Western medicine has really just starting to acknowledge the health benefits of eating ginger whereas in Asia it has been used for centuries for many common ailments. Dr Leo Galland M.D. for the Huffington Post shared some great ways to incorporate ginger into your diet plan and included a great recipe for a delicious ginger curry.
Ginger Fights Inflammation Naturally
In research done over the past 30 years, science has found support for the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, according to a review published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The authors note that one early study compared the medicinal potential of ginger to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Common examples of NSAID’s include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and aspirin. It found that ginger, like the NSAID’s, inhibits the enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2. (Cox 1 and 2). Further discoveries revealed that an extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale) inhibits several genes that contribute to inflammation.
The flavor of ginger is very unique and some love it their very first time, if you do not enjoy it right off don’t give up. Experiment by adding less next time or try a different recipe.