Ginger has been said by some to be a plant directly from the Garden of Eden. Ginger was widely used by the ancient Romans and it was a very expensive spice: one pound of ginger was equivalent to the price of a whole sheep. Ginger almost became lost in history after the fall of the Roman empire, but became popular again when Europe re-discovered it. Ginger has influenced the history of man since ancient China. Wars were waged and entire dynasties rose and fell with the objective of seizing it. The trade of such spices were the root of the world's economy for centuries.
People around the world have turned to ginger as a cure for various ailments for centuries. In various studies, ginger has been shown to be highly effective in preventing, and curing, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and a variety of other illnesses. For example, the blood clots that trigger heart attack dissolve when exposed to ginger. Ginger interferes with the long sequence of events necessary for blood clots to form. This helps to prevent clots that can lodge in narrowed coronary arteries and set off a heart attack.
Something called thromboxane synthesis initiates clot formation. Ginger is a potent inhibitor of this process. Ginger also inhibits The clumping together of platelets in the blood. So ginger inhibits blood clots in at least two ways. In a study in Prostaglandins Medicine, ginger inhibited blood clots more effectively than onion or garlic. Ginger also increases the strength of the heart. Scientists call ginger a cardiotonic agent because of its ability to increase energy production in the heart and to enhance calcium pumping within heart cells that is required for optimal cardiac output.
Plants of the ginger family have been shown to inhibit tumor promotion in mouse skin. Water spiked with ginger extract, when given to mice, significantly slowed the development of mammary tumors, according to a Japanese study published last year. Ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells researchers have discovered. Dr. Rebecca Liu, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan tested ginger powder dissolved in solution by putting it on ovarian cancer cell cultures. "It killed the ovarian cancer cells in two different ways - through a self-destruction process which caused the cancer cells to kill themselves, and through causing the cancer cells to digest themselves", the researchers told a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The substance called gingerol is the main active compound in ginger root and the one that gives ginger its distinctive flavor. A review of recently published studies indicate that among a host of other activities, gingerol induces cell death in leukemia cells, can prevent the development of colon cancer cells, protects against radiation induced lethality and acts as a blood thinner.
Here is a list just some of the medicinal properties ginger has been known to have throughout history:
increases blood flow
relaxes peripheral blood vessels
Ginger has an extremely high level of phytochemicals, plant substances with a healing effect. In addition to it's beneficial effects on the heart and it's anti-cancer activity are it's anti-inflammatory effects and its high content of anti-oxidants. The healing ingredients are a variety of volatile essential oils, vitamin B6 and C, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphorus and potassium. Ginger stimulates body heat. It speeds up the bloodcirculation and sweating; it promotes both the supply of nurturing and healing substances with the blood and the removal of waste material through perspiration. Ginger brings blood to the surface of the body and therefore it is a good cure for chillblains. Ginger will stimulate fever in people who need to sweat out diseases like colds and flues. It works as an anti-inflammatory, and in combination with the heat-stimulating characteristics it is a powerful tool in fighting arthritis. If you suffer from stiff or aching muscles: treat yourself on a hot bath with slices of Ginger.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been known and valued for centuries. During the past 25 years, many laboratories have provided scientific support for the long-held belief that ginger contains compounds with anti inflammatory properties. The original discovery of ginger's effects have been repeatedly confirmed. These discoveries identified ginger as a herbal medicinal product that shares properties with the pharmaceuticals pushed by the medical establisment, only ginger has a far better therapeutic profile and has none of the negative side effects that the drugs have. Ginger extract lowered total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduced atherosclerosis in mice according to an Israeli study from 2000. Ginger is more effective than aspirin at preventing blood clotting, with none of the risk of internal bleeding associated with aspirin, making it a powerful aid against heart disease, according to many recent laboratory studies.
Ginger Research is just beginning to confirm the centuries-old notion that ginger is essential to good health. Ginger contains several unique and powerful antioxidant plant chemicals, including gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone. These antioxidants and unique compounds fight cancer, heart disease, blood clots, and arthritis far more effectively than pharmaceuticals and the medical establishment ever will. As a matter of fact they deliberately try to discredit and suppress information like this. But the fact is that ginger is a God-given cure to many of the illnesses that afflict modern man, and is one of the most powerful weapons against all of these illnesses.