The Health Benefits of Ginger and Ginger Root
In use since the ancient times, ginger (or ginger root) has been used as a spice. Almost every household has some type of ginger that is used for cooking meals. While ginger is very popular in cooking and baking, it is also well known for its health benefits and healing properties. In addition to treating problems with the digestive system, ginger also helps in treating the symptoms of many other ailments.
The biggest benefit of ginger is that it helps with your digestive system. If you eat a spicy meal or overindulge at the all-you-can-eat buffet, a little ginger goes a long way in relieving symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, gas, bloating, and nausea.
Ginger is a natural blood thinner. When you have high levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, your arteries get clogged up with fatty buildup. This causes high blood pressure because your heart has to work faster to move the blood through the arteries. This, in turn, can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Taking ginger can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. Therefore it also can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.
- If you have a cold or the flu, taking ginger can help fight the symptoms. Taking ginger before you get sick can prevent you from getting sick in the first place.
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps if you are suffering from arthritis. It is also an excellent pain reliever. It helps get rid of the pain from a headache or sore throat.
- Ginger is an excellent tool for weight loss. Taking it will speed up your metabolism. When your metabolism is increased, more fat will be burned.
- For females, ginger helps relieve menstrual cramps.
Where to Purchase Ginger
While the main producers of ginger are India, China, Japan and Thailand, ginger can be found in many grocery, health food and drug stores worldwide. While it can also be found in the wild, it is best to seek advice from expert herbalists before doing this, since poisonous plants can be confused for wild ginger. You can purchase ginger in different forms in the stores and online. These include:
- Root Form (many grocery stores sell this year round in the produce section)
- Essential Oil
Ginger root has been used as a main ingredient in cooking by Asian peoples for centuries. While this has been used for thousands of years for culinary purposes, Asian peoples recognized ginger root for what it actually was—a powerful healing plant. After studying for over ten years of various herbal remedies, it should be no surprise that ginger can replace many traditional medications in the medicine cabinet because of its many health benefits.
Like ginger, ginger root is a natural blood thinner because it contains terpenes which help boost the circulation of blood. Since taking ginger root helps lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream and unclogs your arteries of fatty buildup, including ginger root in your daily diet not only lowers your blood pressure, it helps promote a healthy heart.
Ginger root is excellent for your digestive system. Just a ¼ inch piece of root goes a long way in relieving symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, gas, bloating, and nausea. It is also effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome. People who experience a loss of appetite whether through illness or other reasons, including ginger root will help stimulate the appetite.
Ginger root has astringent properties. It is excellent for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It also has cooling and antiseptic properties. By putting a salve that contains ginger root on cuts, scrapes, burns and sunburns, you are protecting the affected areas from getting infected.
Ginger root can be used to help individuals with relief from problems with their stomachs because they contain anti-viral properties. It is an excellent remedy to relieve:
- Motion and morning sickness
- Stomach cramps due to menstruation
Ginger root contains gingerols, which have powerful anti-inflammatory property. Just by adding ginger root into your daily meals will ease joint pain and inflammation if you suffer from arthritis. If you are an athlete or work out on a regular basis, eating ginger root helps produce prostaglandins. These help relieve the pain in sore muscles. It is also a natural pain reliever. People who experience headaches, toothaches and backaches will benefit by including ginger root in their daily diet.
Ginger root helps boost the immune system by inducing sweating. When you sweat, the dermcidin, which is produced by your sweat, helps protect your skin from bacteria that can infect you. Sweating is also an effective way of getting toxins outside your body.
Where to Purchase Ginger Root
Most grocery stores sell ginger root in the produce section. You can also grow your own in your backyard and cut the underground rhizome whenever you need it. You can also purchase ginger root products at your local health food store. You can purchase them as:
- Liquid extracts
You can also purchase products containing products containing ginger root online at sites such as Amazon and EBay.
Do you use ginger in your cooking?
While it is safe to give ginger to children, they might think it is too hot or spicy. Combining it in baking, such as gingerbread cookies, is a good idea. Ginger ale is a popular drink to give to children if they are suffering from the stomach flu.
If you are on blood thinners, talk to your doctor before you start using ginger. If you are pregnant and want to take ginger to treat morning sickness, talk to your doctor. He can tell you about different methods and safe dosages. Always talk to your doctor before you start any herbal remedy regimen since some herbs may interact with medicines and supplements you may already be taking.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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