Ginger Facts

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I absolutely adore ginger! It reminds me so much of my grandmother’s kitchen – something I could smell as soon as I walked into the house – because she was always cooking ginger cookies. There’s just something so warm and comforting about this spice, reminding me of my grandmother’s warm and comforting kitchen. We all know ginger can be really good for you! But, as with anything, it can have a few adverse affects too. Here are some surprising health risks and benefits of ginger.

First of all, did you know that ginger can lower your blood sugar levels? Yes, that’s right! Recent studies have shown that ginger, if taken in moderate doses in powdered form, actually reduced the blood sugar levels of patients with type 2 diabetes.

Ginger is also a wonderful natural remedy for nausea! Got a sick belly? Then try sipping a cup of warm ginger tea! Ginger can alleviate nausea caused by viruses or motion sickness. It can also help to relieve cramps caused by bloating or PMS and it’s also a wonderful appetite stimulant for those who are having trouble eating.

If you are pregnant, however, it might be a good idea to watch your ginger intake. The research on taking ginger while you are pregnant is still pretty inconclusive, so it might be best to wait it out until there’s a clearer conclusion. Some studies say it can really help nausea caused by morning sickness while others say there could be a connection between the consumption of ginger and miscarriage. It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you are pregnant.

Want to learn more about the benefits and risks of ginger? Then head on over to the “Reader's Digest” website by following the link in the description below!

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