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Can ginger help cure osteoarthritis? Find out more

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Ginger is more or less a highly underestimated root. It has a number of nutrients and bio-active compounds that are beneficial for both the body and the brain. The medicinal properties of ginger are plenty too.

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The Giberol component found in ginger has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Especially good as a cancer prevention herb, ginger can cure morning sickness caused due to chemotherapy or during pregnancy or post-surgery. It is great for patients suffering from osteoarthritis.

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Ginger is a natural remedy for digestive ailments, gas, bloating, or other stomach irritability conditions. It can also be used to treat period cramps. Ginger helps to reduce the bad cholestrol level in the body and increase the good cholesterol level. Studies have proven that ginger can stop the onset of poor memory that comes with age for some women. There are instances of ginger being used to bring down the sugar level in blood, though this does not have any scientific base.

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The optimum quantity of daily ginger usage is very little for children in the age group of 2 to 6, 4 gm for adults and 1 gm for pregnant women. When had in excess, ginger could cause heartburn, stomach pain, vomiting, or burning sensation in the mouth.

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Those suffering from diseases like Crohn's diseases, Gall stones, Bleeding disorder, heart ailments should necessarily consult with the doctor or dietician before consuming ginger. Certain medications used by patients with diabetes or hypertension has found to react with some compounds found in ginger. They should have ginger with a care. 

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