Use Ginger for Good Health
Ginger is believed to have originated from Southeast Asia.
Its scientific name is Zingiber officinale. It has been used a
medicine by various traditional systems of medicine including
Ayurveda. This is due to the wide variety of medicinal properties
possessed by this rhizome.
Ginger has a number of nutritional elements including vitamins,
iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. It should be used
preferably without reducing the outer coat as its removal would reduce
its medicinal value.
Ginger can be used as an antidote to reduce toxicity. It is also
useful in providing relief from arthritis, stomachache and even
toothache. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to
have anti-viral properties and is advised to be taken for treatment of
various types of coughs and colds.
It has anti-clotting properties that help to thin the blood . It
lowers the blood cholesterol and help in maintaining the regular
heartbeat. However people with high blood pressure should be more
careful while using it.
As ginger also has anti-viral properties it is often used for
treating coughs and colds. It is also beneficial for those suffering
from sinus problems. It helps to reduce motion sickness while
As ginger smells very strong, so it is generally mixed with one or
the other food substance and then consumed. Ginger is helpful for
those who want to reduce blood sugar. It improves digestive system
and it is anti flatulent.
In some instances, pregnant women suffering from nausea due to
pregnancy are advised to take ginger. A number of experts do not
flavor longterm consumption of ginger pregnancy.
They feel that it could affect the health of the pregnant women
adversely. However, there is general consensus that ginger taken in
small doses taken for a shirt term period helps in checking nausea.
Ginger can be taken orally in food, tea as well as in its raw form
whereas ginger oil can be applied externally.
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