Ginger is not all about adding a tongue-tingling touch to your meals.
The stalwart aromatic root occupies a venerable role in medicine.
Modern research supports its efficacy as a safe remedy for nausea, travel sickness, intestinal spasmolytic and flatulence among other common-place maladies.
The good thing about Ginger is that you can get it at your favorite supermarket or farmer’s market. In fact, if you don’t already have ginger in your house then you should go ahead and get some after reading this post.
It is that important and below you are going to learn why and how.
A Closer Look At The Health Benefits Of Ginger
1. Efficient Cure For Respiratory Tract Infections
An infusion of freshly sliced ginger dipped in boiling water has a slight burning sensation on the respiratory tract making it an ideal soothing agent for managing coughs, colds and flu.
Its pungent scent diffuses fast into your nasal cavity to ease nasal congestion by dilating bronchial tubes.
Drink up 3-4 cups of ginger tea until your symptoms disappear. You may also chew or squeeze juice from a fresh root to get its benefits.
Well, it may not be 100% effective all the time but it indeed does work in 95% of the cases – especially if used to deal with mild symptoms of respiratory infections.
2. The Easiest Way To Ease Arthritis Pain
Persons diagnosed with arthritis find ginger’s analgesic effect on painful joints quite welcome.
Gingerols, the main anti-inflammatory compound in ginger appears to ease pain and improve mobility of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis sufferers.
In a study involving 7 women with arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis), significant reductions in joint swelling were reported after a daily regimen of 5-50grams of fresh ginger.
For maximum effect, take 10 grams three times per day or drink 4 cups of ginger tea. Alternatively, you can massage the affected region with ginger oil.
3. Helps To Ease Muscle Ache
Ginger massage oil offers a significant measure of relief from muscle cramps and strains when directly massaged into the aching muscles or sore.
This is in part happens because of the herbs rich anti-inflammatory properties.
When consumed in a standardized form, ginger may considerably lower the level of prostaglandins (body’s natural pain initiating compounds).
Relief usually comes within 10 to 30 minutes after the massage. If it takes longer than that and you can see some symptoms of swelling then you might need to see a doctor.
4. Promotes A Healthy Heart
Ginger helps to support a well-functioning cardiovascular system by reducing the “stickiness” of blood platelets.
This by extension reduces the risk of blood clots (people using anti-coagulants or aspirin should not use Ginger for this reason).
Much recent research shows that ginger may help with the treatment of certain circulatory disorders like Raynaud’s Disease and cold extremities.
Additionally, ginger helps lower blood pressure and pulsing effect temporarily and that definitely prevents complications such as high blood pressure and stroke from occurring.
5. A Proper Functioning Digestive System
Having two to three cups of ginger tea every day can help relieve flatulence and stomach cramps from bloating.
Ginger works by soothing the digestive system which reduces pain. The best way to take this remedy is to blend grated ginger with diluted lime juice.
6. No More Dizzy Days
Ginger has a natural “rejuvenating” effect that helps dispel dizziness in a matter of seconds.
This remedy works well (particularly) when motion sickness is to blame. Apart from heightening your alertness, a daily dose of ginger also serves to improve your steadiness.
Older people with unsteady legs find this ginger benefit quite helpful.
7. The Natural Remedy Of Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is characterized by symptoms such as vomiting and cold sweats (much like seasickness).
In a popular study that has been cited in numerous journal articles, some Danish naval cadets were divided into two groups – one group was given 1 gram of crushed ginger and the other a placebo.
The first group (those given ginger) had fewer incidents of nausea and cold sweats than the second group (given placebo).
Quite a few other studies have confirmed the hypotheses concerning ginger powders calming effect.
In order to benefit from Ginger’s powerful effects, you’re advised to take at least 100mg of the powder before departing – and then every five hours afterward.
Ginger root is a popular remedy used across different cultures of the globe for many centuries. Many conventional medicines have actually been sourced from the main active ingredients of ginger.
With all that said, I can confidently conclude that “Grandma was always right about the immense power of ginger.”