I love ginger tea.

I have been taking ginger in a concoction much like tea. In the vernacular over here this is called "salabat". Someone told me that such 'salabat' can be good for my hypertensive condition. And so I began looking over the web to see what there is about ginger and true enough there were good enough things told about it that I was convinced to make it part of my everyday drinks.

"Preliminary research indicates that nine compounds found in ginger may bind to human serotonin receptors which may influence gastrointestinal function.

"Research conducted in vitro tests show that ginger extract can control the quantity of free radicals and the peroxidation of lipids. Thus it could possibly prevent or decrease the damage in the human body caused by free radicals.

Possible preliminary studies involving the effect of ginger on nausea occurring with pregnancy may suggest that intake of ginger may cause belching after ingestion

In a 2010 study, daily consumption of ginger was shown to help ease muscle pain associated with exercise by 25%, suggesting a new cost-effective treatment to pain associated with recent exercise.

Ginger root supplement has been identified in a study to help reduce colon inflammation markers such as PGE2, thus providing a possible cost-effective preventative measure to colon cancer.

In limited studies, ginger was found to be more effective than placebo for treating nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy, although ginger was not found superior to placebo for pre-emptively treating post-operative nausea. Other preliminary studies showed that ginger may affect arthritis pain or have blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties, but these effects remain unconfirmed.

Advanced glycation end-products are possibly associated in the development of diabetic cataract for which ginger was effective in preliminary studies, apparently by acting through antiglycating mechanisms.

Zingerone may have activity against enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in enterotoxin-induced diarrhea."

Caveat Emptor:

"Ginger might reduce blood pressure in a way that is similar to some medications for blood pressure and heart disease. Taking ginger along with these medications might cause your blood pressure to drop too low or cause an irregular heartbeat.

Some medications for high blood pressure and heart disease include nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan), diltiazem (Cardizem), isradipine (DynaCirc), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), and others."

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