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Help Moderate Inflammation with Ginger

Chronic inflammation can take its toll on the body – but taking ginger may help counteract the risks and symptoms. Find out what makes ginger a good choice, and how much to take.

Chronic low-grade inflammation has been linked to the development of many age-related health conditions. Although this process may not be noticed physically, there are things you can do to prevent or delay health issues related to inappropriate inflammation. Consider following an anti-inflammatory diet and taking ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory herb that may help to lessen the risks and/or symptoms of many inflammation-related disorders. Dried ginger preparations are actually more powerful than fresh because of a chemical conversion of its constituents on drying. Capsules of dried, powdered ginger are now commonly sold in health food stores; use only those that are standardized for their content of active components. The recommended starting dose is one gram per day (usually two capsules), taken after a meal to avoid stomach irritation. There is no toxicity and you can stay on it indefinitely.

Feeling Achy? Try Eating These Foods

If suffering from joint pain is a common start to your day, consider adding these foods to your diet. Each can help to address the pain and symptoms associated with stiff, painful joints.

If your mornings begin with stiffness, pain and swollen joints, you may be experiencing symptoms of osteoarthritis. In addition to getting regular exercise (low-impact is the best) and maintaining a healthy weight, consider the following nutritional strategies to help prevent or lessen symptoms.

1.   Eat foods rich in antioxidants. A variety of colors of fresh organic fruits and vegetables are good sources, and may help reduce tissue damage from inflammation.

2.   Get enough omega-3s. The omega-3 fatty acids provided in oily fish (such as wild Alaskan salmon), walnuts and freshly ground flaxseed might help reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis.

3.   Regularly use ginger and turmeric in cooking and/or supplements for their natural anti-inflammatory properties.

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Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory, containing gingerols - active phytonutrients that not only impart its distinctive flavor, but help lower the inflammatory response. Ginger has been shown in studies to be effective at alleviating pain and improving mobility in people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

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