Ginger has been known to reduce levels of pain-causing prostaglandin in the body and has been widely used in India to treat pain and inflammation. Ginger is one of the most ancient spices in the worldwide cuisine. It has become well known for its various health benefits which include: boosting bone health, aiding digestion, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains associated with menstrual disorders, nausea and flu.
In Asian cultures, ginger is directly used by chopping it up or using it’s powder in traditional dishes and in soft drinks such as coffee and tea. Not only is ginger known as an essence and spice, it is one of the oldest remedies known to the herbal and aromatic traditions, especially in China, India and the Middle East in China, it has been used for over 2,000 years for curing inflammation and diarrhea.
Bone Health- Ginger is known to boost bone health and relieve joint pains. Two years ago, a study was conducted by the University of Miami, recruiting several hundred patients-from different backgrounds and ages-with osteoarthritis symptoms. The patients were then weaned away from anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications for cleansing purposes. The week after, they were split into two groups, one put on a placebo, and the other on ginger. After six weeks of intensive dosage, a survey was conducted among the two groups, both groups felt improvement; however, 63% of the ginger group felt a notable pain reduction, while only half of the placebo group recorded notable improvement. The last test was for the patients to walk the distance of fifty feet, which proved to be the lion’s share for the ginger group, since their results showed twice as much improvement than those on placebos.
Diarrhea- Ginger has been used since ancient times to cure diarhea, and it was found by scientists that ginger indeed helps since it prevents stomach spasms and gases that contribute to and accentuate diarrhea. In China, ginger powder has been given to those with diarhea and was successful, so scientists have concluded that the ancient ways are indeed beneficial in this case.
Digestion- Ginger has been discovered to be a facilitator to the digestion process. The elevated sugar levels after a meal may cause the stomach to lose its natural pace of emptying its contents. Ginger helps in regulating high sugar levels that may disrupt digestion and soothe the stomach, which maintains its regular rhythm.
Sexual Activity- A known aphrodisiac, ginger has been used for years in arousing desire and enhancing sexual activity. Ginger’s scent has its unique allure that helps in establishing the connection. Ginger also helps in blood circulation, so blood flows more easily to the mid-section of the body.
Menstrual Cramps- Cramps are the body’s way of alarming an individual to danger or damage. In this case, prostaglandins-hormones that function as chemical messengers-are the key activators of symptoms such as cramps, pains and fevers. Scientists believe that high levels of prostaglandins contribute to the increased menstrual cramps. Ginger helps by reducing prostaglandin levels in the body, relieving the cramps.
Nausea- Ginger helps in curing nausea connected with pregnancy, motion sickness and chemotherapy. It’s quick absorption and rapid regulation of body functions cures nausea without the side effects of medication.
Flu- Ginger has been prescribed to fight inflammation for ages now. It’s soothing effect helps reduce the body’s alarm to the damaged cells in the body. While the white cells work on patching the cells, ginger acts as a barrier to the high levels of prostaglandin that induce fever, headaches and cramps.
Ginger may at times have side effects for ones who suffer from gallstones, since the herb incites the release of bite from the gallstones. Therefore, it is advised if such a condition is suspected, consult a doctor before consuming ginger.
When it comes to health proceed gingerly!
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