Ginger: Nutritional value
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• Good for the Heart
• Good for the Skin
• Helps the Digestive System
Ginger is truly an amazing ingredient for juicing. Pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and soothing are just a few of the many invaluable properties ginger possesses as a medicinal food.
A staple ingredient in Asian, African and Indian cuisines, ginger is often cooked into food dishes to add a zingy, exciting flavour. It is widely used as a medicinal tea as well. But even though it is so used for its amazing flavouring capability, it’s role extends well beyond the most common uses in the kitchen. For centuries, ginger root has been used for it’s huge impact on the digestive tract, where it aids in the dispersion of gas, helps to ease nausea and helps in the absorption of nutrients.
Ginger is widely known as a very effective medicine for motion and sea sickness, being able to reduce a variety of symptoms including dizziness and vomiting. This marvel of a root can also help relieve morning sickness during pregnancy, and unlike all the drug-based anti-emetics that can potentially have harmful side effects, ginger is a gift of nature and safe to use.
Arthritis: A Valuable Aid
Ginger is a proven aid in fighting osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, by helping reducing pain and swelling in the joints. It also improves mobility, if taken on a regular basis. It possesses antioxidant and very powerful anti-inflammatory properties which are responsible for suppressing the substances that trigger joint inflammation.
The Ginger and the Heart
This amazing medicinal food also helps supporting heart health. Ginger prevents blood platelets from sticking together and also lowers cholesterol leves. These offer protection against strokes and heart attacks. Ginger also works in stimulating the circulation and it’s really effective in the alleviation of coughs and fever caused by colds and the flu.
This article was written using information available online and also on the book The Top 100 Healing Foods: 100 Foods to Relieve Common Ailments and Enhance Health and Vitality (The Top 100 Recipes Series), by Paula Bartimeus. Available from Amazon.