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Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale roscoe) is a member of the Zinigiberacae family of plants. The plants is native to Asia but is now cultivated in the West Indies, Africa, India and other tropical regions.

The underground stem (rhizome) is used for preparation of ginger and can be obtain in colors varying from white to brown, depending on whether the exterior is scraped off and how it is initially treated.

This rhizome can be processed into powder, syrup, volatile oil and oleoresin. It also exhibit lots of great uses such as: in dietary supplements, beverages and food products(such as curry powder, soups, jams and baked goods).

Aside from all these uses above, it also has numerous benefits:

1.      Helps calm Nausea and Vomiting

Clinical studies have proven ginger’s effectiveness at calming nausea and vomiting. Research has also confirmed its potential against chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The majority of studies found a positive effect against this side effect of aggressive therapies. Ginger may be a powerful option for those suffering from toxic medical procedures like these.

2.      Digestive Tract Protection

Ginger has also been historically used for flatulence, constipation, bloating, and other digestive complaints. In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found ginger to be effective for stress related ulcers.

3.      Migraine Relief

Ginger powder has been proven to help reduce migraine related discomforts without side effects.

4.      Supports Stable Blood Sugar

Ginger has repeatedly demonstrated powerful blood sugar balancing effects. It acts on insulin release and sensitivity, and supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. In addition to its effectiveness as a blood sugar stabilizer, ginger has also demonstrated powerful protective effects against diabetic kidney, eye and liver complications.

5.      Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure

Extracts from ginger has been proven to be effective in the regulation of a healthy blood pressure and combating hypertension.

               Ginger has an extremely robust flavor which makes consuming it a little bit tricky. It might be too strong to ingest on its own, but as mentioned earlier, it mixes well into tea or juice, it can be a great ingredient in a recipe, and you can also find it as an ingredient in some healthy snacks.

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