Ginger: An outstanding root that curbs the growth of cancer cells, ginger destroys ovarian cancer cells in two ways—primarily by apoptosis (programmed cell death) and secondly by controlling inflammation which is often a precursor for cancer. Enjoy a healing cup of ginger tea every morning to cut down your ovarian cancer risk.[3]

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a herb with plenty of health benefits. The rhizome of the ginger plant is loaded with bioactive compounds and nutrients that are beneficial not only for the body, but also the brain.

Gingerol, the bioactive compound in ginger, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in relieving nausea, especially pregnancy-related morning sickness.[1,2.3]

Ginger provides effective relief from muscle pain resulting from exercise injuries.[4,5] It also relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis by alleviating joint pain and stiffness.[6,7] Ginger powder can also be useful in decreasing the intensity of menstrual pain.[8] The cholesterol-lowering effects of ginger are similar to the drug atorvastatin, a popular medicine used for lowering cholesterol levels.[9,10]

Ginger & Alzheimer’s
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline with age. Animal studies suggest that the bioactive compounds and antioxidants present in ginger can stop brain inflammation.[11]

Ginger can also enhance the brain function. A study done with 60 middle-aged women found that ginger extract can improve working memory and reaction time.[12] Animal studies verify that ginger can protect from age-related cognitive decline.[13,14,15]

How To Take It
Take ½tsp ginger paste with a glass of warm water twice daily to boost your brain health.

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2. Ernst E, Pittler MH. Efficacy of ginger for nausea and vomiting: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Br J Anaesth. 2000 Mar;84(3):367-71. Review. PubMed PMID: 10793599.

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10. Al-Noory AS, Amreen AN, Hymoor S. Antihyperlipidemic effects of ginger extracts in alloxan-induced diabetes and propylthiouracil-induced hypothyroidism in (rats). Pharmacognosy Res. 2013 Jul;5(3):157-61. doi: 10.4103/0974-8490.112419. PubMed PMID: 23901210; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3719255.

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15. Zeng GF, Zhang ZY, Lu L, Xiao DQ, Zong SH, He JM. Protective effects of ginger root extract on Alzheimer disease-induced behavioral dysfunction in rats. Rejuvenation Res. 2013 Apr;16(2):124-33. doi: 10.1089/rej.2012.1389. PubMed PMID: 23374025.