We Know Ginger Helps Digestive Upsets, but Look What Else It Can Do!

vt-5.jpgGinger has been used for thousands of years in Asia. Find out why, and what it can do for you.

Did your mother give you ginger ale when you had stomach flu as a child? Although many of our parents and grandparents didn’t understand why ginger ale worked, they told us it would, and it did. Many of us have probably done the same with our own children. The ‘secret’ ingredient, you may now know, is ginger.

The benefits of ginger for digestive disturbances have long been recognized, but did you know that ginger also helps with the pain of arthritis and may even help prevent heart disease and cancer? Find out more about ginger, and what it can do for you.

In China, ginger has been a staple in both the kitchen and the sickroom for over 2,000 years. Fortunately, it has now also been recognized in Western medicine as a routine treatment for stomach and digestive upsets, including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, colic and even ulcerative colitis.

Now studies are showing that it is also effective for arthritis.

The BBC reported that taking ginger extract twice a day was found to relieve the pain of arthritis so effectively that many patients taking ginger were able to cut down on their prescription painkillers.

Research has also been done to determine if ginger could be beneficial for heart disease and cancer.

Preliminary studies suggest ginger lowers cholesterol and prevents blood clots. If these observations bear out in future studies, ginger may be able to prevent heart attacks and strokes by preventing blockage in the blood vessels and atherosclerosis.

Studies are also ongoing on ginger’s anticancer properties.

Although long-term use of ginger is not for everyone, if you have digestive problems or arthritis, it may be just what the doctor ordered. And keep an eye on the research — if ginger can also reduce the incidence of heart disease and cancer, we’ve got a real winner.

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