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Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is is one of three ingredients that's synonymous with Asian cooking. The benefits of ginger go beyond just adding an aromatic and spicy flavour to cooking. Ginger is brilliant at lowering inflammation, relieving gastrointestinal discomfort as well as nausea among it's many benefits. So let's look in depth into this root as it pertains to our health and to fat loss.

Gingerols, the active compounds in ginger, give ginger it's medicinal benefits as well as it's special flavour. A piece of information to ginger's accomplishment in dispensing with gastrointestinal trouble is offered by ongoing two-fold visually impaired examinations, which have exhibited that ginger is compelling in averting the indications of movement infection, particularly nausea. Actually, in one examination, ginger was appeared to be far better than Dramamine, a normally utilized over-the-counter motion sickness issues. Ginger decreases all side effects related with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.

Gingerols also contain anti inflammation properties. In two clinical examinations including patients who reacted to prescribed medications and individuals who didn't, doctors found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with muscular discomfort, experienced significant relief of pain and swelling.

A study published in the November 2003 issue of Life Sciences suggests that at least one reason for ginger's beneficial effects is the free radical protection afforded by one of its active phenolic constituents, 6-gingerol. In a test tube study, 6-gingerol was shown to significantly inhibit the production of nitric oxide, a highly reactive nitrogen molecule that quickly forms a very damaging free radical called peroxynitrite. Another study appearing in the November 2003 issue of Radiation Research found that in mice, five days treatment with ginger (10 mg per kilogram of body weight) prior to exposure to radiation not only prevented an increase in free radical damage to lipids (fats found in numerous bodily components from cell membranes to cholesterol), but also greatly lessened depletion of the animals' stores of glutathione, one of the body's most important internally produced antioxidants.

A study published in the February 2005 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine sheds further light on the mechanisms of action that underlie ginger's anti-inflammatory effectiveness. In this research, ginger was shown to suppress the pro-inflammatory compounds (cytokines and chemokines) produced by synoviocytes (cells comprising the synovial lining of the joints), chrondrocytes (cells comprising joint cartilage) and leukocytes (immune cells).

Another very important benefit of ginger is it's protection against colorectal cancer. In a study conducted by the University of Minnesota, mice bred to lack an immune system, were fed gingerols 3 times a week before and after being injected with cancer cells.

Scientist found the mice that were fed gingerols had reduced number of tumours, smaller size tumours and took longer time to be infected with the cancer cells.

In another study this time conducted by the University of Michigan showed that gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion).

Besides its anti inflammation properties, ginger is high in anti-oxidants compounds. In fact 100g of ginger powder contains 39 000 units. On average we need 8 000 to 12 000 units daily to manage against free radicals.

One way to add ginger to your diet is through ginger powder. Adding ginger powder to green tea is a powerful concoction that helps keep free radicals at bay and pain away throughout the day.


Ginger in any form is effective against pain and gastrointestinal discomfort


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