Thursday, 18 September 2014

18 Health Benefits of Ginger (Adrak)

Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for treatment of many disorders. Ginger root is available fresh or dried, and may be used in tinctures, teas, capsules or tablets. Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes. This herb contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folate, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3. Ginger root is widely used culinary spice with a long tradition of medicinal uses. In traditional Chinese medicine, teas and tinctures made with ginger root are used to alleviate the symptoms of nausea and treat stomach upset, diarrhea and other digestive upsets for over 2000 years. Long used as a remedy for numerous ailments from colds to cancer, ginger has been the recent focus of research aimed at revealing its true therapeutic potential. Some of the best health benefits of ginger are given below:

18 Health Benefits of Ginger (Adrak)

1 . Nausea and motion sickness

Ginger is well known for its ability to ease nausea, and it's helpful for motion and sea sickness. Women suffering from morning sickness were given beverages with ginger during the first trimester of pregnancy, and when compared with women given a placebo, ginger alleviated the nausea in a large majority of the cases.

2 . Cancer

Ginger root has a very high level of antioxidants higher than many berries making it an excellent defender against cell damage and associated disease caused by free radicals. Ginger continues to be the focus of research investigating its role in cancer prevention and treatment of lymphoma, breast, liver, skin, bladder and colorectal cancers. Ginger's antioxidant activity is one of several mechanisms thought to explain its possible anticancer effects. Others include its ability to decrease cancer cell proliferation and suppress mechanisms that initiate cancer cell activation.

3 . Nausea and vomiting following surgery

Most clinical research shows that taking 1 gram of ginger one hour before surgery seems to reduce nausea and vomiting during the first 24 hours after surgery. One study found ginger reduced nausea and vomiting by 38%. However, ginger might not reduce nausea and vomiting in the period 3-6 hours after surgery.

4 . Cold

Cut up a small piece of old ginger and boil it with a small cup of pure drinking water. Add some green tea leaves if you wish. Strain and drink when hot. Effective if you also have fever resulting from the cold. You may also drink this concoction if you feel a cold coming.

5 . Pain killer

Ginger juice makes an excellent pain killer, even when applied externally. In headache, apply ginger juice to the forehead. With toothache, apply it to the external area either on the cheek or jaw area.

6 . Diabetes complications

Studies show ginger may reduce urine protein levels, decrease water intake and urine output, and reverse proteinuria, which is kidney damage caused by too much protein in the urine. Ginger may also protect nerves in diabetics and lower blood fat levels. "Ginger can help increase circulation, thin blood, and lower both blood pressure and cholesterol," says author Steelsmith.

7 . Migraines

1/3 teaspoon of powdered ginger or several slices of fresh ginger may help prevent a migraine from fully developing if taken at the onset of migraine symptoms. Researchers in Denmark discovered attribute this benefit to ginger being able to block the effects of prostaglandins, which are substances that cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, leading to migraines.

8 . Improve blood circulation

The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea can help restore and improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems. Ginger may prevent fat from depositing in the arteries helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke.

9 . High Cholesterol & Blood Clots

Numerous studies have suggested that ginger may have an effect on blood clots that is similar to that of aspirin. And unlike aspirin, ginger has a calming effect on the intestinal tract. Ginger also lowers Cholesterol levels by interfering with cholesterol biosynthesis. These effects may prevent blockages of the blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Ginger's antioxidant properties may also strengthen the heart muscle.

10 . Morning Sickness

A teaspoonful of young ginger juice with some honey will also help alleviate morning sickness, sea or motion sickness, dizziness and even nausea caused by chemotherapy or anesthesia.

11 . Ginger Tea

To brew your own ginger tea, either drop a few slices of fresh ginger in boiling water or steep 2 tablespoons of freshly shredded ginger in hot water. Let cool and drink.

12 . Flatulence/wind

Pound a piece of fresh ginger and boil with a cup of water and add a little honey to taste. Drink it twice a day to let off the wind trapped in the intestinal tract.

13 . Menstrual pain

Some research shows that ginger can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women when taken during menstruation. One study shows that taking a specific ginger extract (Zintoma, Goldaru) 250 mg four times daily for 3 days at the beginning of the menstrual period reduces pain
symptoms in as many as 62% of people. It seems to work about as well as the medications ibuprofen or mefenamic acid.

14 . Cough

Drink ginger juice with raw honey three to four times a day for a bad throat. It is soothing and helps clear up phlegm.  If it's a dry cough, use the young ginger.  If there is phlegm, use the old ginger.

15 . May slow or prevent tumor growth in cancer

The American Cancer Society also reports that preliminary results from animal studies show that ginger root has some effect on preventing or slowing the growth of tumors.  They state that the results warrant further investigation to learn if the same results will be achieved in humans.

16 . Stomach Discomfort

Ginger can relieve nausea and vomiting because of its ability to disrupt and expel gas in the intestine. Ginger appears to accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract, which may help alleviate stomach issues. Ginger can safely alleviate nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. In a study published in the 2007 issue of the "Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand," researchers found ginger to be more effective than vitamin B-6 in relieving nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy.

17 .  Inflammation

Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties. In a study published in the 2009 issue of the "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine," researchers found ginger to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving menstrual pain. Ginger has also been reported to be effective at reducing pain and swelling in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, rheumatoid arthritis and general muscle discomfort.

18 . Digestive disorder

Mix a teaspoonful of young ginger juice with one teaspoonful each of fresh lime juice and fresh mint juice with some honey to taste in a glass of water. Drink to relieve heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Especially helpful after a big meaty meal.