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Top 4 Healing Powers of Ginger

December 05, 2017 in Article, Seasonal, Tips,
Posted by Virginia Spine Institute
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Ginger is a wonderful addition to your diet. It helps keep you healthy and relieves many ailments. 

Top Four Health Benefits of Ginger:
1. Upset Stomach:

One of the most popular health benefits of ginger is for treating upset stomach, nausea and digestion. Ginger Ale is often a go to for soothing feelings of nausea. There have been studies of nausea relief for pregnant women with morning sickness and patients having chemotherapy treatments.

2. Motion Sickness:

According to studies, ginger played a role in combating the misery inducing effects of motion sickness. For example, a study conducted by Danish scientists took 80 naval cadets that were previously susceptible to motion sickness; those given one gram of ginger powder versus the placebo suffered less in a four hour period.

3. Muscle & Joint Pain:

Ginger is said to improve circulation and blood flow. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds, in a study by the American Pain Society in 2010; subjects performed exercises meant to induce pain and inflammation for 11 consecutive days. The subjects given the ginger versus the placebo reported nearly 25% reduction in exercise induced muscle pain 24 hours after a workout.

4. Menstrual Cramps:

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that ginger was an effective way to combat menstrual cramps. Perhaps a cup of ginger tea is just what you need, it will warm you up on a cold winter’s day and alleviate some of your discomfort. 


In addition, there are studies that suggest ginger may be beneficial in reducing migraine symptoms, lowering cholesterol and an effective remedy for blood clots. Aside from all of the health benefits of ginger, it is also a tasty spice that enhances food’s flavor and is a key ingredient in the ever festive gingerbread house, man and cookie!

 

Recipe: Big Soft Ginger Cookies (from allrecipes.com)
2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour 3/4 Cup Margarine, Softened
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger 1 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Egg
3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 1 Tablespoon Water
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves 1/4 Cup Molasses
1/4 Teaspoon Salt 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
DIRECTIONS:
1.  Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees F (175 Degrees C). Sift together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. set aside.
2. in a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly. 
3.  bake for 8-10 minutes. allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. store in an airtight container. 

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