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Ginger For Inflammation

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A piece of ginger cut in halfUsing ginger for inflammation problems is a great idea. Ginger, the underground stem, of the plant Zingiber officinale has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since primeval times. The significant active components of the ginger root are considered to be volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds.


The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been known and valued for centuries. During the past 25 years, many laboratories have supplied scientific support for the long-held belief that ginger contains ingredients with anti inflammatory properties. Several health care professionals use ginger to help treat health problems associated with inflammation, such as arthritis and ulcerative colitis. In a study of 261 people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, those who received a ginger extract a couple of times every day suffered less pain and required fewer pain killers as compared to those who received a placebo.  


Ginger products are made from fresh or dried ginger root, or from steam distillation of the oil in the root. The herb is obtainable in extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils. Fresh ginger root can also be bought and prepared as a tea. To use fresh ginger, remove the dark peel and cut a section of the light colored root. Ginger is also a frequent cooking spice and can be found in an array of foods and drinks, including ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger candy, and ginger ale. Finely chop the ginger and it is ready to use in recipes for cooked dishes. With adults ginger intake should not exceed 4 grams daily.


Ginger for inflammation can be great but it may modify the effects of some prescription and nonprescription medications. If you are at present being treated with medications, you should not use ginger without first talking to your health care provider.


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Ginger For Inflammation