I've always loved ginger. It's a delicious spice that can be added to many different dishes. But did you know that ginger also has powerful healing qualities?
First off, ginger is a potent blood thinner, which means it’s good for you if you want to take extra steps to prevent blood clots. It's also a handy natural anti-emetic agent, which means it’s good for dealing with nausea. I used to always bring it along when my kids were younger and we went fishing out on the ocean because it’s great for motion sickness. I’d just cut up pieces of fresh ginger root and boil them to make a tea.
Ginger Can Also Help Heart Patients
Clinically, ginger is a great aide for treating the nausea that accompanies certain types of heart attacks—usually those involving the inferior wall of the left ventricle (the part of the heart that is fed by the right coronary artery). During a heart attack, the weakened heart struggles to maintain blood pressure. Stress hormones spike, and patients experience dread, anxiety, and fear—all of which stir up severe nausea in about half the cases.
I routinely prescribe ginger tea whenever I work in the coronary care unit at my hospital. Patients who are administered codeine or morphine can also develop nausea. Ginger tea generally helps in those cases as well.
How to Get the Healing Benefits of Ginger
If you are dealing with cardiovascular problems and want the benefit of ginger, I encourage you to drink commercial organic ginger tea or make your own from ginger root. Chop the unpeeled root into small pieces and boil for about five minutes.
You can add ginger to your cardiovascular nutrition program by slicing or grating it to spice up any dish. In fact, one of my favorite salads is couscous with apricots, pine nuts, and ginger. Just a little ginger goes a long way toward ensuring your control over your health.
Just one word of caution. Since ginger can thin the blood much like aspirin, patients taking pharmaceutical blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) should consult with their doctors before adding ginger to their diets.
Now it's your turn: What's your favorite way to eat ginger?