Healing Qualities of Ginger

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Healing Qualities of Ginger

Ginger has a long medicinal tradition of being used for alleviating symptoms of influenza and poor digestion such as; nausea, motion sickness, loss of appetite and pain. This aromatic root also has a long history of offering a spicy zesty flavour to many different types of dishes; as well enjoyed as a tea.

ginger rootModern clinical studies have found that ginger does in fact possess these traditional health beliefs, along with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, strong cancer fighting abilities and anti-diabetic properties.

The main active chemical compound in ginger is called gingerols, it is what gives ginger its distinctive flavour. Gingerols are potent compounds that possess the many healing qualities ginger is recognized for; such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cancer fighting abilities.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that gingerols offers benefits many health conditions by providing pain relief, reducing swelling, improving energy levels, as well as providing strong immune boosting properties. With reduced inflammation also comes reduced pain, which chronic inflammatory conditions are often associated with. The antioxidant effects of gingerols also help to reduce aging and age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Research conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Hormel Institute and presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in 2003 revealed that gingerols may inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer and had strong chemotherapeutic characteristics. At the 97th annual Meeting of the American Association of Cancer, research conducted by the University of Michigan showed that gingerols also kill ovarian cancer cells quite effectively.

Multiple studies have demonstrated powerful blood sugar stabilizing effects improving symptoms of type II diabetes. The Tehran University of Medical Sciences conducted a study in 2015 that concluded that taking just 2 grams of ginger daily proved more effective than the leading diabetes treatments.

Caution is advised to not stop taking any current medications without consulting a doctor first. If personal blood sugar levels are improved through diet changes, allow your doctor to decrease your prescriptions.

The amazing health benefits of ginger can be appreciated by adding this remarkable spice to the foods you eat. There are many types of dishes from around the world that use ginger in their recipes. Ginger root can be peeled, sliced, steeped and enjoyed as a tea as well. Ginger can also be found in capsule form in your local health food store.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    The Worlds Healthiest Foods / Ginger: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
•    Authority Nutrition / 11 Proven Health Benefits of Ginger: https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger/
•    Medical News Today / Ginger: Health Benefit, Facts, Research: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
•    Global Healing Center / 10 Health Benefits of Ginger: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-ginger/
•    Superversity / Study Underlines Real World Benefits of Ginger for Type II Diabetes: http://suppversity.blogspot.ca/2015/01/study-underlines-real-world-benefits-of.html

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