Ginger is a native of tropical lowland rain forests. It grows to above 5 feet tall. The leaves are about 20 cm long and they are mid-green in color. The scientific name of ginger is Zingiber officinale. Ginger is used widely for both external and internal treatment. Ginger is widely used in Asian, African and Caribbean dishes. Ginger is an important ingredient in lot of foods. Ginger is being used for seasoning and medical purposes for the past 5000 years. Let us now see the health benefits in a detailed way.
- Prevents nausea : Ginger is very effective in preventing nausea than stopping it. Ginger is recommended by doctors when compared to other anti nausea drugs because consuming ginger doesn’t cause drowsiness. I read in a book according to which people who took ginger where able to withstand the revolution of a rotating chair for 7 minutes but those who took anti-nausea drugs weren’t able to withstand even for 4 minutes. It actually neutralizes digestive acids and controls the vomiting center in the brain.
Cures motion sickness : It is one of the best remedy for motion sickness and other stomach upsets. If you are going for long journey take a 1 gm ginger capsule or ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder or just a slice of ginger.
Short circuit migraines
Consuming a ½ teaspoon of powdered sugar at the onset of migraines reduces the symptoms by blocking the inflammation causing chemicals called prostaglandins. It only blocks specific types of prostaglandins and not other types which have beneficial roles.
Prostaglandins causes joint swelling in people who are affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger is very effective for nearly half of the people who are affected by osteoarthritis and it is 75% for rheumatoid arthritis. Just crush the ginger roots and apply the paste over the paining areas and you will get instant relief as it bocks the pain transmitting signals (neurotransmitter).
Controls blood clots
Ginger ‘thins’ the blood by interfering with platelets that causes blood clots. Low-dose of aspirin is also suggested by doctors but it leads to stomach upset which ginger desn’t do generally. It acts as a vasodilator. People who regularly take ginger in their foods are less prone to heart attacks.
Ginger prevents bronchial constriction and fever by blocking certain body substances. Gingerol present in ginger performs the action.
Ginger has the ability to absorb the cholesterol and it can excrete it.
Removes menstrual cramps
Certain compounds present in ginger acts as antispasmodics. It inhibits the painful contraction of uterus and soothes digestive tract. Ginger is also very good for morning sickness.