Let’s talk about ginger. It is among the healthiest spices on the planet with powerful medicinal properties.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice. Please make sure you use food grade if you are going to use an essential oil on your skin or in your food.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem. It is also highly effective against nausea. Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
This area of research is relatively new, but ginger may have powerful anti-diabetic properties. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%. Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also help improve brain function in elderly women.
So, if you have any of the mentioned health issues give it a try. Your body will thank you!
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