Ginger has had a long history of medicinal use for the treatment of common colds, fever, rheumatoid arthritis and any other inflammatory diseases, digestive and gastrointestinal problems, motion sickness, diabetes and cancer.
In India, Ginger is a universal medicine. They use it to cure the above diseases, many upper respiratory infections, and use it to help strengthen the heart. To help with joint pain, it is ground up into a paste and placed on the joints. It’s also used the same way for headaches and migraines. As an added bonus, it’s also an adaptogen, which means that it helps protect our bodies from the effects of stress.
In a study done on rats, Ginger helped their muscle cells absorb glucose, lowering their blood glucose levels. This means that ginger could possibly help those with diabetes. There is a lot of potential here but few studies done so far.
Since Ginger lowers your blood pressure, it can help increase arousal in men and women and also help men who are suffering with erectile dysfunction.
As a digestive aid, a little bit of ginger can go a long way. Chewing a small piece can help with stomachaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and motion sickness. It can also help with morning sickness and hangovers too.
Ginger may be one of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods out there (It’s close cousin Turmeric is the other). If you suffer from any type of chronic inflammation, it’s likely that Ginger or Turmeric can help you. These foods help fight off and prevent inflammatory diseases like digestive disorders, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancers. All of these conditions are linked to chronic inflammation as one of their sources. By targeting the root cause of disease, you can end up knocking out several birds with one stone.
Another benefit of Ginger is that it’s also a very strong antibacterial and antiviral food. This combination makes it a very good medicine for upper respiratory infections like colds, the flu and sinus infections when its taken as a tea or inhaling the steam from ginger in boiling water.
As a cancer fighter Ginger is very good at keeping down inflammation, which is how many cancers start off. Plus, Ginger can help relieve the some of the side effects you may get from chemotherapy.
Ginger (like Garlic and Cinnamon) is also a natural blood thinner. This is one of Ginger’s most important qualities. This can help reduce your risk of having strokes and heart attacks especially as you get older. Your risk increases with age because red blood cells tend to start clumping together as you get older, increasing the risk of clotting in your arteries and veins. It lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and helps prevent and also fight off atherosclerosis.
To get the most out of Ginger you only need about a quarter of an inch piece per day. If the taste is too strong chop it up into small pieces and add it to your tea. The dried form of Ginger is more concentrated than the normal Ginger root so use only a ¼ teaspoon of the powder. Women who are pregnant should steer clear of the powder form but the root form is safe up to 1 gram per day.