More and more people are looking for natural, alternative methods of relieving inflammation due to the side effects of over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications. Ginger, also known as ginger root, contains some documented, powerful anti-inflammation properties, and these benefits happen to come with little to no side-effects.
If you’re looking for an alternative to NSAIDS or other drugs, you may want to read further.
Side Effects Of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (pronounced en-saids), are the most commonly prescribed medications for treating inflammation. The ones most people are familiar with are aspirin and ibuprofen. These over the counter medications as well as prescription NSAIDS, such as, celecoxib, ketoprofen, oxaprozin, sulindac, and others can unfortunately have unwanted side effects. Some of these side effects include:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Bleeding and ulcers in the stomach and intestine
- Kidney problems including kidney failure
- Liver problems including liver failure
- Life-threatening skin reactions
- Life-threatening allergic reactions
- Low red blood cells (anemia)
- Asthma attacks in people who have asthma
- Stomach Pain
Ginger Works As Good As NSAIDS With Fewer Side Effects
Ginger has been shown in studies to share anti-inflammatory pharmacological properties with NSAIDS and, in fact, may have better overall therapeutic value with fewer side effects. Ginger helps to modulate biochemical pathways activated in chronic inflammation and has been shown to inhibit the induction of several genes involved in the inflammatory response.
Translation: This stuff is really good for inflammation, and it’s good in more ways than one! 🙂
Inflammation is at the root of many health and chronic autoimmune disorders including many types of arthritis. This makes ginger not only a candidate for aiding in the relief of headaches caused by inflammation (ginger also helps with migraines) , but also places ginger in a position to be of great help to people suffering from arthritis as well as many other types of inflammatory problems.
If you would like to do further research on your own into the specific anti-inflammatory properties that ginger contains, the main components involved relating to ginger for inflammation are the ginger isolates 1-dehydro-10-gingerdione (1D10G), 12-dehydrogingerdione (12-DHGD) and Gingerols which -Gingerol has been the main focus of.
Is Fresh Ginger Better Than Powdered?
Many sources, including this one, state that fresh ginger is not only superior in flavor, but also contains higher levels of the specific compound; gingerol, that reduces inflammation. While this is true, other sources have shown that the compound shogaol which is found in higher concentrations in powdered ginger contains, at least, as much anti-inflammatory benefits as gingerol, and possibly more.
What I’ve found by digging even deeper is that many sources, including this detailed one here, highly recommend using both fresh and powdered (dried) ginger, because the fresh ginger contains more gingerol, and the powdered ginger contains more shogaol. By using both, you get a nice blend of both of these powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.
Juicing Ginger Provides A Concentrated Dose Of Anti-Inflammatory Goodness!
One great way to get fresh ginger into your diet is to juice it! Juicing it allows you to consume larger amounts of ginger and tone down that spicy flavor a bit by mixing in other veggie and fruit juices. Plus you can add even more anti-inflammatory ingredients into your juice; like we do with the anti-inflammatory juice recipes on this page here.
Here’s a sampling of two of the anti-inflammatory juice recipes you’ll find on that page.
Don’t those look good? Yep… There’s more of them on that page. You might want to head on over there! 🙂
Ginger adds a nice warming spicy flavor that works well with many other vegetable and fruit juices. There’s three more recipes with ginger on our apple juice recipes page here. Enjoy!
Using Fresh Ginger In Salad
Before I link you to some delicious salad recipes that use fresh ginger in the dressing, I just had to share this great article I found about how to use ginger in salad. Not only are there a couple of recipes there, but there’s also some good suggestions that may give you a better idea for how to work fresh ginger into your own salads. See what you think.
Ok… I just found more and can’t help but share it, here. This page here includes 10 ways to use fresh ginger and it includes, a ginger applesauce (Yes, seriously, and it looks good!), smoothie idead, and how to make ginger tea with fresh ginger.
Alright, here’s a few salad recipes that use fresh ginger in the dressing:
This salad recipe, pictured above, comes with instructions for making a delicious lemon/lime ginger dressing.
Above is the absolutely delicious Best Detox Salad with Lemon-Ginger Dressing from Detoxinista.com. Yummy!
Holy cow! This one is good. I don’t know about you, but I love coleslaw! I would of never thought of including ginger in a coleslaw, and I thank Erum from Totalsalads.com for this Oriental Ginger Coleslaw recipe.
A Ginger Recipe That Use Powdered Ginger
It isn’t too hard to find ways to use powdered ginger in your cooking or other recipes. I, personally, like to sprinkle some in with rice and veggie dishes. Very good!
If you do need something to get your creative juices flowing, here’s a tasty recipe that uses powdered ginger.
Spicy Thai Rice by feastie.com looks like a tasty ginger dish!
Ginger has clearly been shown to be a wonderful, natural anti-inflammatory ingredient. I personally love using ginger in my juice recipes, my salads, and in my cooking. I’ve also used it with success as a natural anti-inflammatory for psoriatic arthritis which, thanks to my juicing habit; healthy eating; and healthy lifestyle changes, I no longer have to worry about.
I hope ginger will find its way into your kitchen as a healthy and natural anti-inflammation remedy!
Other References Used
- Anti-inflammatory Effects of the Zingiber officinale roscoe Constituent 12-Dehydrogingerdione in Lipopolysaccharide-stimulated Raw 264.7 Cells.
- Inhibition of LPS binding to MD-2 co-receptor for suppressing TLR4-mediated expression of inflammatory cytokine by 1-dehydro-10-gingerdione from dietary ginger.
- Inhibitory potential of ginger extracts against enzymes linked to type 2 diabetes, inflammation and induced oxidative stress.
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