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The Benefits of Ginger: A Little Spice and Everything Nice

Is ginger good for you? You bet it is!

You might already be familiar with ginger when cooking. If you are a fan of both Asian and Indian food, you probably love its spicy flavor! But did you know that it has also been used throughout history for medicinal purposes?

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Ginger can be eaten for health benefits fresh, dried, powdered, and as an oil or juice. It is known to help reduce nausea and relieve gastrointestinal irritation, and stimulate bile and saliva production. Some believe that it can help to prevent colon cancer and constipation by increasing the movement of bowels through the digestive tract.

If you are feeling nauseated, simply chewing it raw or adding it to tea can help. Many of us even remember our moms giving us ginger ale when we were sick because it helped to soothe our stomachs.

By drinking tea, your body will keep warm. By promoting sweating, it will help give relief from colds and flus.

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For women, ingesting ginger has been known to reduce the symptoms of menstrual pain. For centuries, people used it to reduce inflammation and conditions, such as osteoarthritis.

Ginger is also great for your cardiovascular health! It helps to reduce cholesterol and promotes good blood sugar levels. Some even believe that it could soon be utilized to treat heart disease and diabetes!

In addition, this incredible root is full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin and niacin.

Be certain to add ginger into your diet each and everyday! If you don’t know what to do with it, try adding it to a smoothie or homemade juice, a stir fry, tea, curry, or even cookies. Yum!

 

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