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Ginger - Food Facts
Most of us have probably had ginger something-ginger ale, candy or tea- to help when we felt sick to our stomachs. It’s a good idea too because ginger has been shown to reduce nausea caused by any number of things including motion sickness, pregnancy (“morning sickness”) and chemotherapy.
Ginger has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in some studies and useful for both osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is also being used and studied more to treat painful periods in women, IBS and migraines.
Taking ginger root capsules of 250 1,000 mg divided in 2-4 doses is typical for most ailments and shown to be safe for most people. As always, check with your physician before taking and use extra caution if you are on a blood thinner like coumadin since ginger has a slight blood thinning effect.
Not sure you want to take capsules? Just cozy up with a nice cup of tea. You will get some of the same
benefits at a much lower cost and the added warmth that a cup of tea can bring in the cold
Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D.
Besides being a member of the 614Fitness community, Liz is a Registered Dietitian and staff dietitian at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has published numerous articles on diet and appears often on local television.
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