The many benefits of ginger

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Ginger Madagascar

Ginger of Madagascar has been used for centuries in Western medicine and its most well-known use is to relieve nausea and stomach aches.
In its natural state, it is undoubtedly one of the best natural remedies for nausea. There is no need to take a large amount, a small chopped piece of it the size of a fingernail is enough to be extraordinarily effective.
But a lot of research suggests that this natural root has many other benefits: arthritis, heart health, weight control, asthma…discover its qualities.

Ginger, naturally anti-inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it a valuable ally in pain relief. An American study has shown that ginger extract has significantly contributed to reducing knee pain in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
Earlier this same study showed that female athletes taking three grams of ginger or cinnamon per day (less than one teaspoon) experienced a significant reduction in muscle pain. In women, it reduced the symptoms of menstrual cramps.
In addition to its potential to relieve muscle and joint pain, ginger helps to reduce the intensity of migraines.

Ginger and asthma

Another recent study, which was presented at the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference, found that the combination of ginger compounds with the asthma drug isoproterenol improved its bronchodilator effects. Part of the explanation for ginger’s action on asthma is its potent antioxidant activity, which is attributed to constituents such as gingerol, shoagok and zingerone. In particular, these compounds are thought to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Because ginger improves bronchodilation, it may help as a natural supplement to currently marketed drugs.


Ginger for nausea and digestive discomfort

Ginger of Madagascar is wonderful for your gastrointestinal tract because it is both carminative (evacuates intestinal gases) and an intestinal spasmolytic (which means it prevents spasms by soothing your digestive tract). If you suffer from motion sickness or nausea (nausea during pregnancy, chemotherapy treatment…), ginger should be a staple in your diet. Research shows that taking one gram of ginger a day can help reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Daily ginger supplementation reduces the severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Ginger can help reduce vomiting and other symptoms of motion sickness.


Ginger may be useful for diabetics.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, ginger may be of interest to you. Ginger of Madagascar can be both preventative and therapeutic. It has been shown by an American study that taking three grams of dry ginger powder for 30 days by diabetics resulted in a significant reduction in blood sugar, triglycerides, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Ginger is thought to have a positive effect on diabetes for several reasons:
– It inhibits enzymes in the metabolism of carbohydrates…
– It increases insulin release
– It improves lipid profiles
– Ginger also has a protective effect on the complications of diabetes, protecting the liver, eyes, kidneys and central nervous system.

Ginger: feeling full and controlling hunger

Another benefit of this hot-flavoured spice, ginger is known to improve thermogenesis and reduce hunger, making it a great ingredient in a weight loss program. Like cayenne pepper or turmeric, ginger can increase thermogenesis in the body, where your body burns fuel such as fat to create heat, which of course draws on fat storage. Regular consumption of ginger can increase fat burning by up to 16%.

Even more reasons to eat ginger

Ginger is a broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, with antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties, to name only its most common actions. According to research compiled by GreenMedInfo, ginger may also be useful for :
– Improving cognitive function in middle-aged women,
– Protection against respiratory viruses
– Reduce dizziness
– Improve fat digestion and absorption
– Protecting against the toxic effects of environmental chemicals, such as parabens
– Helping to lower cholesterol levels
– Protecting the heart

How to use ginger?

One of the simplest ways is to cut a small piece of ginger root and let it infuse in hot water with tea. You can also peel the root with a peeling knife, then slice (or chop) and add the ginger of Madagascar to your ready meals. You can also use food supplements containing ginger. The essential oil of ginger can be used in case of digestive discomfort, menstrual pain, muscle pain or arthritis.