Information on Ginger


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An ancient Indian proverb states that everything good is found in ginger. There's quite a bit of truth in that. Ginger is a versatile healing herb. As a child you were probably been given a glass of ginger ale when you felt sick to your stomach. Ginger is a good digestive aid and has antispasmodic and anti-nausea properties.

Ginger is the stomach remedy of choice by herbalists. It works on heartburn, abdominal cramps, flatulence, and a queasy stomach. Ginger contains compounds similar to the digestive enzymes found in your digestive tract. Ginger is particularly effective for motion sickness. In fact, studies have shown that it's even more effective than the prescription drug Dramamine. To head off motion sickness, most herbalists recommend ginger capsules. The standard dosage is 1500 milligrams, taken about 30 minutes before you travel. Ginger is a time-tested remedy for morning sickness, too. A cup of ginger tea or a glass of ginger ale (made from natural ginger and not artificial flavorings) first thing can make mornings much more comfortable. A cup of hot ginger tea can also relieve menstrual cramps.

Studies suggest that ginger can be useful in keeping cholesterol levels under control. Chinese herbalists have used ginger for generations to treat colds and flu. Modern studies confirm that ginger helps kill the influenza virus and helps the immune system wage war on infection. If you feel a cold coming on, try sipping on ginger tea or ginger ale throughout the day.

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