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Spices With Dr. Weil – Ginger

Learn more about the health benefits of ginger from Dr. Weil’s healthy kitchen. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory agent with active phytonutrients that not only impart its distinctive flavor, but also help moderate inflammation. Research indicates ginger is helpful for reducing nausea and motion sickness as well. Its spicy taste makes it a staple in many kitchens around the world; perfect for baked goods, stir-fries, marinades, teas and more.

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Video Transcript: Spices With Dr. Weil – Ginger

Ginger is a rhizome, an underground stem, of a tropical plant. This is dried ginger; ginger has a long history of use for digestive problems as well as for rheumatic complaints. It’s very soothing to the stomach, it’s a very good remedy for nausea and motion sickness and it also has an anti-inflammatory effect, it can be very useful for arthritis and all sorts of other inflammatory conditions. It’s a warming spice, it makes you sweat. I use fresh ginger which I grate into stir-fries. I like pickled ginger, the kind you get with sushi, and I use powdered ginger for other purposes. I think for anti-inflammatory effect, this may be best taken as a supplement of extracts of ginger in capsules that are standardized and there are ginger products on the market that you can get for this use. As a remedy for nausea, motion sickness, you can really use it in any form, including nibbling on crystallized ginger.