Food Facts - Herbs



1. Treating allergies :
Gingerís antihistamine property helps in treating allergies. It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. It is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds. A teaspoon of ginger juice with honey is effective against sore throat.

2. Treating Nausea and Vomiting :
Chewing ginger can reduce nausea and vomiting. According to studies, ginger can treat nausea caused as an adverse effect of surgery or chemotherapy. It is also helpful in motion sickness.

3. Preventing Morning Sickness :
In pregnant women ginger is beneficial in preventing morning sickness. But it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking it.

4. Remedy for Loss of Appetite :
Eating fresh ginger just before a meal can fuel a dull appetite. Ginger can fire up digestive juices and increase your appetite.

5. Aiding in Digestion :
Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also facilitates break down of proteins in food. Ginger protects the stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion.

Anti-flatulence :
Ginger has carminative (gas expulsion) properties thus it provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence.

7. Reduce Menstrual Pain :
Ginger, if taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in women.

8. Relieve Headache :
Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache. Ginger inhibits prostaglandin synthesis hence relieving pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.

9. Arthritis :Ginger oil due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory property can help reduce joint pain of arthritis.

10. Cancer :
Ginger root contains a very high level of antioxidants. Ginger has the ability to induce cell death and suppress certain protein. According to some studies, ginger can be a powerful weapon against cancers.