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The Benefits of Ginger for Bad Breath

September 6, 2018 by

Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern food that is now popular all around the world. It is made from chickpeas and named after the Arabic word for this ingredient. Hummus also has olive oil, garlic, sesame seed paste (tahini), lemon juice, and salt in it. Hummus is easy to make and goes well with many different types of dishes.

Ginger is used in a lot of different types of cuisine and is known to have several health benefits. People use ginger in stir-fries, salad dressings, and even eat it plain because the flavor and fragrance is versatile and distinct.

Ginger has been used for both traditional and modern medicinal remedies. There are about 1,600 species of ginger and some of them even produce tropical flowers. Both turmeric and cardamom are considered to be part of the ginger family.

To keep ginger fresh, you can keep the ginger root in your freezer until you are ready to use it. Ginger can also be pickled, which works as a great palate cleanser when you eat it after a meal.

Some people choose to use a dehydrator to create ginger powder to then use in smoothies or stir fries. To get various different tastes of ginger into your meals, you can add it into your ingredients both before and after cooking them.

Ginger has been known to stimulate saliva flow, relieve an upset stomach, reduce nausea and diarrhea, and prevent gastrointestinal discomfort. New studies show that the chemicals in ginger may also be responsible for reducing or eliminating bad breath.

There is a compound in ginger called 6-gingerol, which helps increase gastrointestinal transport, meaning it reduces the time it takes for food to go through your intestines. This is the same compound that encourages an enzyme in your saliva to break down and eliminate unpleasant odors. Not only does this freshen your breath, but it is also what helps ginger cleanse your palate.

A team of chemists investigated ginger’s impact on bad breath and found that 6-gingerol is able to increase the enzyme sulfhydryl oxidase 1 in saliva very quickly– in fact, 16 times over in just a few seconds.

Scientists have also looked at ginger’s ability to reduce motion sickness. Motion sickness is caused by conflicting sensory signals being sent to the brain, and while there are a lot of remedies for this problem on the market today, ginger is one of the all-natural remedies that has other valuable health benefits as well. In fact, studies have shown that taking just two capsules of powdered ginger versus taking a placebo delays the onset of motion sickness at about twice the rate.

When it comes to the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger, studies suggest that because ginger contains the rhizome for reducing pain and inflammation, it may be a good idea to keep ginger in your spice and medicine cabinets.

Ginger can also be used to treat asthma, which is a better and more natural way than using drugs that can actually increase the severity of asthma. It is also often used as a pain reliever due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Researchers believe that more research is needed to understand how food molecules can influence taste along with the biological interactions that the molecules have with saliva. Further, the discovery of the 6-gingerol component of ginger may give researchers a better direction to develop new oral hygiene products.

While ginger is safe for consumption, it is possible for high doses to lead to mild upset stomach, fatigue, diarrhea, anxiety, or heartburn. If you take ginger on a full stomach, it should help reduce the chances of experiencing these side effects. Ginger can also interact with medications like anesthesia, anticoagulants, and analgesics, which can lead to a slower healing time for wounds, sun sensitivity, erratic heartbeat, bleeding, and sedation.

There are many forms of ginger available, such as tinctures, tea, powders, oils, capsules, and foods derived from the ginger root. However, capsules with “super-critical extraction” are the best and most effective because they give you the effects of the purest ginger and will give you the greatest effect.

It is best to take 100 to 200 milligrams of ginger every day for four to six weeks before starting to take more to reduce the risk of side effects.

Start by putting a small amount of grated ginger root on your food, like salads or stir-fries, or put a few teaspoons of it in a pot of boiling water to create a brew. Studies have shown that when ginger is heated, it has a hypoalgesic effect, which helps alleviate pain up to 25% more effectively than a placebo.

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