ginger

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PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Gingerols

  • Anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit formation of inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers in the immune system)
  • Useful in treating osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis offering pain relief, increased joint mobility and decreased swelling and morning stiffness
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
  • Digestion – carminative: alleviates symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, promotes elimination of intestinal gas, promotes intestinal spasmolytic (substance that relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract)
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory – inhibits formation of inflammatory compounds and has direct anti-inflammatory effects
  • Prevents motion sickness through absorbing and neutralising gastrointestinal hormones, toxins and acids
  • Pregnancy – treats nausea and vomiting
  • Diaphoretic – warms the inside of the body and promotes perspiration
PLANT FAMILY Related to Turmeric
DANGERS May cause internal bleeding, hypoglycemia, and hyper- or hypo-tension
COOKING NOTES Invigorating, fresh, sharp flavour with a touch of citrus

Adapted from:

Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

Rakel, D. (2007). Integrative Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders

Altman, R. D. and Marcussen, K. C. (2001), Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 44: 2531–2538. doi: 10.1002/1529-0131(200111)44:11<2531::AID-ART433>3.0.CO;2-J

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