Why You Should Add Ginger to Your Diet ASAP

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Ginger seems to have popped up in all sorts of recipes this time of year. Its spicy profile brings warmth and festivity to dishes, while balancing out the sugary sweetness of desserts. But this spice has a lot more to offer than flavor. It’s full of health benefits too. Here are a few reasons why you should be adding more ginger to your diet.

Tummy Tamer

Ginger can be used to treat all sorts of stomach problems. It’s considered to be an excellent carminative--a substance used to eliminate gas and soothe the intestinal tract; so it’s great for indigestion. Ginger can also help with both motion sickness and pregnancy-related morning sickness by reducing symptoms like dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweats.

Pain Reliever

Gingerol, a component of fresh ginger, is an anti-inflammatory compound. Consuming it can help increase mobility and decrease pain levels for people suffering from arthritis. It may also help relieve pain associated with more common issues like headaches, muscle soreness and menstrual cramping. 

Circulation Supporter

Ginger is also considered a mild stimulant that can boost your circulatory system. Increased blood flow not only keeps you feeling warmer on winter days, it also helps lower blood pressure and decreases your risk for blood clots.

Ready to add some more ginger to your meals?  These three recipes offer up a healthy dose morning, noon and night. 

Pear Ginger Cinnamon Oat Smoothie

Add some grated ginger to your next breakfast smoothie. This recipe also calls for cinnamon, so you’ll get a double dose of anti-inflammatory spices.

Carrot Ginger Soup

This delicious, creamy recipe is sure to satisfy your soup cravings this winter. Finely grated ginger pairs perfectly with the sweetness of fresh carrots, ensuring each spoonful is bursting with flavor.

Grilled Ginger Marinated Flank Steak

Use ginger to add some zest to your meat marinades. This recipe pairs it with sesame oil, a classic combination--you can’t go wrong.