You may be familiar with the ultra-thin slices of freshly cut ginger that come with your order of sushi. These slivers of ginger come in hues ranging from a light rosy pink to a pale pastel yellow. The ginger accompanying your sushi is to be eaten after your meal to help with digestion. You may also already know that it’s wonderful for opening up the sinus’ but there are many more health benefits of ginger beyond this.
Ginger is commonly used for motion sickness. The gastrointestinal soothing properties of ginger have demonstrated it’s effectiveness in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness and especially of seasickness. Some studies have shown ginger to be far superior to Dramamine, an over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness. This wonderful spice also reduces symptoms associated with motion sickness such as dizziness, cold sweating, nausea and vomiting. And unlike anti-vomiting drugs, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, ginger has no negative side effects and only a small dose is needed. One capsule before a car or boat ride is recommended to prevent motion sickness. Carrying a bottle of ginger capsules may prove essential for individuals who suffer from motion sickness regularly. You may also chew on a piece of peeled ginger to relieve motion sickness.
Help heal a sore throat by adding some ginger and a dash of honey to some hot water. Sip on this drink throughout the day. This drink can also help alleviate colds. To flush out a cold faster, boil water and ginger and inhale the steam, this will help clear the nasal passages and sooth the respiratory system. Ginger’s warming properties can be attributed to its stimulation of the circulatory system. This in-turn assists with healthy sweating which helps one to detoxify and eliminate toxins.
For asthma a mixture of ginger juice, fenugreek, thyme and honey is excellent. This mix helps expel mucous and other irritants out of the respiratory track for easier breathing. To make this drink even more effective add mullein. Mullein combined with these other ingredients helps to loosen and expel hardened mucous out of the lungs. For best results use this remedy for 3 months.
To relax and soothe sore muscles and stimulate circulation, use a ginger compress. Grate a cup of ginger and squeeze the juice out. Add 4 cups of hot water, dip a small towel in and wring it out. The towel can be placed on the affected area to soothe and relax muscles and stimulate circulation.
Scientific research has shown numerous therapeutic properties in ginger. Among these are antioxidant effects and inflammation reduction. These properties can be attributed to powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Consuming ginger on a regular basis can help alleviate pain and improve mobility in people with arthritis. Using ginger for arthritis pain relief may be as effective, if not more so, than taking ibuprofen. One major ginger benefit is that there are no negative side effects to using ginger like there are with ibuprofen.
Inflammation itself is a symptom of the body that is an indication of disease. Whether inflammation is acute or just beginning, it’s always best to find the source of the cause of inflammation before beginning an herbal remedy. Ginger can be used in the meantime to reduce swelling of the affected area and ease discomfort.
An active phenolic compound in ginger provides free-radical protection. Known as 6-gingerol, this powerful compound has been shown to significantly inhibit the production of nitric oxide, a highly reactive nitrogen molecule which forms a very damaging free radical known as peroxynitrite. Ginger has also been shown to suppress pro-inflammation compounds.
Ginger has also been recommended to help regulate blood glucose levels. To achieve this, drink ginger in water first thing in the morning. You can also try eating small amounts of ginger on a regular basis. Fresh ginger slices paired with sushi are delicious. Sautéing ginger with vegetables or other main courses is also a great option. You can even grate a small amount of fresh ginger on top of frozen yogurt or any other dessert to kick up the flavor.
When selecting ginger, it’s best to buy fresh instead of dried versions. Fresh ginger is superior in flavor and contains higher levels of gingerol. You can find fresh ginger root in the produce section of your grocery store.
Ginger is available in many forms. We always recommend using Nature’s Sunshine Ginger. It comes in easy to swallow capsules and is the highest quality ginger you’ll find. Nature’s Sunshine Products undergo intensive research to ensure we get only the best quality and the best part of a plant to produce the most effective products available in the market. Our quality control is unsurpassed and our products prove it!
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