Ginger is a calming spice that has long been touted not only for its ability to add a powerful punch of flavor to both sweet and savory recipes, but for its nutritional and anti-nausea properties. Now, doctors and experts are saying that it may be a powerful weapon to help combat certain types of inflammation that cause pain.
Because ginger contains dozens of phytonutrients called gingerols, it is a powerful agent to help fight inflammation, including the kind that causes arthritis pain. According to the Huffington Post, Japanese researchers recently reported in the Journal of Medicinal Food that red ginger is used in Indonesian traditional medicine as a painkiller for arthritis.
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Two recent studies show that eating ginger after you work out can ease muscles soreness the following day. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds and volatile oils called gingerols that have been shown to have analgesic and sedative effects in animals. Researchers have now examined the effects in humans.
One study gave examined participants who did exercises designed to cause muscle pain over 11 days. Some of the participants where given raw ginger supplements, some heat-treated ginger supplements, and some a placebo. Both groups taking the ginger supplements reported less muscle pain. They conclude, “This study demonstrates that daily consumption of raw and heat-treated ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury.”
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Western medicine is starting to pay attention to traditional healing herbs. “We’re now starting to see a scientific basis for why people have been using spices medicinally for thousands of years,” says Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center. Although it’s difficult to say that spices can cure disease, they can be beneficial when fighting a variety of health conditions, from Alzheimer’s disease and cancer to the common cold.
Here are six of the healthiest spices from around the world, gathered by Eating Well.
Try it in: Turkey Tomato Soup
Sage may help preserve memory, a fitting benefit for its name. Some research suggests that it can help regulate enzymes in the brain to prevent the deterioration of acetylcholine, improving symptoms that lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Herbalists also recommend sipping on hot sage tea to sooth sore throats and upset stomachs.
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A new product is about to hit the market in the next couple of months but will only be available through network marketing and will not be found in any of your larger chain retail stores. As a holistic health counselor, I always have my eye out for products that are hitting the market that will benefit my health and the health of my family, friends and clients I work with. As we all know from all the advertising around us (does anyone remember there being at least 3 Superbowl ads for health drinks this past February?), companies are jumping on the bandwagon to break into the market place, even Coca-Cola is advertising coke with vitamins.
As luck would have it a product crossed my path that is changing peoples’ lives and as soon as I heard all the amazing benefits and testimonials from people, I knew this was not just another marketing scheme. It is a health drink called Zrii™, which is a new nutritional drink supplement whose main ingredient – the Amalaki fruit – is regarded as one of the world’s most powerful rejuvenating foods and which has been revered above other foods in traditional ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, which means “science of life”, is a 5,000 year old medical system from India, which aims to create balance in all areas of health. It is commonly referred to as the Mother of all Healing Systems.
The Amalaki super food is a fruit no bigger than the size of a golf ball that is found at the base of the Himalayan mountain range in India. Ayurveda describes the fruit as the most important botanical for promoting cellular rejuvenation, enhancing immune function, and increasing vitality. In addition there are six complementary botanicals, all of which when paired together provide more amazing benefits than each ingredient individually. They are as follows:
Ginger: Improves digestion, absorption and assimilation
Turmeric: Improves circulation and digestion; noted anti-inflammatory effects
Tulsi: Improves digestion and intestinal health
Jujube: Calms the nerves
Schizandra: Enhances mental function and memory
Haritaki: Helps nourish tissues
The Chopra Center for Wellbeing wholeheartedly endorses Zrii, The Original Amalaki. For those of you who are not familiar with Deepak Chopra and the Chopra center, Deepak is acknowledged as one of the world’s leaders in the field of medicine, body and mind. He served as the chief of staff at Boston Regional Medical Center and began to incorporate western medicine. In 1996, he founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing with David Simon, MD, bridging the miracles of the west with the wisdom of the east. The Chopra center promotes the use of Amalaki to support better health.
To learn more about Zrii and to learn more about how you can be not only incorporating Zrii into your everyday life but sharing it with others as well please visit eatlivelaugh.myzrii.com. The testimonials on Zrii are outstanding and I am so happy to be able to share this wonderful product with you.
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