The Power Of Ginger…

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In a series of blog articles, Nutritional Therapist Josie Wareing takes a quick look at some of the ingredients we include in Troo products.  We’re starting with the delicious, warming spice ginger. We use ground ginger in two varieties of Troo Granola; Troo Granola Super Seedy with Calming Ginger and Troo Granola Nicely Nutty with Soothing Cinnamon.

Gut Health Credentials of Ginger

This versatile root has an incredible range of applications.  Its gut health credentials are at the forefront, as it has a long tradition as being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress.  It is known to support gas, heartburn and discomfort as a result of poor digestion.  There are studies showing how it can help to prevent the formation of stomach ulcers.  Ginger is also used as a remedy for nausea; often treating cases of sea-sickness, morning sickness and vomiting.

Gingers Other Therapeutic Benefits

Ginger is a very effective anti-inflammatory food as a result of its compounds called gingerols.  There is growing evidence that support its effectiveness in helping cases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis by relieving pain and swelling.

Further research shows that ginger has anti-tumour action and can therefore protect against the growth of certain cancer cells.  It has been studied in relation to many types such as breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and pancreatic cancer.  This immune-boosting action may be because ginger contains compounds which are anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.

As well as this, ginger is also anti-fungal, so can be used in cases of athlete’s foot and candida and other fungal infections.

Other health benefits that have been researched in relation to the effectiveness of ginger are improved glycaemic indices in patients with type II diabetes, reduction in muscle pain following exercise induced injury, easing menstrual pain and alleviating headaches.