Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2017 11:40:22


GINGER is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine. However, ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries among many cultures. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. Here are some benefits of ginger... For Digestive issues Ginger juice contains certain volatile oils that can help awaken your taste buds and get the juices flowing.

It purifies the mouth and stimulates the production of saliva which aids the digestion process. Having a combination of ginger juice, salt and lime before or after a meal makes it easier to digest your food. Relief of Nausea Ginger appears to be highly effective against nausea. It relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

But it may be the most effective when it comes to pregnancy-related nausea, such as morning sickness. For Motion, Morning Sickness Ginger is a known effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75 per cent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu. Cold and Flu Prevention Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. Ginger juice has amazing antibacterial properties.

Consuming ginger juice with dried pepper can help eliminate mucous and congestion in the lungs. To cure cold, mix equal quantities of ginger juice and honey and drink it warm at least two to three times in a day. Drinking plain ginger juice can also help in clearing a sore throat. Steep 2 tbsp of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day helps cure colds and flu.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.

Maintains Normal Blood Circulation Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat. Improves absorption Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion. Pain reduction Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is known to act is a pain reliever.

A very effective remedy for back pain is to mix a spoonful of ginger juice with some olive oil and massage it over your skin. Leave it overnight and you will feel relieved the next morning. It can also help in curing a toothache or a pulsating migraine headache. For a toothache, it is best to keep a small piece of ginger between you cheek and tooth and let the natural juices do the work. For migraine, drink two tablespoons of ginger juice with honey. You can even rub some ginger juice on your stomach to get relieve from a sinus headache. Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea.

It is effective against exercise-induced muscle pain. Combats Stomach Discomfort Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache. Ginger appears to reduce inflammation. Cancer Prevention A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells. Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells. Fights Common Respiratory Problems If you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.. That way you can quickly recover from difficulty in breathing.

Cure for acne This is easily understandable as acne is an inflammatory condition and ginger is known got its anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural and effective treatment for acne and acne scars. You can directly apply a small amount of ginger juice on the affected area and leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and let it dry. The Vitamin C in ginger juice can help in clearing skin blemishes.

You can even use the juice to make ginger tea which is great for detoxifying the skin. Strengthens Immunity Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation. Protection from UV Rays Research data has shown ginger possesses UV absorbing capabilities that protect against DNA damage related toUV-B light. Extracts from ginger stimulated antioxidant production, suggesting protective effects against potentially damaging UV light.

Potential health risks of consuming ginger Natural ginger is safe for most people and causes little to no known side effects. It may exacerbate symptoms of acid reflux in some people. Ginger has an extremely robust flavor which makes consuming it a little bit tricky. But it mixes incredibly well into tea or juice, it can be a great ingredient in a recipe. (This post is for enlightenment purposes only. Always consult your healthcare provider before making any health-related decisions) (This article is compiled by C Nishi)