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Ginger

Background

Ginger originates from China, but today it is used all around the world. Ginger has been used in oriental medicine and home remedies for over 2,500 years to treat a variety of diseases! You can buy ginger as a powdered spice, or as fresh ginger root at most grocery stores. The ginger plant is related to other spices like turmeric and cardamom. Ginger can be used to add flavour to stir-fries, soups, or salad dressings. It is also commonly used as an dry ingredient in teas, or blended fresh into homemade juices.

Benefits

  • Ginger contains bioactive compounds that lower inflammation in the body. Research strongly supports ginger’s beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal system, including digestive stimulation, anti-inflammatory and possible anti-cancer effects.
  • There is research to show that ginger may also provide lipid lowering, cardioprotective properties alongside anti-obesity effects, and anti-cancer properties. More research needs to be done to confirm these benefits in high-quality human studies.
  • Ginger provides potassium. Potassium is used throughout the body to help control your fluid levels and blood pressure, keeping your body systems in balance.
  • Ginger also contains magnesium. Magnesium is an important nutrient for many reasons: it is used to make and strengthen your bones and teeth, keep your muscles strong, and keep your nerves working properly.

Did You Know

You may have heard the advice to drink ginger ale if you feel nauseous or sick. The reasoning behind this home remedy comes from research showing that consuming ginger may have an effect against nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness from pregnancy, menstrual cramps, and more. How exactly ginger can help you feel better is not well understood. More research is being done in this area!

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