If you add ginger to your arsenal of superfoods, you’ll have an ironclad health.
Ginger is pretty impressive, but people don’t use it as much as they should.
Especially given the fact that in our times, ginger is quite affordable.
But did you know that during the Middle Ages, one pound of ginger cost as much as a sheep?
And for a good reason, too.
Its properties alone are enough to make any mainstream doctor gaze in awe at this natural medicine.
In Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine, ginger is considered to be an actual medicine.
That’s because the ginger root is rich in:
- vitamins B6
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
- essential oils with many beneficial properties that act as aphrodisiacs, and general tonics, having the power to remove fatigue and toxins accumulated in your body.
Medically Proven Ginger Root Health Properties
- Antiemetic – effective against vomiting and nausea
- Antiseptic – preventing the growth of disease-causing microorganisms
- Expectorant – that helps eliminate mucus and relieves cough
- Antifungal – treat mycosis
- Antiviral – treating infections brought on by viruses
- Analgesic – kills the pain
- Hypotensive – helps lower the blood pressure
- Antispasmodic – alleviates spasms
- Anti-inflammatory – alleviates pain and fights the inflammation in your body
- Antibacterial – kills the disease-causing bacteria
- Antifebrile – helps drop a high fever
- Anti-platelet – helps inhibit the formation of thrombus
I need to warn you not to consume those sachets of ginger powder, which you can usually find in supermarkets. Their origin and content are both uncertain, so it’s best to avoid consuming them altogether.
On the other hand, it is very important to eat fresh ginger root – which is the real deal, and its strong, healing properties are completely unaltered.
Or you can also go about consuming ginger tea.
Ginger Tea – A miracle of nature
How to prepare it:
Take a 2 inch ginger root, wash it well under a cold water jet, and then get it through the grater.
Boil one liter of water and when the water is boiled add the minced ginger.
Allow it to boil for one minute, then turn off the fire and leave the pot covered for about 30 minutes.
Then squeeze and consume as needed.
If you like, you can consume ginger tea with honey, and add a bit of lemon juice or mint leaves.
Ginger tea: Health Benefits
Ginger has been shown to combat digestive discomfort by improving the absorption of beneficial substances in foods and preventing overeating.
Therefore, ginger tea consumed after festive meals is great for fortifying your digestion.
In addition, consuming a cup of ginger tea each day can prevent diarrhea, flatulence, bloating and indigestion. And it’s all because of its unique chemical composition, which tones the muscles of your digestive tract, and prevents the gastric acid levels from going up.
Ginger also strengthens the immune system due to its high amount of antioxidants that reduce the risk of infections or any other health conditions.
A daily cup of ginger tea can significantly lower the risk of stroke because the active substances in ginger block fat from being stored in your arteries, reduce bad cholesterol levels and help prevent various types of cancers.
Also, ginger tea is extremely effective in treating cold because it
- decongests the nasal passages,
- helps relieve cough,
- & favors expectoration, which speeds up the healing process.
In addition, it alleviates the troublesome symptoms of allergies.
Additional Ginger Root Health Benefits
Ginger tea is also excellent for promoting good blood circulation, preventing clot formation and helping transport oxygen and nutrients to all the vital organs in your body, including the penis (hence the aphrodisiac effect).
The amino acids and ginger root minerals also promote a healthy level of erythrocytes – which is important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
But wait! There’s more.
If you usually suffer from motion sickness and you have on a long journey by car or airplane, then look no further than the ginger tea to get rid of that.
Sipping on a cup of tea before getting into the car is perfect for reducing the level of stress responsible for triggering your motion sickness.
Ginger can also prevent nausea and vomiting since it has the power to block the same chemoreceptors in the brain generating those symptoms.
Ginger tea also works wonders for the health of your joints, and helps you fight rheumatoid arthritis.
And the main reason for that?
Ginger chemicals contain two very important enzymes: COX-1 and COX-2 – responsible for triggering the inflammation in your body.
But you see, the same substances can also prove useful in treating migraines, osteoarthritis, back pain or muscle cramps.
Ginger Root Precautions
Given that ginger can slow down blood clotting, in some instances, it should not be taken with other medications that also slow down clotting and raise the chances of bruising and bleeding, like:
- clopidogrel (Plavix)
- diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others)
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
- naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others)
- dalteparin (Fragmin)
- enoxaparin (Lovenox)
- warfarin (Coumadin)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
If you’re suffering from athlete’s foot, a cutaneous disease located between your toes, then a great idea would be to make ginger tea baths, which help reduce the itching, burning and swelling in that particular area.
And ladies rest assured, menstrual cramps will no longer pose any problems to you.
Researchers have proved that applying a compress soaked in ginger tea on your lower abdomen relieves the pain that haunts you and relaxes the muscles.
So no more stress for you!
Oh, I knew I forgot something!
Ginger is also great for diminishing your stress levels.
All you need to do is drink a cup of ginger tea, and you’ll feel your stress levels coming down.
Apart from that, ginger also has an excellent energizing effect, which is why we do not recommend consuming it in the evenings, but only in the morning, in the early hours, to help you deal with all the tasks that await you.
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So is ginger better than drugs?
Some may so. And I completely agree with it. But that’s just my two cents.
What do you think?
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To your health!