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ginger

 

From flavorings to condiments to health benefits, Ginger is a one spice that everyone should have in their home.

When it is fresh, the ginger root is slightly spicy,sweet and juicy. Dried it becomes more spicy and adds the perfect amount of zest to many different types of dishes all over the globe. Looking for a great alternative to candy? Try crystalized ginger.

Ginger is more than just tasty, is also can provide you with a whole host of health benefits, and has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. Here are just a few ways that you can use Ginger.

Upset Stomach

Even today, ginger is probably the most recommended way to deal with an upset stomach, nausea or indigestion.

Sore Muscles

Studies have found that eating raw ginger or ginger products every day can lessen muscle pain that is associated with working out. It has also been shown to help reduce the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and muscular discomfort, according to a study conducted at Odense University in Denmark.

 Combats Motion Sickness

Ginger is well known for its ability to lessen nausea that is associated with motion sickness.

 Effective Relief for Migraines

A study conducted at Odense University found that ginger can provider effective relief for pain that is common with migraine headaches. Ginger is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for a number of neurological disorders.

 PMS Relief

Ginger is a very good way to deal with the cramps associated with PMS and menstrual pain and cramps. It has been shown to be as effective as ibuprophen and mefenamic acid according to a study conducted in Iran that was published The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

 Morning Sickness Relief

Several studies conducted by Italian researchers and then published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology showed that ginger is effective in relieving nausea in most pregnant women.

 Treats Cold and Flu

Ginger is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat the symptoms of colds and flu According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines a simple tea made from boiling fresh ginger in water and sweetened with honey, can relieve coughs and upper respiratory congestion.

Managing Blood Sugar

The Journal of International Food Sciences and Nutrition, in India conducted a study that identified ginger as potentially able to manage Type 2 diabetes, because it can help stabilize blood sugar levels.

 May help prevent cancer

The University of Minnesota Hormel Institute in Austin, Minnesota, is conducting a study that suggests that ginger might be able to slow the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.

Another study at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, is showing that ginger may be capable of fighting ovarian cancer.

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