Health Benefits Of Watkins Ginger
When you think of the spice ginger; do cookies, cakes and gingerbread houses may come to mind? Most commonly used in baked goods, orange/yellow vegetables and Asian foods more and more cooks are using ginger to enhance the nutritional value of their dishes as well as the flavor.
Ginger has a well known history of both culinary and medicinal use. While no one is quite sure about the origin of ginger, it is believed to be first grown by the Chinese. However, the Greeks and Romans used ginger and Chinese herbalists have used it for over 3,000 years. In 19th century England, ginger was placed on the pub counters so that patrons could add it to their drinks. This may have been the introduction of ginger ale. Besides being a great culinary spice, the herb ginger does have medicinal properties.
Ginger possesses more than 12 different kinds of antioxidants, which may aid in boosting the immune system. The herb also provides the body with an array of essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, panthotenic acid, as well as a little bit of vitamin B3. With all of these components, ginger presents a wide-range of health benefits.
Traditionally, ginger has been used to treat nausea, motion sickness and vomiting. It has a long history of use for all types of digestive upset and may be helpful to increase appetite. Although very effective against all forms of nausea, it's important to note that health officials do not recommend taking ginger root for morning sickness commonly associated with pregnancy.
If you are trying to lose weight you might be interested to learn that in a research study reported in the International Journal of Obesity in October 1992, shows that ginger increases weight loss by calorie burning. Researchers found that ginger made the tissues use more energy.
Ginger has also been shown in research to have a role in the natural inflammatory response of the body. In India, for example, ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headaches. Ginger has also been commonly used to treat inflammation. There are several studies that demonstrate positive results on reducing joint pain from arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. It's also known to ease the symptoms of muscle pain and soreness.
For the treatment of heart disease, ginger may have blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties. It is known to assist blood platelets in becoming less "sticky," which reduces the risk of blood clots. It may also be used for people suffering from gallstones, because the herb promotes the release of bile from the gall bladder.
Ginger is said to aid in the treatment of respiratory infections, it may help you ward off a common cold and ease a cough.
Results in animal trials showed that ginger seems to prevent or slow the rate of tumor growth in cancer. Another study showed that rats given ginger and then subjected to chemicals that induce cancer had a significant reduction in cancer than the control rats.
The health benefits of ginger are many and it is safe for a variety of complaints. Some people may experience occasional heartburn but this seems to be the only documented side effect. There are lots of good reasons to add a more ginger to your daily repast. Watkins offers you pure ginger, organic ginger, plus Watkins includes ginger in SuperFood multiple and our other dietary supplements. This special bio-activator blend is used as scientific studies strongly suggest that black pepper and ginger may help to protect and maximize the potency of vitamins and nutrients in the body.
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