Sunday, April 22, 2012

NUTRITION: Benefits of Eating Ginger

Here's another post from Walk with Walgreen's regarding one of my most favorite spices ... Ginger!

Did you know that ginger is not only a delicious addition to foods and desserts, but it's also great for your health? One of the most useful benefits of ginger is its ability to help soothe muscle aches and pains, a great thing when you are sore from a good, long walk! Daily consumption of ginger is great for those who regularly exercise, and many weightlifters rely on it to help with recovery after intense physical activity. 

The potent anti-inflammatory compounds in ginger have been known to help those who suffer from arthritis to manage their pain levels. Recent studies point to ginger as a possible inhibitor of cancer cells, while its germ-fighting qualities can help to stave off infections and lessen the severity of colds & flus.

Ginger is so packed with these health-promoting substances that you don't even have to use very much of it reap the benefits. For nausea or tummy troubles, you can make ginger tea by steeping a few slices of fresh ginger in hot water.  If the taste is too spicy, you can sweeten it up with a bit of honey. Alternately, a soothing ginger lemonade is delicious any time! Just add some freshly grated ginger to a mixture of ice water, lemon juice and your preferred sweetener. Arthritis patients have found relief by regularly consuming small amounts of ginger in cooked foods, such as sliced up with some mixed vegetables and made into a stir-fry dish. The more ginger you eat, the more noticeable the results will be.

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