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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 2 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 taking ginger.

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 fat.

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 day.

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 available.

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 poisoning.

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.

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