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Health Benefits of Ginger Revealed

One of best known benefits of ginger: ginger for nausea

There are a lot of things I remember about being stuck in bed with the stomach flu when I was a kid in the 1970s -- a black and white portable t.v. with an antenna and shows that were more static than picture, being brought into my room; maybe a new book or toy to pass the time; and a "meal" of ginger ale and dry toast.

As a parent, I too tried to comfort my children when they had an upset stomach. Luckily for them, they got color t.v. with hundreds of cable channels, perhaps a new toy or book if the illness was prolonged, and their choice of soda. It was not until years later that it occurred to me that the healing properties of my mother's soda regimen were not in the fizz of the soda, but were in fact from the ginger in the ginger ale.

With over 200 substances in the oils of ginger, it seems there are numerous benefits of ginger, that go beyond the age-old use of ginger for nausea. Ginger health benefits even show promise killing some types of cancer cells according to some studies. Since it is readily available in grocery stores and easily found as a whole root in the produce section, as a powder in the spice aisle, or as an ingredient in food and drinks, it is worth trying out.


Benefits of ginger go beyond just using ginger for nausea

Ginger health benefits are numerous - from alleviating an upset stomach, as one of the best morning sickness remedies, to showing promising results for ovarian and colon cancers.

Ginger health benefits are numerous - from alleviating an upset stomach, as one of the best morning sickness remedies, to showing promising results for ovarian and colon cancers.

Ginger can provide health benefits for the following conditions:

  • Morning sickness
  • Motion sickness
  • Inflammation
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and upset stomach
  • Migraine headaches
  • Colon & ovarian cancer


Ginger and morning sickness

Ginger, it seems, is one of the best morning sickness remedies. And trust me, if you've ever been desperate to figure out how to stop morning sickness, you're willing to try anything to make it go away. So, why not give ginger a try? According to Obstetrics and Gynecology and the review of multiple studies about taking ginger for morning sickness relief, taking ginger for morning sickness is considered effective and safe for the both the mother and unborn child. But it is recommended that pregnant women use fresh ginger root and not the powdered form. If the powdered form is used it should not exceed the recommended powdered ginger doses for pregnant women.

Caution: All pregnant women should always consult their doctor before taking ginger.


Ginger for motion sickness

For motion sickness sufferers, especially those that get seasick, taking ginger for motion sickness may provide relief. In fact, studies show that ginger is more effective than taking the popular over-the-counter medicine Dramamine.


Ginger can be found in some drinks

Ginger Ale is a good source of ginger, but be sure to read the label and get a ginger ale that contains real ginger, not ginger flavoring.

Ginger Ale is a good source of ginger, but be sure to read the label and get a ginger ale that contains real ginger, not ginger flavoring.

Ginger as an anti-inflammatory

Inflammation in the body is a bad thing for many reasons. But many arthritis sufferers who use ginger to treat their pain and discomfort, can attest to the fact that ginger often helps relieve chronic inflammation and pain. A study of over 200 hundred patients with osteoarthritis of the knee revealed that those taking ginger extract had less pain and needed to take less pain medication than those receiving a placebo.

Ginger for heartburn, nausea and upset stomach

Ginger's anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties not only alleviate the discomfort of heartburn, but help to prevent it, as well. Ginger goes directly to work on the digestive system making it an effective anti-nausea treatment when you are hit with an upset stomach. The compounds in ginger that give it its distinct flavor and smell, gingerols and phenols, are what make this possible. So, if you tend to get heartburn after eating a meal then consume ginger about an hour or so before you eat. As long as you keep your consumption of ginger within recommended doses, no more than four to six grams per day, then you should not have any side effects.


Ginger can be found in some packaged foods

You can get some of the benefits of ginger by eating foods that contain real ginger such as Ginger Snaps or Gingerbread cookies. Just be sure to read the labels to make sure the food is made with real ginger and not ginger flavoring.

You can get some of the benefits of ginger by eating foods that contain real ginger such as Ginger Snaps or Gingerbread cookies. Just be sure to read the labels to make sure the food is made with real ginger and not ginger flavoring.

Ginger for colon and ovarian cancer

Gingerol, the active compound in the ginger root may help slow the growth of colorectal tumors. According to Science Daily, less mice injected with colorectal tumor cells that were given gingerol got tumors in the same amount of time as the control group, and the the tumors that some of the gingerol-fed group of mice got were half the size of the control group's tumors. And lab studies involving ovarian cancer cells and ginger conducted by the University of Michigan showed the cancer cells actually dying.

Both of these studies are preliminary and of course colon and ovarian cancer patients should talk to their doctors.

Caution - All patients should consult their doctor prior to taking ginger. Ginger may cause you to bleed more easily so ginger should be avoided for days before any surgeries.


Ginger for migraine headaches

Prostiglandins can cause muscle contractions, one cause of migraines, and ginger may block this action of prostiglandins. Additionally, ginger and its anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties may also relieve migraines and their symptoms.


Side effects of ginger use and precautions

In high doses ginger can cause mild heartburn, diarrhea or irritation within the mouth. People with the following conditions should talk to their doctor about the use of ginger:

  • Gallstones
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women

The following groups of people should not take ginger since it can cause the blood to thin:

  • People about to have surgery
  • People on blood-thinning medications, including aspirin


Recommended doses of powdered ginger

 Recommended amounts in powdered formPrecautions

Children Under 2

None

Do not give powdered ginger to children under the age of 2.

Children Over 2

May be used for nausea, upset stomach, and headache

Talk to doctor about dose.

Pregnant Women

250 mg 4 times daily for 4 days

Talk to doctor prior to taking ginger. Do not exceed 1 g per day.

Arthritis Pain

250 mg 4 times daily

 

Nausea, Gas or Indegestion

.25 - 1 g daily

 

To Prevent Nausea

1 g every 4 hours

Do not exceed 4 doses daily

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Sources of ginger: experience the health benefits of ginger

  • Ginger root - Use in food recipes or to make drinks such as hot ginger tea or home-made ginger ale.
  • Ginger powder
  • Store-bought ginger ale, cookies, bread - Read the ingredients to ensure that real ginger is used and not ginger flavoring.
  • Ginger tea bags
  • Ginger capsules, tablets or softgels
  • Ginger candy - Lollipops, gum, etc. Read the ingredients to ensure that real ginger is used and not ginger flavoring.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Ilona from Ohio on January 14, 2014:

I love ginger, too, and glad that it is so good for you.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on July 27, 2012:

Thanks cclitgirl. I will have to check out your ginger recipe hub.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on July 25, 2012:

Yum! I LOVE ginger. This hub is so well done - no wonder it was hub of the day. I'm creating a recipe hub and I just have to link to this. :) I love how you spelled out all the uses of ginger. Funny...I actually just cut up a little to make some tea.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on January 29, 2012:

That's so true, BlissfulWriter. I like the "G" memory device for Ginger and Garlic.

BlissfulWriter on January 29, 2012:

Ginger and garlic is two of the world's healthiest natural food seasoning. The way that I remember is that they both start with the letter G.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on January 25, 2012:

Agreed MsKejci - Ginger is great for many of the illnesses that strike during the winter months.

Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on January 09, 2012:

Ginger is always a part of almost all Filipino cuisines. As a singer, I drink natural ginger tea to sooth my throat after a long period of rehearsals. Meanwhile, the yellow ginger is said to have some positive effects on people with diabetes. However, this information is somewhat considered speculative because no further studies support it. I am glad you included such idea in some of your disclaimers.

Very beautiful hub. Thank you very much for sharing. I learned a lot and appreciated ginger more! :)

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on January 02, 2012:

Thank you ishwaryaa22. Families like yours that use ginger on a regular basis probably will receive the most health benefits from ginger.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 02, 2012:

Your Hub is very informative and spread awareness among hubbers about importance of Ginger concerning its therapeutic benefits! Fortunately, my family use ginger in our home cooking. Your hub deserved the 'Hub of the Day'! Congrats! Way to go!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on October 25, 2011:

Glenn - Ginger does have anti-inflammatory properties so that my be one reason why it helps relieve aches and pains from working out. Thanks for your comments.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 25, 2011:

ktrapp, I have found that ginger ale helps with upset stomach. And I also buy Ginger Slices to eat as a snack. I feel it helps with aches from working out too much. Thanks for this well-researched hub. I voted up and useful. Congratulations on being selected for hub of the day!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on October 14, 2011:

Aceblogs - There certainly are people who don't care for the taste of ginger. But it is nice to know what it can do for you healthwise if ever you need to use it.

Aceblogs from India on October 14, 2011:

Well my grandmother always told me the benefits of Ginger , but you have given the detailed description of it here. Frankly i never liked its taste and never preferred to have it mixed in my food even , but i guess i have to rethink about it at least not always but maybe sometimes .

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 29, 2011:

Thanks cyoung35. It's nice to hear how your personal experience with ginger validates the research. Thanks for sharing it.

Chad Young from Corona, CA on September 29, 2011:

I try to eat ginger before going out on fishing trips in the ocean and I've never experienced motion sickness. I've taken dramamine and it hasn't worked so I switched to ginger after hearing about it and surprisingly it works. I didn't know it had as many benefits as this, I will have to look into taking it more than just when going fishing. Great hub!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 28, 2011:

Thanks for all the comments. I have also heard it is good for coughs and colds. I think some of the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger may partially contribute to this effect.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on September 28, 2011:

another use of ginger that i know is for cough and now i learned many more of its health benefits. thanks

Brenda Trott, M.Ed from Houston, TX on September 27, 2011:

Awesome hub! I used ginger for morning sickness but I didn't know you could get in powered form. It was rough to eat! I'm going to have to get some of that powered stuff for my next migraine. Congrats on your hub of the day!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 27, 2011:

Congrats for the hub of the day. Yes, ginger has a lot of benefits good for our health. I grew up with this ginger healing method for any kind of sicknesses such as stomach trouble and travel illnesses. Voted up. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

It's nice to see that so many of those commenting have personally experienced the health benefits of ginger, validating what so many people have known for so long about this root. It's also interesting to see how many people already enjoy the flavor of ginger, as well as the varied ways of consuming it.

As always, I appreciate your positive feedback, including votes, and sharing this article with others!

Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on September 27, 2011:

This is a great Hub! Had to Tweet it.

SmartyPens on September 27, 2011:

ktrapp, this is a very well-thought-out and written hub. My favorite kind of ginger is the candied kind. I could eat bags of it!

Cousin Fudd on September 27, 2011:

Great hub,when we were kids my mom made us ginger tea when we had colds. I really like the taste.

UnconqueredCoop from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 27, 2011:

I did not know that ginger was had so many great benefits. Fantastic hub.

the pink umbrella from the darkened forest deep within me. on September 27, 2011:

i drink ginger ale all of the time, like every day. i do love ginger snaps. ive never ventured beyond the ginger ale to help out my almost always nausiated belly, i usually go with mixing ginger ale with eating pepto bismol chewables.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Thank you ComfortB. Oh how I wish I had known about ginger when I had morning sickness many years ago!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on September 27, 2011:

I love ginger. I remember when I was pregnant with my last child, I always had ginger mint/candy, or tea to keep me from throwing up. Ginger Ale is my favorite soft drink.

Congrats ktrapp on such a detailed and informative hub of the day!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Stephaniedas - Thanks so much for the votes, as well as information on how you use ginger. It never would have occurred to me in pasta sauces. It's certainly a versatile flavor and has so many versatile benefits.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Thank you RTalloni. I always appreciate hearing from you. Most people tend to use ginger in food or in drinks. I am not sure about just taking it alone. I don't want to make any claims whatsoever, but I would assume that it is safe to take without food. Pharmacies do sell capsules and tablets and so it may be worth checking in with your pharmacist. I do know a lot of cultures eat it in large quantities. I've read that some people in India eat 8-10,000 mg of fresh ginger daily in their food. There's about a 6:1 ratio of fresh ginger to powdered ginger, but that still is a lot of ginger they are consuming without pesky side effects.

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on September 27, 2011:

Congratulations, this is a great hub. I love the flavor of ginger and I often use it in cooking to add some spice to pasta sauce and glazes and desserts. Its such a particular and versatile flavor. I also make ginger tea often for myself and my family whenever someone is suffering from digestive problems or menstrual pains. Voted up and awesome!

RTalloni on September 27, 2011:

Congrats on Hub of the Day! Well earned with this informative hub that has important information in it! :) You do good work and I always look forward to seeing your writing. Have you seen info on whether ginger for regular daily use should be taken with food?

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on September 27, 2011:

I appreciate that back-link ktrapp! Keep up the great work!

JSMatthew~

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Dipsmi - I am gathering that ginger tea is a morning staple for a lot of people. Thanks for reading and sharing this with your family. I hope it helps him out.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Made - Thanks for the congratulations and for thinking it was good enough to tweet. That means a lot.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

TatooKitty - Thanks for the ginger tea recipe in your comment. I hadn't heard of it for weight loss, but there's no harm in trying.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Hi J.S. - You did in fact tell me it was an awesome hub 8 days ago! Thanks for letting me include your recipe that has ginger in it.

Here's the link again, for anyone interested in trying out a recipe for sweet potato rolls with ginger: https://hubpages.com/food/2-Quick-Appetizer-Recipe...

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Thanks Saddlerider1. I like that, the two Gs.

dipsmi from Plymouth, Minnisota on September 27, 2011:

great hub!!!ginger tea is like a morning ritual in my home!the food becomes tasty with the ginger garlic paste!!!! My pa in law suffers from heartburn occasionally , will definitely share this hub with him. Thanks

Madeleine Salin from Finland on September 27, 2011:

Congratulations, ktrap! Really good hub! I had to tweet it!

TattooKitty from Hawaii on September 27, 2011:

Very informative hub about the benefits of ginger! I'm actually drinking my morning ginger tea right now (it is said to help with weight loss as well).

To make your own ginger tea, just boil some crushed/sliced ginger stalks in water. Sweeten (with honey) to taste, and chill in the fridge ;)

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on September 27, 2011:

Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day! I told you this was an Awesome Hub!

JSMatthew~

saddlerider1 on September 27, 2011:

Two staples in my kitchen. Ginger and Garlic the Double. G's Great and Good for you....lol

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Hey Arlene! Thanks for the congratulations.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

It seems like I better get some more links to recipes using ginger. I will work on that the next few days and be sure to add them to this article.

Arlene V. Poma on September 27, 2011:

Hey there, k! Congratulations on Hub of Day! I'm used to ginger in my stir fries and any cooking I do. Of course, of course, of course, as someone who doesn't drink, I'll hit the ginger ale instead of Coke or 7-Up. Ginger ale is much more tasty!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 27, 2011:

Great hub! I learned a lot reading this. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

Noemi Beres from Cyprus on September 27, 2011:

Great hub, thank you for it. Do you make a drink from ginger if you use fresh or how do you consume it? Are there any recipes?

Moira Garcia Gallaga from Lisbon, Portugal on September 27, 2011:

Congratulations for being chosen Hub of the Day! Very useful article. Here in my country the Philippines the benefits of ginger is very much appreciated. It's widely used in our cuisine and for various other applications as well which some of the comments on this hub have pointed out. One additional use of ginger here, particularly in the more rural areas, is as a charm against evil spirits, much in the same way that garlic is supposed to ward off vampires.

PiaC from Oakland, CA on September 27, 2011:

I'll second Pinkchic's suggestion about the ginger recipes! I'd love a few new recipes using ginger, which I love!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on September 27, 2011:

Firstly, congrats on the hub of the day! Secondly, this was really helpful! I've read about using ginger for home remedies but never anything more than that. You should do another hub about recipes and such to use ginger in! Thanks for sharing this :)

Don Bobbitt from Ruskin Florida on September 27, 2011:

You tell this to a confirmed Choco-Holic? LOL!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Hi Don - And the next one is going to be about chocolate chip cookies - talk about informative!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

NM Lady (I assume that's New Mexico Lady ???) I have got to try making it myself. I included a recipe from Chuck on homemade ginger ale, but have yet to have the time to try. How do you keep 3 quarts without losing carbonation?

Don Bobbitt from Ruskin Florida on September 27, 2011:

Another Great and informative Hub!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Lord de cross - Ginger in chicken noodle soup - that should take care of everything. Gramma always knows best! Thanks for commenting.

NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on September 27, 2011:

Congrats on the Hub!

We love ginger. I have about 3 quarts of home made ginger ale in the fridge right now!

Thanks for all the good info.

voted up!

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 27, 2011:

Hi there,

Excellent research, with tables and useful tips. Gramma used to cut ginger into pieces and would drop them into a chicken noodle soup. For stomaches and nausea I get my ginger ale from the vending machine. You covered it all.. flagged up!

LORD

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

manmade76 - You are welcome. I'm glad you find this information about ginger useful.

Hub_Specialist - Thank you for the vote, taking the time to look at my other articles and for choosing to follow. I'm sure there will be many great conversations - HubPages seems to bring that out in people.

Hub_Specialist from New Delhi, India on September 27, 2011:

@ktrapp: This is really a nice hub which will provide good information on this particular topic. I checked all your hubs and find them really interesting, voting it up and hope for the great conversations in future, for that I am following you!

manmade76 from Kolkata on September 27, 2011:

Great hub with very useful information,thanks

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Applecsmith - I truly hope ginger helps with your migraines and resulting nauseau. I would love to hear how it works out for you. Thank you for your comment.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on September 27, 2011:

Oh my gosh, I didn't realize ginger had such amazing benefits. I get terrible migraines that make me nauseous and I haven't been able to find much of anything that helps. But this sounds like it could do the trick.

Thank you so much for sharing, this is invaluable information. Congratulations on being the Hub of the day!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Chablis345 - I hope it helps. Just don't take excessive amounts because ironically that may lead to mild heartburn. The key word there, is excessive. Thanks for reading.

chablis345 from Berkshire on September 27, 2011:

I suffer with indegestion and hearburn so ginger is going on my shopping list now!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Susan Ng - I wanted to get back to you with answers to your questions. Some sources say not to exceed 6 grams and others say 4 grams. So, I revised the article to say, "no more than four to six grams per day."

One gram of powdered ginger is about 1/2 tsp. The powder form is much more concentrated than the actual root. If taken in moderation then side effects should not be an issue. But if taken excessively, side effects may include mild nausea and diarrhea. Additionally, some people may feel irritation within their mouth. But this is only if it is taken in very large doses. I have added a chart with dosing for ginger in its powdered form. Thanks for your questions.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

Thank you missolive for the compliments.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on September 27, 2011:

What a great hub! Very informative and easy to read - excellent choice for Hub of the Day! Did I mention - I LOVE ginger? ;)

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 27, 2011:

I appreciate all of the congratulations for hub of the day. I was quite surprised when I opened up HubPages today -- not only see that this article had been selected, but from the many varied comments from everyone. Your comments telling how you have benefited from ginger and the ways you like to use it are so helpful to everyone interested in experiencing some of its benefits.

Like any herb, precautions should be taken in its use or overuse. I have added a list of these precautions and dosing amounts for anyone considering using ginger as a powder.

Thank you for sharing all of your comments!

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on September 27, 2011:

Ktrapp, congratulations on hub of the day! I knew that ginger was good for the stomach (because of ginger ale) and my Mom used to give it to us for PMS symtoms too in the form of ginger tea. I had never heard of it for a headache. That is a good one that I will keep in mind for the next time someone in my house has a headache. Great hub and thanks for sharing!

Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on September 27, 2011:

I have used powdered ginger for years in my cooking but used fresh ginger about a week ago in a new recipe. Wow. What a difference. I'll be buying fresh a lot more now. Thanks for all the valuable information.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on September 27, 2011:

Ginger is also a good blood thinning agent and is not to be used too often or can preven the blood from clotting, but is absolutely very good to include in diet.

In Jamaica we use it for relieving gas and bloating. Be certain not to use when you have stomach ulcers, it could make the problem worse.

LIVEMORE from INDIA on September 27, 2011:

ONE MORE, THAT IS VERY AMAZING THING ABOUT GINGER, MIX FIVE OR SIX DROPS OF GINGER JUICE IN WATER AND USE IT FOR BATHING. IT IS REDUCING BODY SMELL.

snlee from Asia Pacific Regions on September 27, 2011:

Ginger is commonly used in Chinese cooking recipes, especially for fishing cooking recipes.

jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on September 27, 2011:

Excellent hub, well written and well researched and is deserving of "Hub of the Day" - congratulations. My midwife told me to eat 2-3 ginger biscuits before getting up in the morning as I had terrible morning sickness when I was pregnant. It really worked. I was not aware that ginger could help with so many other ailments. Voted up and very useful.

Susan Ng Yu on September 27, 2011:

I've recently developed a taste for ginger and I eat it every other day. Was just wondering, what side effects were you referring to when you said to limit ginger intake to 6 grams a day? I can't picture how much 6 grams is, I might be eating more than that in a day. :O

mottiandbander from Chd on September 27, 2011:

I love Ginger tea my mom made the best in the morning.

Ankush Kohli from India on September 27, 2011:

We Indians always knew about it. In Ayurveda, there is lot of mentioning of its benefits. It is quite helpful in cold and cough. It is a regular spice along with garlic in our daily meals. Its use with tea is most common, especially in winters.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on September 27, 2011:

ginger is also an effective sleep aid. i use 1/2 tsp of ginger powder in a cup of milk (warm and sweetened if you like) at bedtime.

chamilj from Sri Lanka on September 27, 2011:

Great article! Thanks! I really like Ginger Ale.

lyns from USA on September 27, 2011:

I had know ideal ginger was good for so many things I love ginger snack cookies so that's good to know thanks for the article

amazingdomains from London on September 27, 2011:

Congrats @ktrapp, good work! keep it up.

Anish Patel from San Francisco + Mumbai on September 27, 2011:

I get migraines. I will definitely try ginger in my tea. Thanks for this. voted useful!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 24, 2011:

Miccimom - That's what my mother did too. While I love the taste of ginger ale I do associate it with having the stomach flu.

Kashmir56 - Thanks for the comments. I am going to go on the hunt for more recipes that include ginger so I can work it into my everyday life through meals, not sugary drinks or desserts.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 24, 2011:

great well written hub on all the good benefits of using ginger in our everyday lives .

Useful and vote up !!!

miccimom from U.S.A on September 22, 2011:

When I was growing up as a child ,My mom would give us Ginger-Ale when sick. So I do the same now with my kids. Great hub!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 21, 2011:

It's true Simone. I've experienced the anti-nausea aspect of it myself and it seems to hold up in a lot of studies that have been done on ginger. Yup - very cool!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 21, 2011:

Whoah- I had no idea ginger could be a cure for nausea- or any of these other things! How cool!!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 21, 2011:

Thanks pedrn44. It's interesting how varied the benefits of ginger are too.

Sandi from Greenfield, Wisconsin on September 21, 2011:

This is very informative! I never knew Ginger had so many health benefits. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 20, 2011:

Thanks for commenting Megan. There is a link to a recipe at the end of the hub contributed by J.S. Matthews for an appetizer he calls sweet potato rolls with ginger if that is of interest. But, I am going to track down recipes for my own family to work it into meals. Ginger is in a lot of stir fries.

Megan Coxe from somewhere between here and there on September 20, 2011:

Very informative hub. I was looking into this the other day, and saw that ginger could help with digestion. I didn't know all of the other benefits. Now I just have to figure out ways to add it to recipes!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 20, 2011:

The health benefits of ginger are numerous, but I never heard anything about making your voice clearer. Do you mean helping with cold viruses, because some people do think ginger helps with that too? Thanks for commenting naturalsolutions.

naturalsolutions on September 20, 2011:

All i know about ginger is, it makes our voice more clearer.lol I thought it is the only thing that it can give but i was wrong.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 20, 2011:

A lot of people enjoy ginger tea. If I am going to drink it, I do like ginger ale, but the tea has no sugar compared to the soda. So, you are making the healthier choice, Alladream.

Victor Mavedzenge from Oakland, California on September 20, 2011:

Ginger tea is my favourite,gives me such a lift every time. Good hub ktrapp.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 19, 2011:

Very interesting Dinesh. After reading your comment I looked up Onam. It sounds like an amazing festival. That is astounding how many of the dishes use ginger. Since ginger is such a key ingredient in Indian food, has such astounding health benefits and shows promise with colon cancer, I would be curious to know how the colon cancer rates in India compare to the United States. Thanks for your great contribution.

VENZKHVAM from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers on September 19, 2011:

Dear Ktrapp,

In India especially south India in Kerala there is a festival known as " Onam " This festival is known for lavish feasts daily for 10 days.

in that you are suppose to keep some 110 varieties of dishes.

so as per our ancient history and stories this ginger is

considered equal to 101 dishes plus they keep another 9 normal dishes to manage the traditions. That much value ginger has.

And no doubt as you had explained nicely the benefits of

ginger are plenty specially it is very effective in stomach and your bowel management.

I really appreciate you for putting this informative up in your hubs.

I had voted this up and also useful

With war regards

Dinesh Nair

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 19, 2011:

That all sounds so delicious. It's amazing how foods like ginger with so many health benefits are so versatile - candy, cookies, bread, stir-fry, drinks, etc.

Truckstop Sally on September 19, 2011:

The chocolate-covered ginger came from a local combo store/ice cream parlor -- Candilicious and the Chocolate Bar. I am out of town today, but I will look at the ingedients to see what more I can share. I also love Ginger Beer. It is non-alcoholic, but it is great mixed with gin! Gin Gin Fizz!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on September 19, 2011:

I really wish I knew about using ginger for relieving morning sickness years ago too. But, now that I think about it we didn't have the internet then to find such useful information. My remedy was to try and eat small bites of a plain waffle and not think as I drove to work, and then eat a plain baked potato for dinnner. It really didn't work!

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