Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ginger - A Zesty Spice with Health Benefits

Many herbs and plants are used for medicinal and health purposes. Chemical compounds found in ginger that provide for its zesty flavor - shogaol and gingerol - produce a reduction in intestinal contractions and neutralize digestive acids. Use ginger as an antidote for travel sickness. It inhibits the body's production of substances which contribute to both fever and bronchial constriction. The gingerols in ginger also behave as natural cough suppressants.

The most natural form of ginger is most effective. You can purchase raw ginger at your local health food store. The active ingredients in ginger retain potency when processed. Try drinking ginger tea made with half a teaspoon of grated root ginger and boiled water.

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