I’ve been on a ginger kick as of late. Happens every month or so, as I always forget all the amazing healing properties this spice has. An Ayurvedic staple and key ingredient in many Indian dishes, ginger is known for its medicinal properties. Anti-cancer being a big one, ginger is also a great natural pain killer, as it’s considered an anti-inflammatory, while also being known to heal the digestive tract, help with weight loss and its fantastic ability to fight nausea.
The Research: A 2003 research study revealed how ginger protects against colon cancer. Gingerols, the main active ingredient in ginger, were shown to prevent the growth of colon cancer cells. The University of Michigan also conducted studies that showed how gingerols killed ovarian cancer cells, as ginger has the ability to reduce inflammation in cell components attributed to the development of ovarian cancer.
Firsthand Experience: Having a few sports injuries that act up from time to time, I’ve been using fresh ginger for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits.
According to Ayurveda, eating and drinking ginger root can also help keep your weight under control. Mind you it’s a strong flavor, so feel free to spice things up a few different ways.
My top three ways to use this amazing herb:
For weight loss, have a cup of ginger tea – Add ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to a cup of hot water. Mix well and drink this daily for weight loss.
To improve digestion, eat fresh ginger (a piece that is about an inch in length) with a few drops of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt on it before a meal.
As an anti-inflammatory, ginger has been prescribed to those suffering from osteoarthritis. In an Indian study published in 1992, relief from both the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis was reported by patients using powdered ginger as a dietary supplement from 3 months up to 2 years.
Contraindications: This post is not endorsing that you stop taking prescribed medication. Discuss your use of ginger with your doctor if you are taking ibuprofen for medical reasons or any other medications to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, have gallstones or are pregnant.