Ginger, a spice considered worth its weight in gold in ancient times, traveled from China along both land and sea trade routes to the West. A member of the cardamom and turmeric families, ginger was not only a food enhancer, but more importantly, a preeminent medicinal herb. What we now understand to be true according to recent research was understood by herbalists going back millennia. Ginger was not only an aphrodisiac, but more importantly employed as an analgesic, to relieve nausea and migraine, and improve circulation.
Ginger has been linked in quite a number of studies to the inhibition of cancer. One recent study demonstrates that ginger reduces the risk of colon cancer. The effect on prostate cancer is the focus of another study. Ginger extract has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain, according to one study. In still another, ginger was linked to a reduction in ulcers and the bacteria causing them. Numerous studies prove that ginger is as effective as any prescription medication for motion and morning sickness.
Ginger is exceedingly low in calories and void of fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol. Minerals present in ginger include potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper. Ginger is abundant in B-complex compounds and essential oils zingerone and gingerol – linked to pain relief and lowering the incidence of certain cancers, to name just a few of their properties. Juicing ginger in particular makes antioxidants and essential oils more available to the body.
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