Well!, My love for garlic is an opposite of the writer. The writer of this article said: I love the aromatic spicy taste of ginger and how it adds a unique flavor to my meals and beverages. I don’t really like the smell, most especially when its been perceive from someone else mouth. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is a flowering plant in the family Zingiberaceae whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a medicine. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers.
Health Uses for Ginger
1. Morning Sickness and Motion Sickness
Some studies in humans have shown that ginger reduces nausea in morning sickness. Also studies at the University of Maryland show that ginger reduces motion sickness, but others have shown mixed results. In my personal experience, ginger has worked very well. I have been sea sick to the point that I was never going to go on a ship again. Then a company I was working for gave me a free 12-day cruise. I went on the cruise and thanks to ginger and fennel I did not get sea sick.
2. Migraine Relief
Ginger is known to be helpful in relaxing blood vessels in the head. One study found ginger powder was as effective as Sumatriptan medication in decreasing migraines.
3. Cold and Flu Prevention & Treatment
Chinese herbalists for thousands of years have used ginger as an antihistamine and decongestant which are two main effects of a cold. The University of Maryland Medical Center says ginger is helpful in treating cold and flu symptoms.
5. Pain and Inflammation
A study published in the National Library of Medicine compared ginger extract to common pain killers and found ginger to be very effective in reducing pain. ”Many studies in cell culture have shown that ginger is an anti-inflammatory,” says researcher Suzanna M. Zick, ND, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.
6. Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Scientists put a solution of ginger powder and water on ovarian cancer cells. The cancer cells died from the contact with the ginger solution (the cells committed suicide or they digested themselves). While the study showed promising results, more research is definitely needed.
7. Colon Cancer
In one study, researchers found that colon cancer cells were suppressed. The University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells. More research is needed.
“Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic property,” says Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City.
Add more ginger to your life!
• Make ginger tea with fresh ginger, chop up a teaspoon or two or three, and add raw honey.
• Ginger is great added to soups and stews.
• When you make some fresh juice, add some ginger to your juicer.