Q: Ive heard a lot about arthritis sufferers consuming ginger to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. What are the latest research findings about ginger?


Answer :Although ginger seems to be effective against nausea and vomiting, especially that related to pregnancy, the jury is still out on the medicinal use of this popular cooking ingredient against arthritis symptoms. One 2005 study did show anti-inflammatory effects for ginger. But a 2007 review of the medical literature concluded that the results on ginger for the treatment of arthritis are mixed. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is currently funding studies on the safety and effectiveness of ginger as an anti-inflammatory, states that, at least for now, It is unclear whether ginger is effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle pain. There are few side effects of ginger when taken in small doses, as fresh or dried root, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts and teas. To learn more, see nccam.nih.gov/health/ginger.


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