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3 Genuine Benefits of Eating Ginger - 2nd week

By Genevieve Cunningham

Ginger is not really a thing that is found in everyone’s kitchen. Those who love it really love it, but the rest of us are a little unsure of the food. What are we supposed to do with it? How do we cook it? What will it do to the taste? Unless it’s the holidays, we tend to shy away. But, it might be time to rethink our ginger strategy. The food is actually really good for you and can bring some wonderful benefits. Take a look at these three great benefits of adding this lovely orange food to the mix.

It’s a Natural Medicine

Ginger is thought to serve the body as a natural medication of sorts. If you have the flu or a virus or even the common cold, some people swear by its healing properties. It’s also well known for its ability to quell nausea. This can be useful for stomach bugs, digestive issues, and even morning sickness. To really gain these medicinal benefits, make sure that you use one of the most potent parts of ginger, an oil called gingerol.

It’s a Muscle Pain Reliever

Another great benefit is its ability to stop muscle cramps in their tracks. If you’re sore from working out or lifting weights or physically working, a little ginger may help to alleviate the discomfort. This is also why some women claim it as a miracle worker for menstrual cramps. It eases the cramps by eliminating a bit of inflammation and relaxing the contracting muscles. It may not be instant relief, but it can improve general muscle health and wellness over time.

It’s Great for the Heart

Those who regularly consume ginger may be at a much lower risk for heart disease. What’s more, it also helps regulate blood sugar levels, making it a great choice for diabetics. Keeping blood sugar levels under control and lowering the risk for heart disease means not only a healthier heart, but potentially healthier kidneys, liver, pancreas, and various other parts of the body.

It’s time to learn how to use ginger in your kitchen beyond cooking your favorite sweet treat or holiday pie. The powder, the root, and the oil all have incredible benefits and taste delicious in a great number of recipes. Don’t be afraid to give it a try. Your health may improve and your kitchen menu may be enhanced all in one trip the grocer.

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