The Health Benefits of Ginger: From Anti-Nausea to Lower Blood Pressure & Beyond

Posted December 13, 2007. There has been 1 comment

Do suffer from motion sickness in cars, airplanes or on boats? The benefits of ginger can relieve your motion sickness and make you healthier!

Pickled ginger, ginger beer, gingerbread, gingersnaps.

We come across these forms of ginger pretty regularly. After all, ginger tastes great!

Warm and spicy, people have used ginger root for centuries to flavor everything from vegetables and meats to tea and desserts. In medieval Europe, it was a condiment on the table along with salt and pepper. In taverns, people used to sprinkle powdered ginger in their beer to make the first "ginger ale."

What we often call ginger root is actually the underground rhizome of the ginger plant and much more than a tasty addition at the table. The benefits of ginger and its medicinal qualities make it an effective treatment for a variety of ailments.

Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda recommend ginger root to heal digestive troubles and decrease inflammation, and new research supports that this ancient cure has modern healing power!

The Power of Ginger

Ginger has amazing health benefits and can help with these conditions:1

  • Osteoarthritis. Ginger is an effective osteoarthritis treatment, specifically for the knee.
  • Inflammation. Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents called gingerols.
  • Nausea and vomiting. People experiencing motion sickness often use ginger to alleviate their symptoms.
  • Morning sickness. Pregnant women have found relief using ginger to eliminate morning sickness.
  • High blood pressure. Ginger can decrease blood pressure and acts as a blood thinner.
  • Digestion. Ginger promotes the production and secretion of bile from the liver and gall bladder, helping to improve your digestion of fats.
  • Free radical damage. Ginger is an amazing antioxidant and offers considerable protection against free radicals.
  • Radiation exposure. Ginger has been shown to protect your body from radiation, possibly in conjunction with its antioxidant capabilities.
  • High blood sugar. Ginger can help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • High cholesterol. One study found that ginger can lower blood cholesterol levels, possibly pointing to ginger as an effective treatment for heart disease.
  • Cancer. In lab tests, ginger extracts were found to destroy ovarian cancer cells. Another study found that the gingerols may inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer.

Body Ecology and Ginger

Because ginger has so many amazing health benefits, we use it in a variety of recipes.

Here are some ways you can enjoy ginger:

  • Ginger Tea - Boil several slices of ginger root in one quart of water for about 15-20 minutes. Add Lakanto all-natural no-calorie sweetener to taste, then let the tea sit for a half hour or more. You can make your Ginger Tea stronger or weaker depending on your taste.
  • Also Check Out the Delicious Ginger Cranberry Sauce with Zero-Calorie Lakanto Recipe !
  • Harvest Soup - This is a great fall soup and especially healing when you add ginger.

Ingredients:

1 - 2 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil, ghee or butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 - 5 medium carrots, chopped
3 medium red potatoes, chopped
1 medium fennel bulb with stalk and leaves (optional)
Broccoli stems from one bunch of broccoli, chopped
Sea salt or Herbamare to taste
Ginger and/or Curry flavoring to taste

Directions:

  1. In stockpot, sauté onion in oil, ghee or butter.
  2. Add other vegetables and enough water to cover.
  3. When vegetables are tender, purée ingredients and
  4. return to the stockpot.
  5. Add more water to achieve desired consistency, Celtic Sea Salt, or Herbamare and other seasonings.
  6. Simmer 10 more minutes and serve.

Ginger is an effective osteoarthritis treatment and can ease motion sickness. Experience the benefits of ginger for yourself with pure, organic powdered ginger today!

For a wonderful source of antioxidant ginger, we recommend dried ginger from Vital Choice.

Ginger, and all Vital Choice spices are:

  • Non-Irradiated
  • Free of MSG
  • Certified Organic
  • Certified Kosher

Sprinkle on Health

Add some ginger to your favorite foods today. Whether you're looking for an osteoarthritis treatment, suffer from nausea or just want some antioxidant protection, the benefits of ginger are universal, and delicious!

Sources:

  1. "Ginger may useful in treating osteoarthritis pain," AllAboutArthritis.com.
  2. R.F. Ahern, "Mal de Mer," Geocities.com. http://www.geocities.com/freighterman.geo/seasickness.html
  3. Sahelian, Ray, "Ginger," RaySahelian.com. http://www.raysahelian.com/ginger.html
    Ginger, TheEpicentre.com.
    http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/ginger.html
  4. Ginger, WHFoods.org. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

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1 Comment

  • I was taking two blood pressure medications that could not control my blood pressure, then I read about ginger, drank the tea combined with slices of the root and my blood pressure is normal 110/70. I only take the 40mg of diavon in the morning. My pressure is normal at night so I do not take the 25mg of metroprolol.

    Posted on Oct 23 at 5:42 am

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