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Want relief from joint pains this winter? Eat gingerbread, say scientists

Posted on : Wednesday 6th of December 2017

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While ginger is used as a culinary spice in cuisines from around the world, its health properties are steeped in ancient Indian traditions since time immemorial.

From treating common ailments like indigestion, menstrual pain and lowering cholesterol levels to major health problems preventing cancer and protecting against Alzheimer's disease, ginger has proved to be a magical root where health is concerned.

Now a study has found that ginger can reduce joint pain and inflammation, thus helping erase the symptoms of arthritis.

Scientists have claimed that gingerbread – a staple part of the festive season in the UK – could help in reducing inflammation, reports Express.co.uk.

Inflammation is considered to be one of the main signs of arthritis.

According to the research, ginger can help in reducing the inflammatory chemicals that a human body makes.

They also found that the herb also helps us in producing salicylic acid – a natural compound that's also found in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are used to treat arthritis medically.

Salicylic acid is considered to be one of the compounds which help in easing joint pains and discomfort.

Talking about the research, the scientists said, "In theory, ginger can reduce the activity of several chemical substances that promote joint inflammation. Ginger is a relatively well-tolerated herbal remedy with minor side-effects. The most commonly reported side-effects are stomach upset and mouth irritation."

The study also claimed the people with the problem of joint pains and took ginger supplements and ibuprofen, experienced a significant reduction in joint pain, compared to those taking tablets with no medical effect.

Meanwhile, an earlier study found that osteoarthritis patients had far less pain when taking two 255mg ginger supplements a day for six months.

There is currently no cure for arthritis, but some medications and supplements could help to reduce symptoms.

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