Study shows Ginger may be better for pain than drugs!

Ginger which is one of the most commonly used Chinese herbs is compared favorably to cortisone and ibuprofen for the treatment of oesteo and rheumatoid arthritis amounts.

Ginger extract was found to be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs but without all the side effects such as weight gain, muscle weakness, depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, acne, headaches, breathing and vision problems.

Where as the positive effects of eating ginger could be a wonderful stir fry, or curry and Delia ginger cake. How bad is that remedy?

In one study, Dr. Srivastava gave arthritic patients small amounts of ginger daily for three months. The majority of people had significant improvements in pain, swelling, and morning stiffness by eating ginger daily. Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Chinese and Indian medicine as a natural anti-inflammatory food.

Dr. Srivastava also found that ginger was superior to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which only work on one level: to block the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger, on the other hand, blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds–prostaglandins and leukotrienes–and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.

Further research in the Journal of Pain also report that ginger is an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation. Both raw ginger and heated ginger were used in the study with similar effectiveness. The scientists specifically explored ginger’s effects on muscle pain.

How to Reap the Anti-Pain Benefits of Ginger
-Add chopped, fresh ginger to soups, stews, stir-fries, cakes and other recipes. Ginger is delicious in many savory and sweet dishes alike.

What’s your excuse for eating ginger cake?

(Thanks to Michelle Schoffro Cook )

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