Ginger Juice – A Versatile Natural Health Remedy

Fresh ginger root juice has apparently formed part of the daily health regime that has contributed to saving the actor Patrick Swayze’s life. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and given just 5 weeks to live. Ginger in both the dried and fresh forms has been used as a natural health remedy in Asia, India, and Arabia for thousand of years.

Ginger root is the thick knotted edible underground stem or rhizome of the ginger plant known as Zingiber officinale. The main active ingredients are the pungent compounds gingerol and shogaol. It’s is used around the world as an important cooking spice.

Ginger has many benefits as a natural health remedy. It has been used to aid digestion, for stomach upsets, colic, diarrhea, nausea and to treat arthritis and heart conditions for more than 2,000 years.

Several recent trials have shown that it can relieve the inflammatory pain of arthritis as effectively as aspirin and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects. It works by blocking the COX-2 enzyme that is involved in inflammation in the body.

But its ability to prevent nausea and sickness during chemotherapy is perhaps one of the reasons that Swayze is drinking the ginger juice. For although he has apparently totally changed his diet and boosted his vitamin intake he has had intense courses of chemotherapy for the pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed last March. A second reason may be the fact that scientific studies have shown that ginger juice can help to detox the liver by increasing bile secretion.

A few animal studies have also found that components in ginger may have anticancer activity but more research needs to be performed to determine its effects on cancers in humans. A few preliminary studies suggest that ginger may lower cholesterol and prevent the blood from clotting so could be a useful remedy for people with heart disease.

Fresh ginger juice is often added to vegetable juices to give them a bit of a kick. It can also be added to the oil that is used for a liver flush. It can help disguise the taste of the oil that many people dislike and help prevent the nausea that some experience during a liver flush. The fact that it stimulates bile is an added benefit for this liver detox.

Try this tasty ginger juice detox cocktail: 3-4 carrots, 1/4 raw beet (beetroot), 1 apple, cored, 2 cups baby leaf spinach, 1/4 bunch parsley, 1 celery stalk, 1” cube ginger grated. Put all ingredients through a good juicer. Vary the amount of the ingredients to suit your taste and size of the vegetables. Serves 1 -2.

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