Did you know you can eat ginger for arthritis inflammation? Ginger is one of those common kitchen ingredients we don’t think about much. We know it is spicy-sweet, that it is an essential part of a curry, a soup and a sauce. We know it makes our green tea taste extra zingy and we know we love its uniqueness. But did you ever consider that the lowly ginger plant is a natural cure for arthritis? Yes, ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory.
More About Ginger
Ginger is officially known as Zingiber officinale and is the dried or fresh root of the plant. It has been used medicinally for generations to treat aching joints, circulation and nausea. Now more studies are linking ginger to a cure for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, the side effects of chemotherapy and general nausea and vomiting. Ginger is also a wonderful colds and flu medication, especially when mixed with lemon and honey.
Ginger is a natural pain reliever because it overpowers inflammatory molecules called leukotrienes. It can also turn off specific inflammatory genes and is said to be just as effective as taking ibuprofen. Inflammation is the first sign of an immune system in stress – ginger is an antioxidant which improves immunity when it reduces this inflammation. The best thing about ginger is that it treats arthritis well.
In one study, ginger helped to reduce osteoarthritis pain in a patient’s knee. It decreases inflammation in the joint, providing relief and allowing better joint mobility. Some fitness experts have used ginger to ease muscle pain after a workout. The ginger worked best when heat-treated and a gel containing ginger worked well to ease the pain. Topical applications of ginger seem to work wonders on joint and muscle pain.
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The best way to take ginger for inflammation of arthritis is to use a tea, tincture, capsules or topical gel. Raw ginger root is best. Second best is a concentrated form of organic ginger. Take it a few times a day to treat arthritis pain.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis reveals itself in aching joints, swollen joints, stiff joints and reduced mobility. This debilitating disease comes in more than 100 different types. It can affect all age groups, including children. In today’s Western world, arthritis is on the rise. An unfortunate result of our reliance on instant gratification, processed foods and constant unhealthy snacking.
The two main types of arthritis include:
- Osteoarthritis – when the cartilage in the joint wears away and bone rubs on bone causing severe pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis – an inflammatory arthritis, an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks the body’s joints and inflammation becomes rife. Erosion of the joints occurs, but so too are the eyes, organs and other parts of the body affected.
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