Like a lot of us, my first experience with ginger was in the form of a cookie. A man like cookie. I was hooked on the spicy sweet taste of the ginger bread man from my first taste and it has always been a favorite flavor of mine. My use of ginger has changed over time, moving from tasty treats to incredible dishes and drinks. And who knew that I would discover the amazing health benefits along the way?
Ginger has proven to be one on healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory-Ginger is effective in fighting exercise induced muscle and joint pain due to inflammation. It also helps reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis which is a common health problem caused by inflammation. Ginger makes it feel good to move.
Ginger helps lower the risk of heart disease-Ginger has shown to lower blood sugars which can contribute to heart disease and diabetes. Ginger also helps lower LDL levels(bad cholesterol) and blood triglycerides helping prevent the onset of heart disease. Truly a spice you can love with all of your heart.
Ginger helps with digestion-Ginger can speed up digestion which helps prevent cases of indigestion, heartburn and nausea. A small amount of Ginger helps to relieve an upset stomach, morning sickness, sickness from chemotherapy and much more. A little Ginger keeps your tummy happy and healthy.
Ginger can help prevent disease-Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol which is found in raw ginger. It has shown to be effective in managing certain types of cancer. Also, oxidative stress and inflammation can accelerate the aging process which can lead to Alzheimers and dementia. The antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger have shown to reduce inflammation and improve brain functions like memory and reaction time. Ginger can be the spice of life for healthy aging.
Ginger is found in any grocery or health food store. It can be purchased raw, which is my favorite, or in powder or capsule form. Add it to your favorite meals, make some tea or juice it.
Bottom line, ginger can be a great food to relieve a current health issue or to prevent health issues down the road. It’s tasty and delicious, it’s nutritious and it makes a killer ginger bread man. So why not add a little ginger to your diet? Your body and mind will thank you.
Yours in health.