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Ginger is one of the most delicious and healthy spices on the planet.

The 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Ginger Tea

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Ginger is one of the most delicious and healthy spices on the planet. Maybe you’ve only had it in international cuisine, but its value reaches far beyond a flavor enhancer! Ginger has been used for centuries and is backed by research for the many health benefits provided.

Ginger is rich in vitamin C, numerous trace minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, folate, niacin, riboflavin, B3 and B6.

Ginger is a tropical flowering plant that originally grew in Southeast Asia but is now grown around the world. In fact, you can even grow it in your own backyard! Ginger is a close relative of turmeric. Ginger can be eaten fresh, dried and ground as a spice, or made into capsules, tablets, and liquid extracts. The richest benefits come from eating fresh ginger.

Ginger is packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds which support your immune system, digestion, brain health and more. It is loaded with antioxidants which are compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. These antioxidants can help fight off chronic diseases including diseases of the lungs.

Ginger contains more than 400 compounds, of which gingerol is the most potent of them all. This compound is responsible for the root’s health benefits. It provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The health benefits provided by ginger are backed by scientific research.

1. Certain chemicals in fresh ginger help your body fight off germs like E. coli and Shigella.

2. Ginger’s antibacterial compounds help keep oral bacteria from growing, preventing periodontal gum disease.

3. Ginger is highly effective against nausea. It has been shown to help with nausea and vomiting after surgery and after chemotherapy.

4. Helps support digestion. Indigestion, heartburn, bloating can be calmed with ginger.

5. Helps support a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that ginger has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

6. Reduces inflammation, helpful to those with rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis.

7. Lowers blood sugar. A great addition to the diet of individuals with type 2 diabetes.

8. Shortens or prevents the common cold. Several of the compounds in ginger can lower fever, reduce pain and suppress a cough.

9. Reduces cancer risk. Researchers have found that compounds in ginger have cancer-fighting abilities.

10. Helps muscle soreness. Eases exercise-induced muscle soreness.

One of the best ways you add fresh ginger to your lifestyle is making a delicious cup of fresh ginger tea! It only takes minutes, and it’s not only delicious but a powerhouse of nutrients!

How to make Fresh Ginger tea:


1 1/2 inches raw, peeled ginger root (wash it first before peeling)

2 cups water

1 fresh lemon

Mint leaves (optional)


1. Wash, pat dry and peel the ginger root. Thinly slice 6–8 pieces

2. In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat. Toss in the sliced ginger. Let steep 10 minutes.

3. Remove the ginger and pour the tea into a cup. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.


Anita Lesko

In my new book A Food Revolution: How the Plant-Based Movement Can Win the Global War on Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease and Other Disease is being released at the most perfect time.

A moment in history when the time to start getting healthy has never been more critical. What you put on your plate is the big determining factor of your state of health. Don’t wait another moment. Get started today.


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