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Ginger: superfood at your fingertips

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Ginger, long considered a super food and readily available at local grocery stores, has been used for over 2,000 years to treat a variety of symptoms and disorders, including:

Nausea/vomiting

Diarrhea

Flatulence

Exercise-induced muscle pain

Joint inflammation

Menstrual cramping

Ovarian cancer

High blood pressure

Migraines

Lack of appetite

Throat and nose congestion (ginger steeped in hot tea)

Low sex drive

The root can be used fresh, juiced, powered, candied, and cooked, and is used to manage weight and glucose levels. Fresh ginger juice can be added to beverages such as tea and fruit juices, allowing the ginger to be readily absorbed into the blood stream. Peeled and grated ginger root can be added to soups and rice, providing flavor and healing benefits to food.

CAUTION:

Consult a doctor before consuming ginger if using blood-thinning medications, or if suffering from bleeding disorders.

Ginger recipes:

Apple-Ginger Chicken

Ginger Broccoli

Ginger-Orange Dressing

Ginger Sorbet

Lemon-Ginger Tea

Grapefruit, Carrot, and Ginger Juice (Whole Living)

2 chopped grapefruits (peel removed)

5 chopped carrots

1 inch fresh ginger, chopped

Juice all ingredients. Serves 1.

For more information about the benefits of ginger, please visit the following websites:

Medical News Today

Food Matters

WH Foods

Discovery Health

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (NCCAM)

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