Ginger is one of the oldest and most popular spices and has beneficial properties other than as a great seasoning. It comes in a variety of forms, including fresh, ground, candied, and in baked goods and tea.
Here are some of the benefits of ginger:
- Nausea fighter--Whether you suffer from motion sickness or you have a nervous stomach, drink ginger tea or munch on a small amount of fresh ginger to alleviate nausea. Your children might get carsick on long trips, so it's always a good idea to keep a stash of ginger chews handy in your snack bag. Ginger also helps reduce nausea caused by migraines headaches.
- Gas reducer--Ginger is an excellent digestive aid. If you feel discomfort from intestinal gas, try sipping on ginger tea after each meal. Try it hot or cold. Not only is it delicious with its dessert-like flavor, you'll be able to alleviate abdominal bloat. You can purchase packaged ginger tea or make it yourself by steeping a tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger in a cup of hot water. Drink it plain or sweeten it with honey or stevia.
- Inflammation reducer--If you suffer from pain as a result of inflammation in the soft tissue anywhere in your body, you may benefit from sipping ginger tea or taking a capsule of ground ginger root. Those who suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis may enjoy pain relief from decreased inflammation when adding ginger to their daily regimen.
- Circulation stimulator--Ginger is used in many cultures to "warm the blood." In other words, it aids in circulation, which in turn gives you an overall feeling of well-being.
- Virus fighter--You may discover that adding ginger to your diet during cold and flu season helps you stave off the sniffles and sneezes.
- Pain reliever--If you suffer from a sore throat caused by a virus or allergies, sip on ginger tea for relief. Many women who suffer from menstrual cramps have discovered that their pain diminishes when adding ginger to their diets during their monthly periods.
- Powerful antioxidant--Ginger has proven to be a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and promotes healthy cell growth.
Eating foods seasoned with ginger should be harmless for most people. However, before taking ginger in supplement form, consult your doctor. Large amounts of it may interfere with some medications or worsen certain health conditions. High doses of ginger may slow the clotting of blood or cause bruising, so avoid taking it when using blood-thinning drugs.