Friday, June 25, 2010

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been a natural cure for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger does wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Given below are few health benefits of this powerful herb:

1. Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be great weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder stimulates cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.

2. Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

3. Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

4. Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

5. Reduces Pain and Inflammation
A study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a powerful natural painkiller.

6. Heartburn Relief
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.

7. Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger helpful in the case of stomach flu’s or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects, ginger has upon the digestive tract.

8. Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

9. Menstrual Cramp Relief
The pain-relieving and anti-cramping compounds in ginger effectively help relieve painful menstruation cramps

10. Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).
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