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Ginger: The Natural Benefits

This root has been used in health practices for centuries and adds a spicy kick to your dishes.

What It Has

Antioxidants: In both its root and powdered forms, this spice can help soothe upset stomachs and nausea. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can also ease the pain of arthritis and migraines.

Expert Take

A 2017 study in the journal Nutrition found that adding 4 grams of ginger to your diet could lower your risk for high blood pressure by 8 percent and coronary heart disease by 13 percent. The researchers theorize that ginger acts as a kind of ACE-inhibitor, which can help lower blood pressure. Plus, the spice is also high in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that has heart-protective properties.

Natural Benefits of Ginger

Settle Your Stomach

When you’re feeling queasy, chop fresh ginger into small pieces and boil for 10 minutes. Strain, then pour liquid into ice cube trays. Crush the frozen cubes and suck the icy chips throughout the day to provide your stomach with a steady dribble.

Relieve Bloating

When you’re feeling uncomfortably stuffed, ginger can offer relief by reducing gas that might be contributing to the pain. Dice 1 Tbsp ginger and steep in 2 cups boiling water; add a drizzle of raw honey.

Beat Inflammation

Active compounds gingerol, paradol, and shogaol give this root its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Ginger has been shown to reduce inflammatory markers linked to heart disease, asthma, and Alzheimer’s experts say. Peel, mince, and add to a stir-fry or salad dressing.

Prevention Magazine – Healing Kitchen, The natural benefits of everyday foods

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