Give your pantry and fridge a quick scan. Do you see powdered or fresh ginger? If not, it's time to plan a trip to the grocery store—stat! That’s because this medicinal marvel, long touted in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda as a healing spice, actually has a significant amount of science to back it up. And it isn’t just motion sickness that it treats. Ginger can also knock out PMS pain, headaches, bloating, and so much more.
The best part: Both fresh and powdered ginger (what you'd find in your spice cabinet) deliver these health perks, so pick what's most convenient for you. And you don't have to consume a megadose to feel the results either—experts, including integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, M.D, recommend consuming around 2 grams of ginger per day, which works out to about 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, or 3/4 teaspoon powdered ginger.
Here, 7 of the most compelling reasons to start embracing this potent, flavor-packed root on the regular.
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