A Powerful Digestive Aid
Ginger has been used for centuries as a digestive aid, to combat nausea, and to lessen discomfort from cold or flu. It helps to promote healthy sweating, a form of detoxification which is often helpful during colds and flus. It also helps in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness (especially seasickness) - including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating. In fact, studies have shown that ginger can be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness.
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, and they actually give the spice its potent flavor. These substances have been shown to provide relief for those suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis - as they can help reduce pain levels and improve mobility. They can also help calm stomach spasms by neutralizing acids and increasing enzymes in the digestive tract.
Zingibain, another enzyme in ginger, breaks down protein and contains anti-bacterial properties that may calm fever, clear sinuses and break up congestion. Studies in animals showed that ginger slowed the growth of cancerous tumors and reduced the amount of kidney damage caused by diabetes.
Suggested use: Use 1 tsp to flavor dishes or add to smoothies, tea or juices. When cooking with it, add at the end of your recipe and try to avoid heating it at high temperatures to preserve all it's amazing nutritional properties.