Friday, February 12, 2010

Ginger: The Benefits Beyond Looks and Taste

A lot of people are turned off by how ginger looks. It's knobbly, oddly shaped, and often resembles bunions. But still, it's not about the looks. Without ginger, you can say goodbye to gingerbread, ginger ale, gingersnaps, and Chinese takeout. Ginger is what makes these dishes delicious with it's piquant flavor and enticing aroma. But there is more to ginger than it's odd shape and spicy taste.

Ginger is one of the top natural medicinal remedies around. As a tea, it is good for calming and settling an upset stomach. Candied, ginger is also a great remedy to prevent motion sickness, nausea, and dizziness. Joint pain and colds are also cured using fresh ginger extracts or ginger-flavored soups. It is also good for improving blood circulation. All these benefits are down to ginger's flavor agent, gingerols.

For something with a funny name, gingerols contain potent anti-inflammatory agents, can help prevent growth of colorectal cancer, and remedy many common health problems. Since it's also dirt cheap and available all year round in Chinese stores and your local supermarkets, you can easily supplement your diet with this wonder root.     

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