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How to avoid Dizziness

 

Vertigo or dizziness is the sensation that your environment are spinning that  happens as you stand up fast or provide differences in the position of your head. It can be caused by inner ear infections or sinus, but one type of vertigo is known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. Though not medically that much serious, BPPV can cause discomfort and even falls. If you are troubled by unexplained dizziness that returns for more than a week, or if you experience headache, weakness, trouble speaking or chest pains, see your doctor to rule out medical problems. Nevertheless, in case of benign positional vertigo, you may try to use ginger root. Naturally used as a relief or cure for motion sickness, ginger has been demonstrated in most studies to have vertigo-reducing effects.

In case of vertigo treatment, dizziness and nausea using natural remedies, ginger is the leading herb that may come to your mind. Ginger has been continuously used for more than a thousand years for the treatment of ailments such as vertigo, seasickness, queasy stomach, hypertension, liver problem, hair loss and indigestion. Ginger in ginger root form is the best home remedy for vertigo symptoms. Some people who says that it can be used for their vertigo symptoms so that they feel almost immediately when it strikes. There have been a number of studies and researches on the health benefits of ginger and more to come in the next years. Ginger has long been known in its natural relieving power for all classes of sickness and nausea, as well as an aid to poor circulation and acting as a strong anti-inflammatory.

Some of the ways to use ginger or ginger root as a natural remedy for vertigo are;

  • Add ground ginger in milk puddings and desserts, biscuits, gingerbreads and cakes.
  •  Use ginger to homemade pickles and jams
  •  Use ginger for a refreshing ginger lemonade or ginger ale preparation.
  •  Use ginger in any type of soy Chinese style sauce.
  •  Use grated ginger by adding it to couscous or spice up rice.
  • Mix ginger with olive oil and garlic to prepare a tasty dressing for salad.
  •  For an invigorating pick-me-up drink, add ginger to freshly juiced carrots and apples.
  •  Sprinkle dried ginger over rhubarb crumble or apple.
  •  Prepare a ginger tea sweetened with honey.
  •  Use grated or chopped ginger by adding it to all types of stir-fries and curries.
  • Apply ginger for marinades for meat and poultry products.
  • Use chopped ginger, garlic and onion as an addition to meat or vegetables.
  • Use fresh ginger to make coconut milk creamy curries or spicy curries.

 

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Ginger For Increased Fertility

Infertility is one of the major health problems in the human life and almost 30% of the infertilities are mainly because of a male factor.A number of  conditions can interfere with spermatogenesis and reduce sperm  quality and production. More factors such as drug  treatment, chemotherapy, toxins, air pollutions and insufficient vitamins intake have harmful effects on spermatogenesis and sperm normal production. Several studies have reported that antioxidants and vitamin A, B, C, and E in diet can protect  sperm DNA from free radicals and increase blood  testis barrier stability. Nowadays ginger  rhizome (Zingiber officinale R., family:  Zingiberaceae), is used worldwide as a spice. Both  antioxidative and androgenic activity  of Z.  officinale were reported in animal models. All major active ingredients of Z. officinale, such as  Zingerone, Gingerdiol, Zingibrene, gingerols and  shogaols, have antioxidant activity . Besides,  other researches showed that ginger oil has  dominative protective effect on DNA damage induced by H2O2 and might act as a scavenger of  radical and might be used as an antioxidant . Antioxidants protect DNA and other important molecules from oxidation and damage, and can  improve sperm quality and consequently increase fertility rate in men .Therefore, the role of nutritional and biochemical factors in reproduction and subfertility treatment is very important.

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Sperm cells Vs Ginger reaction

     A number of discriminating couples suffering from infertility are seeking natural solutions to  increase fertility. Indeed, several supplements  exist that can increase sperm motility rate in men and egg quality in women.In addition to  some supplements such as Melatonin,coenzyme Q10,vitamin B12, and Pycnogenol anecdotal reports suggest that ginger may be helpful as well.There are a number of  reports that ginger can regulate menstrual cycle and thus increase the chance of conception.With this respect,a  recent animal study on rats showed that giving ginger to diabetic rats enhances fertility and significantly minimize the rate of infertility . Ginger treatments successfully correct hormonal imbalances contributing to infertility.For continuous rate of consumption, You should consult a qualified health practitioner before to consuming ginger medicinally.

References 

1. Isidori AM, Pozza C, Gianfrilli D, Isidori A. Medical  treatment to improve sperm quality. J Reprod Biomed  2006;12:704 -714.

2. Carlsen E, Giwercman A, Keiding N, Skakkebaek NE.Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50  years. BMJ 1992; 305:609-613.

3. Mosher WD, Pratt WF. Fecundity and infertility in the  United States: incidence and trends. J Fertil Steril 1991; 56:192-193.

 

Ginger Tea Benefits

Ginger tea is one of the products of ginger root.It is mainly prepared from ginger components.Ginger tea is consumed all over the world for its magnificent power of healing  used for so many killer diseases. It is very common in far east and Asia such as China,Taiwan,Philippines,and Singapore where ginger is peeled off and sliced and poured into hot water with brown sugar, and steeped for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Sometimes a slice of orange  is added to make it more delicious.You can also add extra ingredients such as  lemon, honey,mango and orange which can improve the overall quality of ginger tea.Here are the major benefits of ginger tea that can keep you healthy and strong.

Ginger tea  Alleviates the rate of motion sickness-Ginger tea helps to treat nausea associated  motion sickness by reducing the expansion rate of the illness  and preventing the  vomit occurred in long distance trips.Ginger tea can also soothe nerves and  eradicate heavy headache like migraines. In addition,it avoids feeling  nauseous during a trip or a journey, so you should drink a cup of ginger tea prior to  going out for travels.Recently,several resaerch results show that ginger tea works more than a placebo for the reduction or elimination of  motion sickness, nausea or pregnancy morning sickness.Again,remember that you should drink a cup of ginger tea before embarking on a trip.

Ginger tea Accelerates Digestion system-Ginger tea is the perfect solution for healthy digestion, thereby maintaining an improved food absorption and avoiding possible tummy aches caused by too much food intake.Insignificant accumulation of belching can be thwarted by using ginger tea.Furthermore, ginger tea opens your appetite in case you’re feeling bloated, by catalyzing gastric acids to more that aid in digestion. This magnificent herb in tea form can successfully address indigestion  and flatulence possibilities.You can start using a cup of ginger tea for creating a healthy digestion. Due to its significant effect against nausea and motion sickness,it and can  be used as a mild laxative.

Ginger tea minimizes Inflammation-Ginger tea reduces joint  inflammation which is commonly known  as rheumatoid arthritis.Tired, sore muscles and joints are alleviated through ginger tea.On the other hand, swelling and puffiness can be lessen by using a warm ginger tea soak.Athlete’s foot, can also be treated by ginger tea which is  recommended as a foot soak to minimize the painful burning sensation which comes with itching.

Ginger tea can prevent from major respiratory problems-Drinking ginger tea is very essential  for common respiratory diseases like common cold and cough. Ginger helps in loosening up phlegm and freely moving your lungs, so that you recover from  breathing problem  with in a short period of time.It also appease allergies and continuous sneezing caused by hay fever symptom.It gives you a warm feeling throughout the body and feels you really fresh.

 Ginger tea empowers the  Immune System-Ginger tea  is considered as one of the top five antioxidant foods (according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report released on July 2006). that can scavenge free radicals causing damage and even death to various cells of the body.If you drink a cup of ginger tea daily,your immunity level will likely be raised mainly by inhibiting fatty deposits from clogging the arteries.Also,your cholesterol level will be lowered and the percent of cancerous cells(colorectal  and ovarian cancer cells) in your body becomes too low.

 

      Other Benefits   - Healthy blood circulation

                                     -Low stress rate

                                     -Minimum Menstrual Cramp and

                                     -High rate of fertility

                                      

The healing power of ginger in hypertension and hyperlipidemia

   This study was done to manipulate the preventive effect of a herbal family, ginger on two major risk factors of coronary artery disease (CAD) mainly hyperlipidemia  and hypertension. These power of effects were compared with another ginger-garlic which is a more reliable, tested and established herb against these risk factors and considered as a reference drug.

    Different medicinal studies have shown that better preventive impact of ginger on hypertension/blood pressure and hyperlipidemia as the rise in blood pressure and d lipid levels is lower in preventive ginger group than control group which is statistically significant.

Ginger or Z. officinale is one of the most popular  herbal of all the spices and  one of the top five antioxidant foods  as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2006 (Scott, 2010) reported. Ginger is currently considered much existing interest for its power to treat different aspects of cardiovascular and related disease. According to  Nicoll and Henein 2009,reviews of the most recent trials, point that ginger performance show considerable   anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet, antioxidant, hypotensive and  hypolipidemic effect  in different  vitro and animal trials.  Also, Ginger offers  not only a cheaper natural Ginger rhizome but also contains several classes of compounds including starch  containing 40 to 60%, fats (10%), proteins (10%), fibers (5%), inorganic material (6%), moisture (10%) and essential oil (1-4%). The essential oil or oleoresin of ginger contains various compounds containing terpins and sesquiterpenes  or specifically Zingiberene. In these compounds, more than 200 different volatile substances have been characterized in  the crucial oil fraction contents. The characteristic pungent odor is because of its oleoresin content,is an oily liquid  having oxymethyl phenols like zingerone, shagol  and gingerol (according to Verma et al., 1999). Gingerol and Shagoal though considered one of the major active principle , ginger may  not truly represent the crude extract in all perspective because single plant is known to contain as many as over 100 chemicals (according to Harborne, 1984), therefore  in this current study we have used purified dried powder of ginger  which is Standardized by Organics India. In addition to this,it is the safest form to supply  as drug in future as compared to various other forms inclusive of extracts.

Based on the aforementioned outputs, we can conclude that ginger is an effective herbal remedy for the risk factors like hypertension and hyperlipidemia of IHD and if taken preventively, it will be very effective in reducing the chances of developing these risk factors. Compared to ginger, garlic which is more tested against these cardiovascular risk factors have shown more superior  effect in reducing lipid levels as preventive remedy than ginger, but ginger has an edge over garlic in reducing blood pressure.

Therefore, ginger has the potential to give an optimum health benefits and it is not only considered as a cheaper and natural alternative but also the effective preventive remedy for the risk factors as in the cases of hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

Ginger production

     Ginger production is the continuous cultivation of ginger up to the final stage either in commercial or household or small scale processes. Both ways can provide its own ginger quality and quantity parameters that the person or firm who needs standardized cultivation should select the best method of ginger production.

Commercial ginger production

     Ginger production in a commercial system can help to get a desirable ginger for a large scale demand.Young ginger is mostly preferred in the commercial production since it is harvested in an early stage of up to 5 months which minimizes the duration of the production time. Also, the fiber content of young ginger is smaller and easily pickled than the other similar ginger specious which is the most essential point for the preparation of ginger related outputs. After harvesting, care should be taken for the fresh ginger not to be exposed to direct sunlight otherwise dehydration may take out the internal water content. In order to prevent the product injury in the handling and harvesting process,15-21 days of foliage trimming is the necessary practice. Even though the production of mature ginger is 95% and  fresh ginger in a commercial stage is one out of twenty(5%),fresh ginger is still the number one choice in the ginger cultivation industry.

Commercial Methods of Processing

    There are two harvesting procedures in the output of both fresh and mature ginger.The procedures are mainly classified based on the desirability and the cultivation aspects.The first one is early harvest which is applied at the mid of the 6th month after plantation.This results low fiber content fresh ginger suitable for the production of candied items. The second harvest is applied at the 60th day after plantation that produces a mature ginger output containing oleoresins and essential oils crucial for the preparation of dehydrated products. Powder ginger is produced from the final mature rhizomes which are harvested at the late period of the plantation time. On the other hand fresh ginger in commercial  gingerproduction can be used in the preparation of syrup and confectionary market so that it is recommended for sectors related to such category to harvest ginger at the early period.

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    Ginger production in commercial processing has its own limitation if Rhizomes are not harvested at the desired stage of maturity. Diseases (i.eFusarium rot and related inhibitors), nematodes and bruises can attack the ginger production. Therefore continuous treatment and experimental investigation should be made in every cultivation and harvesting process.

Small scale ginger production

    Just as for the commercial production, local ginger production is also possible for local farmers who want to grow in a kitchen garden as small scale. Even though the amount of ginger production in this stage is somehow small, it is an effective market opportunity for small scale farmers who really need a significant income. Intensive labor power is needed for the overall ginger production so that the farmer should optimize the required labor supply with the basic demands. Dehydrated, pickled ginger, cookies, instant tea and ginger peals can be prepared and farmers can have a great opportunity to sell to restaurants, local herbal shops, supermarkets and hotels and enjoy the market power of ginger production starting from these household harvesting activities.

 

 

Ginger oil

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  Ginger oil is a processed output liquid of ginger with a yellow or a light green color in an aromatic odor property of the spice family.Dried rhizome of Zingiber Official Rose is the main row material for the production of ginger oil through a process called steam distillation.The major part of this oil is covered by sesquiterpenes which have no pungency smell like the fresh ginger root.

 Ginger Oil

   Ginger oil is essential for cakes,bakery goods ginger snaps, spice snaps, and in soft drinks of the ginger-oil type and in condiment mixes mainly in a form of flavor section. Currently,Scientists and herbalists use different ginger components to prevent and treat health challenges associated with inflammation, like bronchitis, arthritis and ulcerative colitis. In this aspect, Ginger oil has been used in fractures, carbuncles, nausea, hangovers,rheumatism, arthritis, bruising, travel and sea sickness, colds and flu, catarrh, congestion, sores on the skin, sore throat,coughs, sinusitis, diarrhea, colic, fever,cramps, and chills treatment.In addition to this, ginger oil is used as flavor for cake, cookies and biscuits and ginger ale which is sweet, carbonated and non-alcoholic liquor.

Ginger oil is also an important oil type widely used in the preparation of bottled, carbonated and non-alcoholic beverage.Other food preparations and pharmaceuticals companies use this oil widely.Dry ginger is the principal raw material used in the process of ginger oil production.Tin-platted drums or Aluminum drums are used for packing the product.

 

Ginger Oil Process Description

  First, ginger in the dry form is milled successfully by grinder to the estimated mesh size.In this process, Steam distillation is the most preferable way for all essential oils including ginger oil produced in large scale production.After the production of steam in the boiler, it is mixed to an evaporation vessel that contains water and ginger powder. At a certain distance x above the level of the water, the ginger powder is on a grid that fills the bottom of the water vessel that the water is vaporized through an indirect process by  using a steam flowing in a pipe coil of defined water submergence.

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  After a while, the water vapor and the distilled oil are recovered in a different water cooler and condenser which is coming from the evaporator vessel. A process called decantation in a Florentine flask separates the mixture that is flowing out of the condenser .Then,at the bottom of the flask,the distilled water leaves the flask and the essential ginger oil is collected at the top of the flask. This essential oil is sent back to the evaporator vessel by means of second distillation to recover the soluble components of the oil.

  There are two ways of ginger oil extraction; the first one is steam distillation and the other alternative is solvent extraction. Solvent extraction technique is used for the extraction of ginger oleoresin However, to get essential oil, steam distillation technique is preferred. Nowadays, an essential oil type that contains ginger oil is highly needed due to its significance for health and related medical sciences.

 

 



GINGER ROOT BENEFITS

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    Ginger root is the main part of the spice ginger which contains a number of essential minerals that kills bacteria and small micro-organisms.Ginger root is the lower stem of the ginger specious named Zingeberofficinale that has a great role in the treatment of nausea,blood pressure,common cold,anemia,toothaches,and hemorrhages.

   The recent health science suggests that a powdered dry ginger root of about one gram prevents motion sickness. Ginger root in the powder form of the equal gram gives more positive result than artificial drugs like Placebo or Dramamine. It can also be used appetite stimulation, digestion aid, a gargle for sore throats and perspiration improvement during fever cases.Most scientists agree that ginger root in a defined concentration rate is preferable than over the counter drugs which is taken to treat nausea. With this respect ginger in the root form is better that it has no side effects in the central nervous system. The famous herbalist and author Daniel Mowrey ones said ‘Ginger is the perfect remedy for acute nausea….use it till you taste it’.

Ginger root can also prevent leukotriene and prostaglandin in its pungent smell reaction which produces allergic and related inflammatory formations that aids for the newly infection case for asthma and arthritis. In addition, ginger root has the power to preserve food in its anti-oxidant and antimicrobial properties. Intestinal parasite worms can easily been killed by ginger root oil with a limited dosage prescription and its power of remedy is greater than other similar artificially manufactured anti parasite drugs. Ginger root compounds can also be used for the prevention of thromboxane which accelerates Clumping or aggregation in platelets cells.

Ginger root is applicable for the treatment of hyperemes is gravidarum which is the main cases of a disease called morning sickness frequently observed during the initial trimester period of pregnancy. On the other hand nausea and vomiting seen in postoperative patients is reduced by using the ginger root.According to Yamahara et al., 1989if there is any patient who is treated with cytotoxic compounds, ginger is recommended basically for the reduction of vomiting in. Related to this, Kraft and Hobbs, 2004;and Adame and Adame,2001 wrote that ginger root in a suitable recipe form can enhance and stimulate appetite and accelerate digestion and act as ant flatulent for the reduction of bloating and gas.

According to Masuda et al., 2004; Ahmed et al., 2000 and Surh et al., 1998, the vitro and animal trials with ginger and ginger root have emphasized that it possesses Powerful antioxidant ability and thereby empower with sufficient protective effect against free radical damage. In addition to this, ginger root by products releaseanti-tumor effects in vitro on particular cells under Epstein-Barr virus stage of infection as well as antioxidant effects that prevent the human body not to be affected in certain types of cancer.Finally,this scientific experiment has shown how ginger root has applicable principles to protect human nerve system and even it may have bright hope in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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