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Ginger: Powerful Medicine

GingerYou are probably familiar with taking Ginger for nausea, whether from motion sickness or pregnancy. But Ginger has much more to offer. Ginger is rich in phytonutrients called gingerols, which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral health benefits.

 

Ginger can help with (1) :

  • Acute infections, fever, common cold

  • Acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma

  • Digestive weakness, indigestion, intestinal colic, abdominal bloating, flatulence

  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

  • Painful menstruation, endometriosis

  • Impaired peripheral circulation, Raynaud’s syndrome

  • Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (2)

  • Chemo-therapy induced nausea and vomiting (3)

How to include ginger into your daily eating habits?

  • Add grated ginger and coconut oil to your breakfast cereal for a tropical flavour.

  • Add grated ginger to your stir-fries and seafood for a tasty kick.

  • Add ginger to your smoothies and fresh juices.

  • Make an energising ginger tea by simply adding boiling water to approx. 1 teaspoon of grated ginger per cup and allow to sit for 10 minutes before drinking.

  • Drink your last ginger tea before bed. Ginger promotes good circulation and removes waste products that are likely to accumulate around your joints especially when you are resting.

Food is medicine

According to Health Freedom News (4), arthritis patients were given just under a tablespoon of ginger daily for three months, either in the form of 5 grams of fresh ginger root or 1½ grams of ginger powder.  Both forms worked equally well. Every one of the patients noted marked improvement: ability to get around better, less swelling and less start-of-the-day stiffness.

Caution

Although a natural remedy, be cautious in peptic ulcerations, gallstones and with warfarin (1).

For more information and specific dosages, please contact Anita@Missinglinkhealth.com.au

  1. Bone, Kerry 2007, The Ultimate Herbal Compendium. Phytotherapy Press, Warwick

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