10 Reasons Ginger Is Considered A Superfood

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Ginger is not only a respected condiment among foodies and chefs around the world, it is also considered a healing agent that can take on anything from indigestion to cancer. Here are some of the areas that this superfood can treat, keep reading!

 

1. Nausea

Ginger has long been recognized for soothing an upset tummy. When you were little you may have been told to sip on some ginger ale. Ginger in the form of a hot tea can be effective in treating morning sickness, indigestion, and motion sickness. It has even been found to ease the vomiting that comes after having chemotherapy treatments.

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2. Colds

The antiviral components of ginger helps to keep the body from attracting any additional types of bacteria. Gingivitis, for example is the result of an oral bacteria that can be found in the gums. Among the respiratory infections it can resolve, it is effective in treating the RSV virus.

 

3. Muscle Pain

Ginger offers a slow but sure relief in muscle pain when taken daily over the course of a week or two. Ginger contains gingerol which is an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to be effective in relieving the pain from osteoarthritis as well as migraine headaches.

 

4. Malabsorption

When we consume food, it has to move out of the mouth and travel through the colon. Usually, things run smoothly, but if food gets stuck along the way it can create an obstruction, rot, or ferment which is a serious condition that could become fatal if not caught in time. Consuming ginger on a regular basis helps keep your digestion flowing and helps you to better metabolize your food.

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5. Heart Disease and Stroke

Ginger is usually effective enough on its own, but when combined with garlic and onions it expands its ability to prevent blood clots. This is a major benefit in preventing strokes and heart attacks.

 

6. Fungal Infections

Fungal infections have always been resistant to healing attempts. The good news is that ginger oil beat out 29 other oils in effectively treating and successfully killing the fungus. Combine a couple of drops of ginger oil with a small amount of coconut oil and some tea tree oil. Apply this mixture to the fungal area a couple of times each day.

 

7. Pain

When used to treat pain, ginger applies the anti-pain components the same way that capsaicin is used. The gingerol is applied to the vanilloid receptors that can be found at the end of the sensory nerves. When capsaicin is applied, there is a strong burning feeling because of the spiciness of the peppers. The application of ginger creates a burn but doesn’t last long. It does provide relief from the inflammation.

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8. Bacterial Infections

One of ginger’s amazing qualities is its ability to protect and strengthen the immune system. Ginger was found to successfully kill two major bacterial infections better than the usual medications. Streptococcus pyrogens and staphylococcus aureus both responded successfully to the ginger extract treatments. They beat out chloramphenicol, tetracycline, and ampicillin. These infections are very common in a hospital environment so it is suggested to bring a vial of ginger in an essential oil form. Add it to water if you are in the hospital or visiting someone there.

 

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9. GERD

Ginger has been a proven cure for stomach ulcers from research conducted in the 1980s. After additional studies, the journal for Molecular Nutritional and Food Research published the findings showing that ginger was from “six to eight times more potent than Prevacid” in treating GERD.

 

10. Diabetes

An impressive group of studies showed how effective ginger is in many aspects of dealing with diabetes. The gingerols work to improve insulin sensitivity and help improve diabetic conditions. A study in 2006 that was published in the Journal for Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that ginger helped to suppress the accumulation of sorbitol in blood cells. The bottom line is ginger can not only help to prevent getting diabetes, it can help reverse it, and protect the diabetic from specific complications.

 

References:

www.articles.mercola.com

www.healwithfood.org

www.simpleorganiclife.org

www.nutritionfacts.org