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The benefits of ginger

February 9, 2016

 

Many of you will be aware that ginger is great for relieving gastrointestinal discomfort and nausea; particularly good for travel sickness, pregnancy-

 

related nausea and vomiting, and chemotherapy-related nausea.

 

Did you also know ginger is also a strong anti-inflammatory too?  Gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, provide antioxidant protection against damaging free-radicals which can trigger inflammation.  Several studies have shown that patients suffering from painful arthritis and muscular discomfort experienced a significant reduction in swelling and pain when they took ginger regularly (compared to a placebo).

 

Gingerols also have anti-tumour activity– they have been shown to both inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells and kill ovarian cancer cells.  Another study (on cell cultures) showed that another component of ginger, 6-shogaol, was much more effective than Taxol (a chemotherapy drug) at killing cancer cells and stopping new tumours from forming.

 

Ginger can play a role in preventing heart disease, as it has anti-coagulent (blood-thinning) properties and can help lower cholesterol. 

 

On top of all that, it tastes great in numerous dishes, sauces, smoothies, teas or just on its own!  

 

 

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