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The Power of Ginger

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In a perfect world, all food could be created equal: high nutritional value, healing properties, and tastiness to boot. Luckily, we have ginger!

For centuries, people have been using herbs in recipes for their healing properties, and ginger root is no exception. Despite it being one of my favorite herbs, ginger is an amazing herb that has many healing properties, for everyday uses as well as more serious chronic diseases.

Motion sickness:
Studies show that when compared to a placebo, new sailors that took powdered ginger were less likely to have cold-sweats and vomiting. Although ginger may not work as well as over-the-counter medicines, it also has no side effects.

Nausea and vomiting:
Studies show that ginger can give relief for post-chemotherapy nausea, and nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “in a study of 261 people with OA of the knee, those who took a ginger extract twice daily had less pain and needed fewer pain-killing medications than those who received placebo.”

Ginger is known to simulate circulation, which may prevent internal blood clots, and prevent heart attacks. Ginger can also provide a warming effect, promoting a healthy sweat which can assist in detoxification, and aid in kicking a cold or flu.

Along with nausea, ginger is known to aid in gas and digestion relief.

Immune system:
Ginger is a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial. Because it alleviates throat pain and congestion, it is great for colds!

Inflammation is known to be one of the leading causes of chronic disease, and unfortunately it is becoming more and more prevalent in America. Ginger not only inhibits inflammatory effects, but also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ovarian Cancer:
Studies have shown that gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis and autophagocytosis — programmed cell death and self-digestion.

Colon Cancer:
Research suggests that gingerols may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.

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