Ginger: Best for Treating Nausea or Arthritis Pain

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By kam November 21, 2013 10:27

Ginger: Best for Treating Nausea or Arthritis Pain

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  • Ginger is the root of a vegetable that is used around the world for its many super food health benefits. It is used in teas, ales, beers, cookies, breads, and more.

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Ginger is the root of a vegetable that is used around the world for its many super food health benefits. It is used in teas, ales, beers, cookies, breads, and more. Historically, almost every culture has used ginger to reduce inflammation, stimulate immunity, and enhance digestion.

Oral or topical uses of ginger to treat various disorders, such as nausea or arthritis pain, are under research, but no conclusions are possible from these studies about its effectiveness or safety in long-term use. Ginger was also found can treat nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy.

“The most likely way to administer ginger as a painkiller would be in the form of a tea taken several times a day, but more work needs to be done on the amount of ginger powder needed per dose to take effect, and the time required between doses.” For most people, taking 1,000 milligrams of powdered ginger root is effective or two drops two times daily of ginger essential oil.

Ginger: Health Benefits, Facts, Research

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.

The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric, and is commonly produced in India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia.

This featured article provides an in-depth look at the possible health benefits of ginger, its nutritional profile, how to incorporate more ginger into your diet and any potential health risks associated with consuming it.

Possible health benefits of ginger

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

1) Digestive issues

The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.

2) Nausea

Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment.

Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies.

During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within. As such, in the wake of a cold, ginger tea is particularly useful.

3) Pain reduction

A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.

Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea (severe pain during a menstrual cycle). In one study, 83% of women taking ginger capsules reported improvements in pain symptoms compared to 47% of those on placebo.

4) Inflammation

Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions.

 A study published in Cancer Prevention Research journal found that a ginger root supplement administered to volunteer participants reduced inflammation markers in the colon within a month. Researchers on the study explained that by decreasing inflammation, the risk of colon cancer is also likely to decrease. Ginger has also shown promise in clinical trials for treating inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

 Ginger – nutritional profile

Using fresh ginger is an easy way to flavor foods and drinks without adding unnecessary sodium. Since it is often consumed in such small amounts, ginger does not add significant quantities of calories, carbohydrate, protein or fiber.

Ginger does contain numerous other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds beneficial to health such as gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate.

Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:

 

Carbohydrate – 17.77 g

Dietary Fiber – 2 g

Protein – 1.82 g

Dietary Fiber – 2 g

Sugars – 1.7 g

Sodium – 13 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.16 mg

Calcium – 16 mg

Iron – 0.6 mg

Vitamin C – 5 mg

Potassium – 415 mg

Magnesium – 43 mg

Phosphorus – 34 mg

Zinc – 0.34 mg

Folate – 11 mcg

Riboflavin – 0.034 mg

Niacin – 0.75 mg

Iron – 0.6 mg

 

 

Written  by Megan Ware RDN LD

Source   : www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

Tags :  #ginger #natural  #alternative  #ayurveda #naturopathy #heath #digestive  #nausea #pain # inflammation

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By kam November 21, 2013 10:27
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