Ginger may not be the first spice you think of to incorporate in your snacks, salads and dinners but it's one of the healthiest on the planet! Here's why:
1. It's healthy for your heart.
Research has shown that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood clotting, which could, in turn, help prevent blood vessel blockages that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.
A recent study out of Pennsylvania State University found that a meal made with a spice blend that included ginger (along with garlic, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, turmeric and black pepper) reduced levels of triglycerides by 30 percent when compared to an identical non-spiced meal.
2. It helps your tummy!
Ginger has long been associated with relieving nausea and morning sickness, motion sickness, and even menstrual pain, as it's original use was for pain relief. A 2012 study shored up that wisdom, showing that ginger can reduce nausea after chemotherapy when taken as a supplement.
3. It can help you breathe easy.
Ginger tea is a classic remedy purported to ease cough and cold symptoms. And it turns out, there’s some science to its soothing powers when you’re sick. In 2013, research out of Columbia University found that ginger might help asthma patients breathe more easily.
4. It has anti-inflammatory effects.
Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness, but the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger can help that. In a trial done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, participants who took ginger extract had less pain and needed less pain medication than those who didn't.
*Although rare, too much ginger can cause heartburn, diarrhea and irritation of the mouth, according to the University of Maryland. There can also be interactions with medications, such as acetylsalicylic acid.
But most of us can indulge in ginger for its flavour and health benefits. Try it in:
Apple Cran-Curry Salsa
Apricot Almond Energy Bars
Asparagus and Orange Salad With Ginger Dressing
Broiled Tofu With No-Cook Peanut Sauce
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Prince William rarely speaks publicly about his mother Princess Diana's death, but this week, he candidly consoled a nine-year-old girl who had lost her father.
The Duke of Cambridge was visiting a child bereavement centre in London when he comforted the girl, named Aoife, whose father had died of cancer, according to The Telegraph.
"You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was 15 and my brother was 12. So we lost our mummy when we were young as well."
He also emphasized how important it was to talk about her grief. "Do you speak about your daddy? It's very important to talk about it, very, very important."
The Prince was joined by his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the official visit to Child Bereavement UK, on its one-year anniversary.
"It was really nice that he talked to me," Aoife was quoted in People. "It was like there are other people who know what it is like to lose someone."
The Duke and Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997. This August will mark the 20th anniversary of her death.
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