The Health Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger snacks I bought at the local health food store. YUM!

Today I wanted to share with you some of the health benefits of ginger.  Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to South Africa and the Caribbean.  The root of the ginger plant it was is cultivated and used.  I visited the local health food store a while back and picked up some ginger snacks.  They are sweet, but at the same time spicy.  I love them.  Another favorite of mine is Natural Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale, which is produced by Smuckers, of all companies.  If you haven’t tried it you should.  It is so good and taste nothing like the ginger ale you’re probably used to.  It is the “real deal.”

Below are some of the benefits of ginger.  Thanks to the following websites for the great information foodmatters.tv, and health.india.com 

1.  Ginger can help reduce gas…who knew?  It can also help reduce menstrual cramps in women.

2.  Had a large meal?  Eat some ginger.  Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion and helps break down the proteins in your food.  Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion.

3.  Ginger can help with joint pain since it has anti-inflammatory properties.  Add some ginger essential oil to a bath to help soothe aching muscles and joints.

4.  Chewing on ginger can reduce nausea and vomiting.  According to studies, ginger can treat sensations of nausea following surgery, help with motion sickness, as well as seasickness.  It is also beneficial for nausea as a result of adverse effect of chemotherapy.

5.  Ginger’s antihistamine properties help in treating allergies.  It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and helps to stimulate the secretion of mucus.  It is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds.  A teaspoon of ginger juice with honey is effective against sore throat. And ginger tea is an all-time favorite to get rid of congestion in the throat and nose.

6.  Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headaches.  Here is a link that tells more about this remedy.  Ginger Headache Relief 

As you can see there are some great benefits to making ginger a part of your diet.  I encourage you to pick some up and enjoy it’s benefits.  All this blogging about ginger makes me want some ginger tea now.  I’ll have to pick some up the next time I’m at the health food store.

Cheers everyone and here’s to your good health!

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