Ginger is Probably the Best All Around Natural Anti-Inflammatory Home Remedy

Ginger in a Nutshell:

Without doubt, ginger is the best ‘Anti’ anyone could have! It fights inflammations, it is an anti-oxidant, an anti-bacterial and also a widely used antifungal remedy. There are several ways you can obtain the goodness from ginger.

You can cook with it, adding it to stir fries and oven dishes, or you can add it to your hot cup of tea.It can help your joints, soothe your muscles, help with a pregnant woman’s morning sickness and it also contains (proven) anti carcinogenic properties.

 

There are many other fruits and spices that prevent infection and contain anti-inflammatory properties. But why does this alien looking root stand head and shoulders above the rest to make it the top natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant food that you can add to many delicious recipes? We are going to tell you why ginger is one of the best alternative health and home remedies.

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ginger rootI love ginger. It goes in almost every meal I cook, and will almost certainly find its way into the chicken dishes which form part of my staple diet. I love it’s aromatic smell and the taste reminds me of my childhood when my father used to eat ginger sweets and biscuits. I am sure he was addicted to them!

I’ve used this incredibly pungent spice for the last few years because of it’s anti inflammatory and other healing benefits, after I had major surgery and decided I wanted to eat as many natural healing foods as I could. I cannot say that ginger definitely assisted in my recovery as I was eating a lot of similar spices, fruits and vegetables like red peppers, bananas, garlic, broccoli and pineapples.

These are foods which I eat every day, and all I can say is that the abdominal surgery I had (to remove a section of my large colon) was massive and just four months later, I was totally healed. I believe ginger contributed to my quick recovery.

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine, for it’s healing capabilities. Isn’t it fascinating that most people in the Western world would typically only know about Ibuprofen as an anti-inflammatory, yet this obscure looking root has been used for over two centuries in Asia?

And if you presented the ordinary man or woman in the street with the choice of taking Ibuprofen to heal a mild ailment, or to take ginger regularly in their food and drinks, they would probably look at you with a daft expression on their face opting of course for the pill.

Nutrition Information of Ginger

  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin C

It contains practically no fat at one gram per hundred grams, but in its ground form it contains almost ten grams of protein and seventy grams of carbohydrates (per 100g) making it a really great source of energy. However, I don’t thing you would really like to eat a one hundred gram serving of ginger because it would probably burn your mouth (Ouch!) There are much better sources to obtain a similar amount or boost in energy.

What Health Benefits Does Ginger Have?

These are the ailments that ginger can help to treat.

  1. Arthritis (and other joint pains)
  2. Cancer
  3. Yeast infection
  4. Vertigo
  5. Ulcers and heartburn
  6. Flu, colds and coughs
  7. Migraine headaches
  8. Motion sickness
  9. Pregnancy morning sickness
  10. Kidney disease caused by alcohol

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

arthritis Chronic rheumatoid arthritis affects not only the flexible (soft) tissue which surrounds your joints, but it can also affect other major organs in your body. Your lungs, whites of your eyes and your heart. The cause is not known, although your immune system breaking down is a clear indicator of the start of the disease.

Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage in your joints. This is the smooth, slick band of tissue which protects the ends of your joints from the friction and ‘knocking’ that would occur if your joints were to come together. People with osteoarthritis, see a deterioration in their cartilage allowing their bones to rub together causing them a huge amount of pain and reduced mobility.

Ginger has long been used to treat joint inflammation and according to findings by the University of Maryland who studied over two hundred people with osteoarthritis, they reported that people experienced less pain when taking ginger. However, other studies have been inconclusive about gingers anti-inflammatory effects.

It is obviously personal choice and will depend on what type of person you are, whether you choose to use ginger in your food or to put chemicals in your body. Ibuprofen is usually prescribed for joint and back pain, but if you are anything like me, you will always opt for a natural anti-inflammatory before taking that huge ‘pink pill’ because of the potential damage the ibuprofen can do to your stomach.

Cancer

Again, there is conflicting evidence about gingers ability to help (ovarian and colon/colorectal) cancer patients as it can to relieve joint pain. The University of California claims that ginger will probably not help cancer patients, and the University of Maryland declares that (in test tubes), ginger extract has been proven to kill cancer cells.

But what you should also be aware of, is a study which was published in the University Journal of Experimental Gerontology, that reported that one of the compounds found in ginger, zingerone does has anti-carcinogenic properties.

There is a clear need for a lot more research to be completed in this field doesn’t there. I am sure that there is, but if ginger is to hold even a small part of key to the cure of cancer why is it not more widely known that our alien looking spice may be able to help?

And what do you or I do now, after reading about these claims? Well, I will be using ginger in a lot more recipes from today. (Please read the paragraph below on ‘heartburn and ulcers’ for more additional information and a report on the anti carcinogenic properties of ginger).

Yeast Infection

Ginger contains four antifungal properties which can stop the growth of yeast infections in your colon. This is fact, meaning that further research is not needed to see if it ‘could’ help treat this disease. There is evidence to support claims that ginger can also help to reduce the symptoms of yeast infections ranging from salmonella to E. coli.

Vertigo

I’ve had vertigo just one time. It was a frightening experience that I hope never to experience again. I was driving with my daughter in the back (she was two at the time) and we were on our way to collect my partner from work like any other day, when suddenly the world started spinning around and around.

Fortunately I was on a side road and I was able to pull over to the side for fifteen minutes until it passed. If only I’d had a piece of crystallized ginger in my pocket at the time! It would have stopped that nauseous, spinning feeling in not time at all.

So if you suffer with vertigo attacks, start adding ginger to your daily diet – it really can help you.

Heartburn and Stomach Ulcers

Remedy or Cause? Your stomach health may be able to benefit from gingers ‘magical’ healing properties. However, conclusive evidence is scarce and conflicting. It seems that in its ‘powdered’ form, it could cause heartburn, but fresh root ginger can be used to treat your heartburn.

It can also be used to halt the formation of stomach ulcers, as published in the US National Library of Medicine which you can read here, stating that extract from ginger root could ‘contribute to chemo preventative effect’. This basically means that ginger root does have properties to help kill cancer stomach ulcer growth.

flu Flu, Colds and Coughs

Try a herbal tea like they do in Burma, and you should start feeling a whole lot better. Gingers warm, spicy flavor and aroma will set your ‘pathogens’ free helping to destroy cold and flu viruses. You can even relieve your sore throat with the root, like they do in the Philippines.

Migraine Headaches

As with the flu virus, our exotic spice’s natural anti-inflammatory properties can again help to control the nausea and headache, associated with a migraine.

Motion Sickness

Motion sickness may not sound like a serious incapacitating health condition, but if you are on a long journey in the car, sea or perhaps on an aeroplane, it will bring you to your knees. As with the nausea of a migraine and a bout of flu, a portion of fresh or crystallized ginger will really help you to feel normal again.

In the USA, ginger in a supplemented form is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the relief of nausea and vomiting.

Pregnancy Morning Sickness

Ladies, if you are pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, try some ginger tea or add some freshly chopped or ground ginger to your dinner. It is very effective at relieving you of this potentially day long problem.

IMPORTANT: If you are pregnant and want to try ginger, please make sure to talk with your doctor before you take it as TOO MUCH may affect your pregnancy.

Kidney Disease Caused by Alcohol

Kidney damage caused by alcohol could be reversed by the antioxidant effects of this tropical spice. Although this research is only conclusive in a laboratory test on rats, this is a sure sign that ginger could turn around the damage someone does by drinking too much alcohol. So if you are a drinker, or indeed a rat with a drink problem, then start ‘munching’ on some ginger at meal times and you could restore normal functionality to your bodies water filter.

Diabetes

Although ginger is not by any means a cure for diabetes, it could help diabetic adults who suffer with gastrointestinal problems because of their condition. When they get high blood sugar levels, their digestive tract gets ‘upset’ and they can get constipation and gas. Ginger root is known to restoreĀ  normal ‘rhythm’.

Woman’s Period Cramps

Men can ignore this one, apart from running out to the supermarket to buy some ginger for their spouse or partner when she gets her period. Boil the kettle, drop some fresh ginger root in a cup of boiling water and offer it to your wife. This is as effective as taking a pain pill for relief of period cramps.

Is it Better to Eat Ginger as a Food or to Take it as a supplement?

ginger supplement If you have a very sensitive nose or if you don’t like spicy foods you may want to consider taking a supplement instead of drinking it in a herbal tea or in your food, because of the roots pungent smell and tangy taste. The only problem I can see with using the ginger root is that you would need to eat around one thousand milligrams per serving to obtain the best results.

And if you do not eat meals of the type where you can mask the taste of ginger, you may run into trouble. So if you do not, or do not want to eat meals where you can add ginger as one of the ingredients or if you do not drink hot drinks, you will not be able to consume all that goodness without taking a supplemented form.

We recommend Nature’s Way Ginger Root, because of its essential oil ingredients of shogaol and gingerol.

Are There Any Other Fruits, Vegetables or Spices That Have the Same Health Benefits as Ginger?

Yes, there are lots.

  • Anticarcinogenic’s/ Cancer fighters – red peppers, broccoli, sprouts, carrots, garlic, flax, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, kale, nuts, tomatoes, turmeric and avocados.
  • Anti-inflammatories – bell peppers and chilli peppers, green vegetables (sprouts, green beans, spinach, fennel, chard, kale, leeks), garlic, figs, raisins, citrus fruits, eggplants, tomatoes, turmeric, oregano, rosemary, nutmeg, cloves, carrots, pumpkin and carrots.

Ginger Can Increase Your Metabolism

Do you want to burn fat and quickly lose weight? Your friendly ginger root can help. Eat this strange looking spicy root on a regular basis and you will increase your metabolism, thus increasing your chances of burning fat and losing weight. Ginger boosts your lactic acid and increases your metabolic rate, which signals the release of growth hormone in your body. And that in turn increases lipolysis and norepin-ephrine levels.

So whether you drink it, add it to your food or you take ginger in the form of a pill, you can be sure that it is working absolute wonders for your body. You may be interested to know that I do not use it because of any underlying health condition that I may have, I use ginger as a way of preventing future illnesses and common ailments.

About Andy

I have a huge interest in keeping the digestive system in a very healthy condition, because I know from my own personal experience that when you do have problems with your digestion, it can also have many adverse affects on your overall health. You can subscribe to my free daily news paper at Improve Your Digestion and follow me on Facebook or on Twitter.

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