Ginger has been around for centuries for it’s natural medicinal benefits in many cultures. In the United States, it’s been popularly known for its ability to soothe upset stomach and nausea.
In fact, ginger has been shown to be effective in treating arthritis, morning sickness, motion sickness, heart health, and more. Research also shows that ginger may provide a natural remedy for those suffering from asthma!
Ginger can help treat asthma symptoms.
Ginger has been found to help ease asthma symptoms by opening up constricted airways. Lead researcher, Elizabeth Townsend says that, “Ginger works by simultaneously inhibiting an enzyme that helps cause airway muscles to constrict and activating another enzyme that tends to relax the airways.”
Furthermore, the study discovered that ginger worked particularly well in combination with a medication currently used in bronchodilators asthmatics, which is carried by those who have difficult time breathing.
This study was published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology last year.
Ginger’s benefits for asthma are due to the potent antioxidant activity.
Ginger’s components contain gingerols, shogaols, and zingerones, which has been believe to have a particular anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
If left untreated, asthma is considered a serious condition and asthma medications could carry even more lethal side effects. Due to the fact that ginger does enhance bronchodilation, Dr. Joseph Mercola says that, “It may provide a much safer alternative, or at least adjunct, to current medications on the market, which is badly needed.”
Here are some simple ways to use ginger.
Ginger is very easy to use despite of its intimidating brown-looking root. You could just chop off a few inches and allow it to steep in hot water for a natural and soothing ginger tea. Another way to use it is to slice it thinly or mince it finely in order to add it to tea or cooked dishes.
When left unpeeled, fresh ginger root can be stored in the pantry for up to one week, in refrigerator for up to four weeks, and in the freezer for up to three months. This definitely makes it seem like it’s incredibly easy to keep on hand!
Source: The Raw Food World