Ginger as an Arthritis Food May be Worth a Try!

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What is ginger?

Ginger is the root of the plant Zingiber officinale and is an arthritis food that may be worth a try. Ginger has been used for centuries in cooking and as a tea or supplement to aid digestion and fight inflammation. Ginger has a spicy, pleasant taste that goes well with a variety of foods and is often used in Asian cuisine and American desserts. When used in tea, ginger is calming and spicy and delicious with a little bit of honey.

A diet for arthritis can be spiced up by adding fresh chopped ginger to stir fried meats and vegetables, by adding a slice of fresh ginger to hot or iced tea, or by taking ginger supplements. Candied ginger is delicious all by itself, and fresh ginger is readily available in the fresh produce section of most major supermarkets. Powdered ginger is also widely available and can be effectively used in cooking when fresh ginger is not available.

Scientific evidence

Although not many studies have been done on ginger as a treatment for arthritis, its use as a natural anti-inflammatory agent has a long and honorable history. Ginger is a common cure for stomach ache and for intestinal inflammatory illness, and is also used to counteract nausea.

One recent study of the 261 people with osteoarthritis of the knee showed that people who were given ginger extract twice a day had less pain and inflammation and used fewer NSAID drugs than a control group that did not get the ginger extract. Another experiment showed that ginger was no more effective against osteoarthritis plain than aspirin, but even in that case, it did show some effectiveness. Plus, ginger tastes a lot better than aspirin does and has other benefits that aspirin lacks, such as an ability to calm and regulate digestion.

How it's used?

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Ginger can be taken as part of a healthy diet for arthritis by chopping it up fresh and adding it to cooked foods, salad dressings, and teas. It can be taken in extract or capsule form as an herbal supplement. Ginger can be eaten as an arthritis food in candied form, or can be consumed as a morning drink when added to green tea (another arthritis food rich in antioxidants).

Ginger is such a pleasant and versatile spice that adding it to a diet for arthritis as an arthritis food is easy and fun. For those who do not care for the taste however, supplements are available.

Side effects and interactions

Ginger can sometimes interfere with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin or aspirin, so patients taking either of these should consult a physician before taking ginger supplements or using a lot of ginger in cooking.

Ginger is an aid to digestion, so other than its very limited ability to interact with a small number of medications, it is well tolerated by most people. Any regular herbal supplement regimen should always be discussed in advance with a doctor, but in general, ginger is a very safe and easy to digest arthritis food that should result in no side effects for the vast majority of patients. A few people may object to the taste.

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