The Healthy Benefits of Ginger
The health giving benefits of ginger are many and varied. Ginger is a herbal root which is available in supermarket produce departments in its fresh form. It is also available in health food and vitamin stores in the form of capsules or powders. It is an ancient remedy which was used thousands of years ago to relieve stomach problems. In more recent times it has become known for its good effects in countering nausea and vomiting and has been found to decrease post chemotherapy sickness in cancer patients by 40%. It is safe and effective to use in the relief of morning sickness for pregnant women.

Ginger also helps to alleviate chronic pain and a recent study found that it was more effective than non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for this purpose. It is believed that this may be due to its property of reducing inflammation by lowering the levels of certain hormones which cause inflammation. Preliminary laboratory studies have also demonstrated that ginger may be effective in protecting against Alzheimers disease and in slowing the progress of ovarian and colorectal cancers. More testing needs to be done to confirm this however.

Drinking ginger tea helps to settle an upset stomach and helps clear congestion from colds or flu. Crystallized ginger which is available in super markets as well as ginger ale are good things to use to treat nausea and travel or motion sickness. Ginger is known to act as a blood thinner so if you are already taking blood thinners, such as aspirin or Coumadin, ginger will add to their effect. This means that you should consult your doctor to see if it is safe for you to take ginger along with the prescription blood thinner.

To make a ginger tea just take some fresh ginger root and slice it up thinly. Place in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Leave to steep for several minutes then drink and enjoy. Don,t add sweeteners as these lessen the effects of the ginger. Ginger is a superstar among common home remedies and can benefit you greatly. Just use it carefully and with your doctors knowledge if you are taking any prescription drugs.