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Top 5 Health Benefits of Ginger

Monday, 07 Feb 2011 01:35 PM

Ginger is a plant generally covered in a brownish skin. Native to India and China, its name is derived from the Sanskrit word "stinga-vera," which means “with a body like a horn," or resembling antlers. A great way to incorporate ginger into your diet is through the use of ginger tea — just add a few slices of ginger to boiling water and let it brew for ten to 15 minutes.

Here are the top five benefits of ginger:

1. Digestion: Ginger is historically known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. It aids in producing digestive fluids and saliva, helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, stomach cramping, and diarrhea. Ginger has always been regarded as an excellent way to eliminate intestinal gas and help relax and soothe the intestinal track.

2. Motion sickness: Ginger is very effective in combating and preventing the symptoms of motion sickness and seasickness. In an independent study it was found that ginger may be more effective in preventing seasickness than the commonly-used drug Dramamine.

3. Anti-inflammatory effects: Regular use of ginger reduces pain and improves mobility in people afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

4. Protection against colorectal cancer: Gingerols, components in ginger, inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Researchers say that the ginger compounds may be effective in chemically preventing and treating colorectal cancers.

5. Strengthens immune system: Ginger promotes healthy sweating, which not only detoxifies the body, but may also help fight off infections. Sweat contains a germ-fighting agent, and it acts against micro organisms like E.Coli and fungi.

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