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Ginger: Fight the #1 Cause of Heart Disease With This

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Posted Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, 2011

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You’ve been lied to for years.  Decades, really.

Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you to watch your cholesterol, telling you that one form or another of cholesterol is either “good” or “bad,” and that if it gets too high, you are at serious risk for heart disease or even death.

Even worse, they are selling you drugs to lower your cholesterol… drugs that actually deplete your heart of the very nutrients it needs to run effectively.

As if this wasn’t enough, they are also ignoring the REAL reasons that so many people die unnecessarily of heart disease each year – reasons you likely haven’t heard from your doctor before.

Fortunately, there is an extraordinary natural solution that’s likely sitting inside one of your kitchen cabinets right now, and it’s been proven to help reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Before we reveal what this natural solution is, let’s start to reverse the brainwashing process by taking a closer look at what REALLY causes heart disease.

The REAL Culprits in Heart Disease…

For years the medical establishment has had us believing that “bad” cholesterol will be our undoing.  That evil, dangerous, high cholesterol is one of the leading causes – if not THE leading cause – of heart disease in the United States, despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary.

There are a million possibilities for WHY doctors are still pushing the cholesterol issue: lack of knowledge, lack of understanding, the fact that it’s easier to stick with what’s “known,” and perverse financial incentives.

However, you don’t have to fall victim to their ignorance.  By looking at the research, we find that there are really two primary causes for heart disease, each of which feed off of the other to make a bad situation worse.

The first cause we’ll start with is inflammation – a necessary process that occurs in each of our bodies to help us heal, but when it spins out of control, it can have devastating consequences.

A study from as far back as 2002 has shown that inflammation is one of the primary predictors of coronary artery disease… not cholesterol.1

Researchers tested both LDL cholesterol levels and C-reactive protein levels or CRP (a marker for inflammation) in 28,000 healthy postmenopausal women.  They followed the women for about eight years and noted those who had a stroke, heart attack, or blood clot, as well as those who died from cardiovascular causes.

They found that elevated CRP was the best indicator of risk of cardiovascular issues.  In fact, they concluded that “the C-reactive protein level is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular events than the LDL cholesterol level.”

In other words, high inflammation is more problematic than high cholesterol when it comes to risk of heart disease.  As you’ll see in a second, this makes perfect sense.

But inflammation itself doesn’t act alone – it acts in concert with the second most important cause of heart disease: oxidative stress.

And because it’s the way that oxidative stress interacts with cholesterol that has caused all of the confusion and brainwashing over the years, we need to first take a closer look at cholesterol.

Cholesterol: A Building Block, Not Road Block…

Cholesterol is not the demon most doctors make it out to be.  In fact, it is a necessary raw material made by your liver, brain, and virtually every cell in your body, and without it you’d die.

It is critical for the creation of hormones and cells, and it is a major component of the membranes surrounding cells, as well as the structures within them.

If that’s the case, then common sense would have us question conventional medical wisdom that tells us we should reduce our cholesterol levels at all costs.  Does this make ANY sense at all?

Of course not – but through a series of somewhat unbelievable events that have spanned nearly half a century, we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that cholesterol is bad.

Worse yet, as part of this brainwashing, we’ve been told that HDL is “good” cholesterol and “LDL” is bad cholesterol, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Take either of those out of your body and you’d literally collapse.

To see why that would happen, consider these simple mechanics.  Your liver produces and regulates cholesterol, acting like a central switching station, pushing cholesterol to where it’s needed… which is everywhere.

The problem is, cholesterol is a fat and your blood is mostly water, and fat doesn’t mix well with water.  Therefore, cholesterol needs a “shuttle” to help it navigate through your bloodstream to where it’s needed.  This is where HDL and LDL come into play.

To create this type of “shuttle,” your body coats the cholesterol with a special protein and the resulting combined substance is called LDL, or low density lipoprotein, which is then zipped on its way through your bloodstream to wherever it’s needed.

Once your cells are done processing the LDL cholesterol, HDL (or high density lipoprotein) then comes in and, like a garbage collector, scoops up the processed or unused cholesterol, coats it in another special protein to prepare it for transport, and zips it back to your liver where it’s either recycled into new cholesterol or excreted from your body.

It’s a pretty simple process, but probably something you haven’t heard before.  In that context, it’s clear that LDL and HDL are both critical components of our biology and neither is good nor bad.

That said, there IS, in fact, something that can happen to LDL that mutates it into something that can indeed cause heart disease… and this is where we find the connection between oxidative stress, inflammation, cholesterol, and heart disease.

The REAL Problem with LDL…

You’ve likely heard of free radicals.  Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that are missing an electron (don’t worry; no degree in physics or biology is required to understand this).

They seek to rebalance themselves by “stealing” that missing electron from other weaker molecules in your body, thus “oxidizing” those molecules and turning them into free radicals as well.  This is the “oxidation process.”

This may sound like something that’s not good for you, but this oxidation process is actually a normal part of your biology and involves breaking down the foods you eat and turning that food into energy for your body to use.

Your body has a built-in coping mechanism that automatically rebalances these free radicals by using antioxidants either generated from within your body or derived from the foods you eat (think blueberries, cherries, etc.).

These antioxidants are very generous, biologically speaking, and carry around extra electrons that they happily donate to the free radicals and thus neutralize them.

However, excessive free radicals caused by a variety of toxic lifestyle choices (a diet high in sugar and trans fats, high emotional stress, smoking, lack of exercise, etc.) can overwhelm your body’s ability to keep these free radicals in check, and that can lead to heart disease as well as a whole host of other chronic diseases.

Now we come full circle.

One of the major causes of heart disease occurs when free radicals oxidize smaller LDL particles.  After the arteries are damaged by the oxidized LDL particles, inflammation – your body’s natural healing process – then kicks in to help heal the damage by creating scar tissue, more commonly known as plaque.

But this same inflammation intended to heal actually causes more damage to the arteries and then a vicious cycle ensues in which inflammation leads to more oxidative stress and vice versa.

More plaque begins to builds up, blocking the blood flow through the arteries even further, making it more likely that blood clots will form, potentially leading to a heart attack.

So the key point is this: LDL is just a mid-point in this entire process and it is not the core underlying reason for heart disease; instead, we should be focused on oxidative stress and inflammation.

The primary way to combat those two causes is to eat a healthy diet full of nutrient-dense whole foods, exercise, minimize stress, and avoid toxic substances.  But in today’s hectic world with the lifestyles that most people lead, it can be difficult to make those changes quickly.

Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with a cheap, effective, natural therapy to help immediately reduce oxidative stress and inflammation while we work on making long-term changes to our lifestyle.

Ginger: The Spice of Life…

Ginger has been used medically for decades to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including blood clots and high cholesterol.  In theory, this then helps to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke.

But how does ginger do this?

Studies have shown that ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that work much like the more common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, often referred to as NSAIDs.2

Specifically, ginger inhibits the action of several of the genes involved in the inflammation process.  For those of you who are more scientifically minded, these are the genes that encode cytokines, chemokines, and the inducible enzyme cyclooxygenase-2.

Ginger helps to reduce inflammation by actually blocking the very genes needed to create inflammation in the first place.  But how does this work?

In a placebo-controlled animal study, researchers gave both a low dose (50 mg/kg) and a high dose (500 mg/kg) of ginger extract to rats for four weeks.3

Researchers found that rats given the higher dosage of ginger extract orally exhibited a statistically significant reduction in blood-clotting factors and cholesterol levels, as compared to the placebo group.  They also had a reduction in inflammation markers.

Researchers concluded that ginger may be useful as a cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory blood thinner.

But, aside from pointing out the inflammation-fighting properties of ginger, the study doesn’t really show WHY ginger had this effect.  Could it have anything to do with preventing oxidation?

Another study tries to answer this question.

In a randomized, placebo-controlled animal study, researchers divided 60 mice into groups of three.4 One group received 25 mcg of ginger extract in their water.  The second group received 250 mcg of ginger extract in their water, and third group were not given any ginger.

At the end of 10 weeks, those mice that had 250 mcg of ginger extract had significantly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than the other groups.  More importantly, however, was the fact that both ginger groups exhibited lower oxidized LDL cholesterol.

In other words, not only did the ginger lower cholesterol levels when given at the higher dosage, but BOTH dosages helped prevent cholesterol from oxidizing, which as we reviewed before, is really one of the true underlying causes of heart disease.

While the researchers didn’t comment on why this was the case, common sense says the antioxidants and phytochemicals found in ginger somehow neutralize free radicals (remember, those are what oxidize the LDL particles) which either directly or indirectly  then reduces inflammation.

But What About Ginger’s Effects on Humans?

This is great, but those were animal studies.  What about humans?

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 40 people (20 were healthy and 20 had a history of coronary artery disease), participants were equally divided into two groups.5 One group received five grams of ginger powder each day, while the other received a placebo.

At the end of four weeks, those people taking the ginger enjoyed statistically greater reductions in lipoprotein oxidation than the placebo group.

Specifically, it decreased oxidation by 18 percent in the “healthy” participants and 23 percent in those with a history of coronary artery disease.  The placebo group showed no significant change in oxidation status in either group.

Or, to say it bluntly, the ginger worked.  This is the type of gold standard, human trial that truly helps make the case for nutriceuticals over prescriptions.

How to Use Ginger the Right Way…

To get the amazing cardiovascular benefits of this power-spice for yourself, there are several ways to use ginger.

The two most obvious are to cook with it or to make ginger tea.  When cooking with ginger, try to use the actual root to maximize the amount and quality of the phytochemicals that you’ll benefit from.

After peeling off the tough outer skin, you can slice or grate ginger and add it to soups, stir fries, and virtually any chicken, fish, or bean dish for a great shot of flavor, as well as health.

To make ginger tea, peel ginger root and dice a one-inch slice into 15 to 20 pieces.  Steep in boiling water for half an hour then enjoy.  You can also add a dash of honey and lemon for a little extra zing.

Lastly, you can take ginger in capsule form.  The research5 suggests that you take up to five grams of powdered ginger a day in capsule form (you can divide this dosage up by taking 2,500 mg twice a day or 1,250 mg four times a day.)

When choosing a ginger extract product, make sure the manufacturer uses good manufacturing practices (GMP) for the product and be sure the product actually contains real ginger.

Ideally it should also be free of preservatives, fillers, binders, excipients, flow agents, shellacs, coloring agents, gluten, yeast, lactose, and other allergens.  Try to find an independent analysis done by a third party to verify the active ingredients and identify any contaminants.

No matter how you use ginger, your heart will thank you.

And, as always, remember that there are no magic bullets when it comes to health.  To change your health for good, including overcoming cardiovascular disease, you need to permanently change your lifestyle for the better, including eating nutrient-rich whole foods and getting moderate daily exercise.

References:

1Ridker, PM et al.  “Comparison of C-reactive protein and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the prediction of first cardiovascular events.” N Engl J Med.  2002 Nov 14;347(20):1557-65.

2Grzanna, R et al.  “Ginger – an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions.” J Med Food.  2005 Summer;8(2):125-32.

3Thomson, M et al.  “The use of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) as a potential anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic agent.” Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids.  2002 Dec;67(6):475-8.

4Fuhrman, B et al.  “Ginger extract consumption reduces plasma cholesterol, inhibits LDL cholesterol oxidation and attenuates development of atherosclerosis in artherosclerotic, apolipoprotein E-deficient mice.” J Nutr.  2000 May;130(5):1124-31.

5Verma, SK et al.  “Antioxidant property of ginger in patients with coronary artery disease.” South Asian J Prev Cardiology. 2004;8(4).

6Altman, RD and Marcussen, KC.  “Effects of ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.” Arthritis Rheum.  2001 Nov;44(11):2531-8.

7Vutyavanich, T.  et al.  “Ginger for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: Randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial.” Obstet Gynecol 2001;97: 577-82.

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  • Sam Harrison

    Well, i guess it’s time to add some more ginger to my life! I do like ginger tea, so that should be pretty easy.

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  • susan gates

    could you please see if you could find some good ginger recipes for me to try?

  • Julie Sabbatis

    Thank you for this very informative article. I have high cholesterol and have been refusing to take statin drugs. My doctor understands why but is now insisting I take it due to plaque lining my carotid arteries and in my legs. I will definitely start using ginger in my cooking and also drink more of my Tulsi/Ginger tea. I appreciate your website very much.

  • Aberkman9

    I juice it with veggies and fruits! Delicious!

  • http://www.telamoncom.com Andrea

    Susan, the article mentions try it with just about everything – and we do. We use it in soups, with beans, stews, rice pilafs – pretty well everywhere. Buy nice fresh ginger and it will give your food a great zesty flavour.

  • Ernie

    Thanks for that very timely I have high cholestrol and a appointment with my GP today

  • Sansy

    Great information. My family has a history of heart disease and I plan to begin taking Ginger to help prevent that for myself. Thanks.

  • Anand

    Dear Ms. Sabbatis,
    The Cinnamon can also lower cholesterol. Make a powder of it and take mixing with honey . Take 5 ml of honey and mix the cinnamon powder in to a paste and . You may repeat it 3 times a day, immediately after taking food.
    More info in the internet.
    Regards,
    Anand

  • Ferdinand Goodman

    Very Very Good

  • Puzzlelight

    This is a very informative article. Just last night after a bout of vomitting, I gave my husband some instant ginger tea with honey, and the vomitting ceased. So ginger is nt only good for the heart, but it’s good for digestive disorders

  • Paar1942

    What about pickled ginger? It is usually found on sushi bars. I’ve learned to eat it along with learning to eat sushi.

  • Gingy

    Anyone know how the dose would translate to candy ginger? I’m thinking an inch slice would probably = maybe 4 slices of candied ginger slices/day? Help here? Would it be as effective? I only ask this since I have lots and lots of candied ginger right now and want to use it up before buying more fresh. Thanks.

  • Julie Sabbatis

    Dear Anand,
    Thank you for this information. I have always used cinnamon in my oatmeal and I will give your recipe a try.

    Julie

  • treasa mason

    THIS IS AN AWESOME ARTICLE

  • Enrique Garcia

    Interesting. Actually a better tasting option than ginger.Question: 3 times a day for how long?THanks

  • Ltgaydon

    Interesting…..Do you buy the ginger “drops” from a health food store?

  • Sarakittrie

    Go to a Korean or oriental store and find the tea section. There is a Korean ginger tea that comes in a 35.3 oz. (1 kilo) glass jar and looks like jam. This is a delicious ginger honey tea after you mix a teaspoon with a cup of hot water. I drink it every day and find it very soothing. Drink it to your health!

  • MartAShep695

    Very informed research Thanks for sharing

  • Vitamann

    Since having a heart attack I’ve been taking lots of GINGER ROOT and it is working! I also take Cinnamon for my blood sugar levels and a host of other vitamins, minerals and herbs/spices. No drugs. I’m very fortunate to have a good doctor that monitors and can’t believe my great results.
    I think my local HF store in St. Petersburg sells more herb capsules and powders than anybody in the U.S. because of quality/pricing.

  • Setapan35

    I just don’t understand why is everyone, including you guys still indoctrinating people with the “antioxidation” theory as being something good.
    The entire human life is based on OXIDATION. I.e. oxidation goes well, biological entity = human being goes well. No oxidation= no life.
    So what’s the use of telling people over and over again the exact opposite.. ?

  • McCool

    HI Gingy – I presume the candy ginger has been processed with a lot of sugar. If that’s the case it’s almost contradictory to eat something that is essential for good health but loaded with a product that is neither beneficial or healthy to eat. I’d ditch the candy ginger and go fresh.
    Cheers!

  • Marija

    There is no ginger root in my country, so only use it in powder in soups when we are sick. It helps.

  • Rrobert

    I love this article. I I don’t have enough knowledge to oppose or support it, but it make sense to me. My question: How can I take the right amount of ginger? which would be the right procedure to follow?

  • Ispoliah

    Someone told me that ginger causes your blood pressure to accelerate. Is this true. I am accustomed to using ginger but began to cut back on the amount I use because my husband is Hypertensive.

    Regards
    sp.

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Research shows that you can take up to five grams of powdered ginger a day in capsule form. As far as using ginger powder or sliced or minced ginger in/with food or drinking ginger tea…have at it. You’ll be hard pressed to reach five grams in one day.

    You can find ginger capsules in most health food stores.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Marija,

    We are glad it works for you!

    Naturally well,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Nicely done Vitamann! We are also big fans of both ginger and cinnamon. Stay tuned for a separate article on the additional health benefits of ginger, beyond cholesterol.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

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    Sarakittrie,

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will need to check that out ourselves!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Gingy (or dare we say “sweet tooth”),

    You know where this is going. Candy anything is not a good health option. Your best bet is the actual ginger, ginger powder, or ginger tea. Sorry.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Puzzlelight,

    A little too much information, but we are glad it helped with your, um, you know. Stay tuned for our next foray into ginger, when we discuss nausea. It may help you head off the, well, you know.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Ernie,

    It’s all karma…hope you had a good appointment and are starting on your ginger.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Aberkman9,

    Yum! When should we come over?

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Thanks Julie…we appreciate you too! Enjoy that ginger.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Go on Sam, get spicy!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Pickled ginger is actually sliced ginger that has been marinated in vinegar, sugar, and a combination of spices. Overall it should be okay in moderation, but the sugar gives us pause.

    As always, the real thing in its natural form is best.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Okay, we don’t know what this means.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • Linda trent

    dont be ridiculous. Why not smoke it!?

  • Toni K.

    I always like when we find out that something in the kitchen can help prevent health problems. The article was lengthy but very informative.

  • Gingerbaby

    My husband’s LDL is a little high and his new doctor prescribed Crestor – he was on that along with other statin drugs, and they caused muscle pain. When he told the doctor he couldn’t take them, she wanted to put him on Well Chol (it blocks cholesterol in the intestine). He said no to that because it’s too new for us to know what the side effects are. He has been taking red yeast rice for a long time, but apparently that is not enough. I assume that adding ginger will not interfere with the red yeast rice?

  • Ahntara

    I’d appreciate any imput…WHY is it always recommended to peel ginger? Is the “tough outer peel” toxic? I can’t seem to find a specific reason for this recommendation, but see it everywhere ginger is mentioned. Thanks

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Ahntara,

    It really comes down to taste. The peel is quite tough and not very tasty. That’s the real issue. If you are buying organic ginger root, toxins are less of a concern (other than what may be unavoidable in the soil). Like a potato, just be sure to wash and scrub the peel first if you choose to use it.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    A quick check of PubMed showed that ginger actually helps LOWER blood pressure levels, not raise them. Bring back the ginger!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • paulene

    Thank you for this article I had no idea about the ginger studies and its curative properties and its connection with antioxidants, cholesterol and a healthy heart….thank you for this information. paulene

  • Paulineleatham

    I have health issues and I will certainly try using ginger as what I just was reading made a whole lot of sense to me.Thankyou I will let you know what happens after I trial. yours sincerley pauline leatham.

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Pauline,

    Please keep us updated!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • Lou

    I have just started taking 4 mg of Pernidopril to treat high blood pressure. Would taking 5 grams of ginger powder interfere with my doctor’s recommendation?

    lou

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Lou,

    We always suggest that you discuss the possible interaction with your physician.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • Wondering

    Waiting with Setapan35 for an answer from Serpa- I’d like to understand. 

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Setapan35 and Wondering,

    The key to everything is a question of amount. The sun is critical to all health and life as well, but we all know that too much sun can be quite dangerous, even lethal. Oxidation is the same.

    Unfortunately, we are bombarded every day with excess oxidation, be it from food, radiation, pollution, microwaves, cell phones, personal care products, cleaning products, the list goes on and on. Our world has completely changed and, from a health standpoint, not necessarily for the better.

    It’s this excess oxidation that leads to cholesterol issues, inflammation, cancer, and more. And, as the research has clearly shown, you can offset this overabundance of oxidation with antioxidants.

    I hope this answers your question. Please keep them coming!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Setapan35 and Wondering,

    The key to everything is a question of amount. The sun is critical to all health and life as well, but we all know that too much sun can be quite dangerous, even lethal. Oxidation is the same.

    Unfortunately, we are bombarded every day with excess oxidation, be it from food, radiation, pollution, microwaves, cell phones, personal care products, cleaning products, the list goes on and on. Our world has completely changed and, from a health standpoint, not necessarily for the better.

    It’s this excess oxidation that leads to cholesterol issues, inflammation, cancer, and more. And, as the research has clearly shown, you can offset this overabundance of oxidation with antioxidants.

    I hope this answers your question. Please keep them coming!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • B00bear1

    I use ginger for my stomach. I often have stomach problems and ginger settles it. So I guess, I’ve been doing my heart a favor too.

  • Willby30

    I love this article.
    I do give thanks to the writer in trying to contribute to a new world order as it was in the beginning so shall it be again in the end.
    God bless all the doctors and scientificals individuals in trying to help humanity…
    My parents used ginger as spices and as tea.  They didn’t die from heart disease
    william myles

  • maryanne

    Thank you for the information. I drink organic  teas and am glad to hear of the good benefits I am receiving. Maryanne.

  • LaurieLJ

    if you think of oxidation as rust…what it is…same as apple turniong brown when you cut it…then turn to the civilazations that have alkaline antioxidant water flowing naturally from the ground…the way water used to be before we screwed it up…and how they live well past 100 and are very healthy, one might wonder, if one is so inclined, why this might be.  the global impact of people drinking alkaline ionized water from home filtration sysytems is improved health squared, and the alleviation of serious health issues.  Nobel prize winning technology from the 1930′s is saving lives. anyone pulling their head out of the sand to research it sees it.  anyone listening to naysayers won’t.  some want better health and hydration, some are simply to stubborn to be alive.  why be in a hurry to oxidize to death.

  • Noella Carriere

    I love it and why can’t I print it ?
    Memory not too good–lots of statins.
    My muscles are not what they use to be.
    Will try ginger if I can manage to remember.
    Thank you!
    Noella

  • Steve Henwood

    I loved this article!  It makes you wonder if there are other common tasty substances besides ginger that might have a similar effect on cardiovascular disease, for examaple, pomegranites or berries. I am really appreciative of the fact that you documented your sources so we can follow up.  Please do more similar posts on other foods & supplements that might help.

    Thanks, Steve in Portland, OR

  • jim

    How can I be sure that what I’m buying is ginger and not some filler?

  • Jerry & Renea

    Excellent information to a zipper club member.

  • Lonademaris

    Impressive.  God always has a way to improve our health the natural way.

  • Peter Yovev

    I have seen Ginger in action, in Chineese bufet restoraunt a fellow did eat as much as 2-3 ounzes, and in the less than a minute her face “Flash out” become very red,  after she realise that maybe had a litlle too much. Any way Ginger is dual remedy for costipation and diahria. Dry or fresh, it just fliping the Switch. Also inexpensive. Use in many TCM formulas.

  • Legalhelpman

    yes thank you thank you for this information,as stated down below GOD has a way of assisiting his children to live. Will be looking for the best products that contain this powerfull source of life H G 

  • Lucy_love

    Thank-you so much for this very informative article. This has been extremely helpful for me. I am obese, have hypertensions, my cholesterol is not great, I am quite certain I am full of inflamation and I have Type 2 diabetes. Not doing well on many fronts. I am glad to hear all this great news about ginger. I happen to like the tase.

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Lucy,

    You are welcome! We rather enjoy ginger ourselves!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Jim,

    Choosing the actual ginger root and choosing organic is always a good rule of thumb.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Steve,

    We are glad you liked it! Check out the other posts…very similar and also well resourced.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Noella,

    We will look into the print issue…thanks for pointing it out!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    William,

    Thank you! It’s pretty hard to go wrong with whole, natural foods.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Ginger is fantastic for digestion and nausea! One herb…many benefits!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • http://naturalhealthsherpa.com Natural Health Sherpa

    Peter,

    Ginger is also great for digestion and nausea…thanks for pointing it out!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • Jake

    Ginger is easy, easy, easy to grow.  Get a plastic storage bin from dollar store.  Drill several holes along to sides close to the bottom, then put some good soil in it.  Buy a fresh ginger root or two from a grocery store and break into several pieces and plant, water, and watch.  Before long it will be ready to harvest.  I dig up one of the roots, cut off what I need, then replant the rest back into the bin.  In winter, I drag the bin into the garage on cold nights.  They are tough and easy to grow but don’t like super cold. It grows fast in the summer.  Plant several bins if you use a lot.  You[ll always have fresh ginger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Jackson/100001086541649 Bruce Jackson

    Very helpful, I have heart problems and I’m going to add ginger extract to the supplements I’m currently taking. Thank you.

  • catherine

    For Noella

    You can copy and paste it as ‘Word’ document – then print it. I do.

    Memory-also-scatty

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    Bruce,

    Fantastic! Enjoy!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

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    Jake,

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! What a fantastic tip.

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • Constance Onassis

    I love the taste of ginger…thanks guys for sharing tips

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    Constance,

    You got it!

    Naturally yours,

    The Sherpa

  • Kenneth Bynoe

    I have been using ginger sporadically over the years and I enjoy the taste, but after reading this article, I feel compelled to make it part of my daily health regimen. Another great root vegetable that I use daily is tumeric. What a wonderful combination. Kenneth B.ynoe

  • Jacqui

    Great article!  I like the kick of fresh ginger root, so I use minced ginger root in my salad dressing, and make it fresh each day.  In the bowl that I’m going to make my salad, I add kefir, spices and finely diced ginger root and let it sit and mellow while I’m making the rest of the dinner.  At the very end I toss the salad.  I’ve also been known to eat the ginger when I’m done drinking the ginger tea.  
    Cheers to ginger, and to the natural things in life! 

  • JC

    Amazing article! Thank you for shedding light on some real misconceptions about the cause of heart disease.  I enjoy a cup of tea with fresh ginger root now and then, but I’m definitely going to do it more often now.

  • Tre

    I’ve been drinking masticated ginger juice for a while. Dosage recommendations in ounces?

  • cta

    Great article! Very helpful! Thanks for the good work.

  • Timoteo1960

    I just started to add ginger to as many dishes as seem appropriate. One of the great responses is when I put in extra, I sometimes end up with a body response similar to sprinting a couple hundred meters. Very nice, since I can’t sprint much any more…

  • bob34

    I have been juicing daily since the beginning of this year and the one ingredient that never changes is ginger. My cholesterol LDL has gone down 20% .I stopped taking statines well over a year ago

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