Health Benefits of Ginger Root

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The health benefits of ginger root include reducing nausea, helping with morning sickness and reducing inflammation from arthritis. Avoid taking powdered ginger by ingesting fresh ginger or ginger tea with advice from a licensed dietitian in this free video on nutritional supplements.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness and I'm gong to talk to you about the health benefits of ginger root. Ginger root is something that has been used for thousands of years and initially it was used in Chinese and Asian medicine and Indian medicine as well, primarily for reducing digestive upset, things like nausea. In this country more recently ginger has actually become part of some anti nausea medications because there actually have been several studies that show that it does decrease nausea. Sometimes it can help with decrease in nausea associated with motion sickness such as seasickness or car sickness. It may also help with decreasing nausea related to chemotherapy and nausea related to morning sickness in pregnant women. So there's actually a variety of studies that have shown that this helps with reducing nausea. Some of the other benefits that have been purported with ginger root are reduction in inflammation, so for people who have arthritis. However this research is lacking. There is a lot of studies that show a significant reduction in arthritis symptoms or pain inflammation associated with arthritis, so that's something that's still in the works. But there is a lot of research that shows it does have definite benefits for decreasing nausea. Potential side effects in general, ginger root is very safe. You can use it in cooking, you can use it in teas, you cn buy it in capsules. However, with powdered ginger root there have been some side effects reported such as gas, bloating and actually nausea with the powdered ginger. So your better off using the actual ginger root, fresh as in a tea or cooking or you can actually buy pre prepared tea. But I would advise you not to use the powdered ginger because that's the one area where there have been a few side effects reported. With the teas, with the actual root, with cooking there really have not been any side effects reported. So ginger root can be very useful in actually reducing nausea.

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