Ginger (Zigiber Officinale) is a wonder spice that has long been used among Eastern countries for food flavoring and medicinal medicinal purposes. It was believed to originate in Southeast Asia, and now propagated by almost all major agricultural countries.
Its powerful effect on popular foods and cuisines made it a common ingredient in the preparation of some breads, cakes, pies, puddings, and fruit desserts. Its aroma and pungent taste alone can speak on its own that it has medicinal value. In the past, like the Philippines, it has been used with natural sweeteners and flavorings to make salabat, a hot juice used for sore throat and cough. A sip of salabat has been proven effective, making it available in every Filipino home.
Aside from this juice, ginger natural treatment continues to amaze the world for it brings both relief and prevention of some diseases and discomforts. The compounds found in ginger like gingerols, terpenoid zigiberine and bisabolene are proven effective to reduce or prevent the episodes of some digestive discomforts and other problems. Some of these are morning sickness in pregnancy, motion sickness, colic, lack of appetite, and vomiting. These attack the digestive system (salivation and peristalsis) and not the nervous system, making it produce less severe unwanted effects. As to motion sickness, it is advised to have ginger candy or any ginger products 30 minutes before boarding for more desirable effect.
Ginger natural treatment also talks on the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects from ginger oil. This is the reason why salabat and other ginger products are the best choice (natural) for cough, fever, and rheumatic problems.
Ginger is also blessed with some compounds that have similar actions as that of other compounds (as remedies) for cardiovascular diseases. Its diterpene inhibitor has blood clotting and cholesterol-lowering effects, making it beneficial in controlling blood pressure. With these actions, it also brings natural prevention on the occurrence of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or more popularly known as stroke.
The popularity of ginger as a wonder spice made it a common subject among medical laboratories, to study some more of its properties. Recently, some cancer-preventive compounds have been extracted from this spice. The gingerols and diarylheptanoids are found to have antioxidant and antimutagenic activity. Curcumin which stimulates the activity of glutathione-S-transferase (an enzyme causing the elimination of cancer-causing substances) is also present.
Though these beneficial effects of ginger to various diseases and illnesses are almost 100% effective, experts continues to conduct researches to confirm its exact mechanisms. Though this may be the case, there is no harm in trying ginger and ginger containing products for your discomforts, besides, this has been part of the daily Filipino meals. Also, there are some professionals out there supporting its positive effects.
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