G IS FOR GIN­GER

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Gin­ger has been used by tra­di­tional so­ci­eties since an­cient times for its anti-nau­sea, anti-bac­te­rial, anti-vi­ral, an­tiox­i­dant and anti-par­a­sitic pow­ers. It is now the sub­ject of much sci­en­tific study for its ad­vanced an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. New re­search points to its ca­pac­ity to open con­stricted air­ways – de­mon­strated in sev­eral re­cent stud­ies, in an­i­mals and in hu­man cells tested in a lab. The sug­ges­tion is that gin­ger is ben­e­fi­cial for asth­mat­ics to con­sume reg­u­larly, along­side nor­mal med­i­ca­tion, be­cause of its po­tent anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anal­gesic prop­er­ties.

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