Takes ache out of arthritis. Recent research suggest that
ginger may work as a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing the redness, pain,
and swelling that often accompanies arthritis. A 2½ year study conducted
in Denmark of 56 people who suffered with arthritis or muscle pain found
ginger relieved muscle discomfort, pain, and swelling in three-quarters of
the study participants.
The people who experienced relief with ginger took an average of 5 grams
of fresh ginger or 1 gram of powdered ginger daily. Some people in the study
decided to take extra ginger and took up to 4 grams of powdered ginger a
day. The lead researcher, Krishna Srivastava, Ph. D., noted that the more
ginger people took, he greater their relief.
Another study of seven people with rheumatoid arthritis found that ginger
provided substantial pain relief while the conventional drugs they were
taking only provided partial or temporary relief. Six of the participants in
this study took 5 grams of fresh ginger or 0.1 to 1 gram of powdered ginger
daily. One participant consumed 50 grams of lightly cooked ginger each day.
All of the people in this study reported better joint movement and less
pain, stiffness, and swelling.
None of the people in the study reported any serious side effects from
A natural remedy for arthritis is welcome news to people who regularly
relieve their pain with nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs).
NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are notorious for causing ulcers,
which lead to thousands of deaths each year. All of the 200 drugs currently
sued to relieve arthritis pain have side effects.
Blood clot buster. A 1980 study reported in The New England
Journal of Medicine was the first to note ginger's remarkable ability to
inhibit the formation of blood clots by interfering with platelets' ability
to clump. Since then, at least 20 studies have confirmed ginger's good
effect on the circulatory system.
A 1994 study conducted in India revealed that 5 grams of ginger a day
significantly inhibits platelets' ability clump, which in turn reduces the
risk of clogged arteries in people with heart disease. Less blood clotting
means less risk of a heart attack.
In response to these studies, an outpatient cardiology clinic in Israel
now routinely recommends 1/2 teaspoon of ginger daily for its patients.
Clobbers cholesterol. Ginger helps lower the amount of
cholesterol in your bloodstream by improving the digestion of fats. Ginger
does this by aiding the liver and gallbladder in their production and
transportation of bile to the intestines where it helps your body digest
Eases common cold and flu symptoms. For centuries, natural healers have
used ginger to fight off flu and colds. Traditional folk wisdom maintains
that ginger can prevent colds, as well as cut a cold's time short.
Scientific research has documented ginger's ability to boost the immune
system, fight inflammation, reduce fevers, and suppress coughs. To win a war
against the flu or a cold, take 1/2 to 1 gram of powdered ginger every hour
for two to three days.
If you feel like a bout of the stomach flu is settling in, take four to
six ginger capsules at the first sign of nausea. This can help you avoid
some of the unpleasant symptoms of stomach flu.
Stomach soother. Ginger relieves the uncomfortable feeling
caused by overeating by increasing the speed that the stomach empties. to
relieve indigestion or calm a troubled tummy, pour 1 cup of boiling water
over 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger or grated ginger root. Cover the tea and
steep for 10 minutes. Strain, then sip slowly.
However, Dr. Daniel B. Mowrey, author of Herbal Tonic Therapies and
director of the American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory in Salt Lake City,
maintains that although ginger teas and other ginger drinks are pleasing to
the palate, it is difficult to drink enough of them to experience any
benefit. He suggests powdered ginger capsules instead. The capsules will
enable you to get the amount of ginger you need without suffering the
burning sensation that swallowing plain powdered ginger can cause.
His rule of thumb for taking ginger is to take it 'til you taste it.
According to him, you've taken enough when you develop a ginger taste in
your mouth or feel a very slight burning in your esophagus (the tube that
runs from the back of your throat to your stomach).
In contrast to Dr. Mowrey's method for deciding a ginger dosage, the
German Commission E (an organization similar to the United States Food and
Drug Administration) suggests a very specific amount of ginger to aid
digestion and ease nausea. They recommend 2 to 4 grams (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) a
According to a 1987 study conducted at the University of Alabama, ginger
is even helpful in relieving nausea caused by chemotherapy. People in the
study reported that their nausea was less severe and didn't last a long
after taking ginger.
many people find themselves feeling nauseated after surgery, especially
if they've been under anesthesia. Several studies report that ginger may be
an even better solution to this problem than the anti-nausea drugs that are
A 1990 study of 60 women who underwent gynecological surgery revealed
that women who took 1 gram of powdered ginger had fewer bouts of nausea
after surgery than women who didn't take ginger. An additional benefit of
the ginger is that it did not cause side effects common to many anti-nausea
prescription drugs, such as itching, unusual movements, or vision problems.
To prevent nausea after surgery, take 1 gram of ginger a day. Be sure you
talk to your doctor before taking ginger. Although none of the studies on
ginger for post-surgery nausea reported any side effects, there has been
some concern that ginger could cause excessive bleeding.
Ginger also helps your body produce good bacteria. In addition to being a
good source of vitamin K and several B vitamins, these bacteria help protect
your intestines against potentially bad bacteria, such as E. coli and
salmonella. This means that ginger may be able to protect you from food
Makes mincemeat of migraine headaches. At least one report
suggests that ginger may be helpful for migraine headaches. A woman who had
suffered with migraines for 16 years finally experienced relief when
researchers from Denmark's Odense University gave her 500 to 600 milligrams
(mg) of powdered ginger whenever she felt a headache coming on. Within 30
minutes, her migraine would be gone.
After this, the woman began taking 1.5 to 2 grams of powdered ginger
every four hours. Eventually, she switched to eating fresh ginger every day.
She reported having both fewer and less intense migraines. Although more
research remains to be done to confirm ginger's good effect on migraines,
this report may finally help researchers solve the mystery of migraines.
Ousts ulcers. Several animal studies lead researchers to
believe that ginger may be an effective treatment for ulcers. Ginger appears
to protect against ulcers caused by alcohol, stress, or drugs like aspirin.
this is encouraging news for ulcer sufferers who spend million of dollars
each year on traditional treatment and medicine.