Thursday, 16 February 2012

Arthur Investigates...Ginger

I thought today we'd look at ginger; one of my favourite things. Crystallised ginger, ginger ale, ginger tea, in fact ginger flavoured everything is good with me...
There is some evidence that ginger may suppress the chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammation. Studies have suggested that it can help reduce joint pain both in osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis but more research on how much needs to consumed for it to be effective and for how long is needed . Ginger is also an effective anti-nausea treatment, which is handy if your medication has left you feeling a bit icky.
If you want to try ginger for joint pain, you'll want to consume at least 1 gram a day. Ginger is easy to use in either powdered or fresh root form. They have slightly different tastes, the dried powder is quite intense and spicy whilst the fresh root is zingy and refreshing. Try fresh ginger grated on apple, pineapple or melon for a lively desert. A piece of fresh root ginger with boiling water poured over also makes a lovely ginger tea. In savoury dishes, throw it into curries, stir fries and soups for a subtle warm kick.

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