Common forms of ginger include fresh root, dried root, liquid extract, tea, tablets, capsules, and ginger oil. You can consume ginger in the way it suits you. In whichever form you take it, ginger has innumerable health benefits and helps in many conditions.
These are some of the benefits of ginger
1. Relieving nausea during pregnancy or motion sickness
Ginger helps in alleviating nausea and reduces all the signs of motion sickness like dizziness, vomiting and cold sweats. It thus helps the body by settling the stomach and easing discomfort due to vomiting. It is also used to reduce morning sickness or feelings of nausea and discomfort during pregnancy. Taken in small doses, it is considered to be beneficial and free of side effects.
2. Relieving menstrual cramps
Ginger helps the body is reducing pain during periods caused by the contractions of the uterus. Ginger helps by reducing the levels of prostaglandins, a natural substance produced by the body, hence relieving the cramps. Ginger tea helps to reduce menstrual aches.
- Anti-inflammatory effects
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances reduce pain and improve mobility amongst people who suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Put simply, the cartilage in your joints wears down over time. As ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, ginger or its extracts have been used for osteoarthritis. It is also considered a good antidote for rheumatoid arthritis by reducing swelling and pain, and increasing mobility. It also is the best antidote for aging knees.
4. A remedy for coughs and colds
Ginger helps the body fight illnesses like the common cough and cold. It is also an excellent remedy for sore throats to drink ginger tea, or suck dried or candied ginger. Simply adding a tablespoon of chopped ginger mixed in dishes will fight off infections. You can also pour a few drops of ginger oil and inhale. The practice opens up the nasal passages.
5. Reducing the risk of heart attacks
In the body, thromboxane compounds induce clumping of blood platelets and constricting of blood vessels. “Ginger” dissolves the clumping of blood platelets, thus reducing blood clots and the risk of heart attacks. It is also useful for patients of high blood pressure by improving circulation.
6. A natural aphrodisiac
“Ginger” has the ability to improve circulation and sensitivity in erogenous zones, the areas with nerve endings that heighten sexual response.
Based on tradition and time-tested efficacy, ginger has been used and is still being used in alleviating many symptoms and medical conditions.
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