Ginger is one of the most ancient spices worldwide. It has become well-known for its health benefits, we which include its ability to boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, increase appetite, prevent various types of cancer, improve respiratory conditions, aid in digestion, eliminate arthritis symptoms, relieves pain related to nausea and flu, lowering levels of inflammation, reducing exercise-induced pain (soreness) and enhances sexual performance.
Ginger has multiple health benefits that are great for everyone, but it has unique properties, which might benefit ageing men dealing with their physical and mental well-being. Ginger inhibits the build up of cortisol, which can cause weak erections or erectile dysfunction and works to maintain healthy blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol, which if both are high, can reduce the flow of blood into the penis.
Ginger supplements are made from dried or fresh ginger root or from a steam process of the oil. You can find ginger extracts, tinctures, capsules, oils, and tea. To reap ginger health benefits, be sure to not take more than 4 grams of ginger daily, including from food. The suggested dose is 75 to 2,000 mg of standardized ginger (4% volatile oils or 5% compounds including gingerol or shogaol) in divided doses taken with food.
Here are a few ways to incorporate ginger into your diet...
1. Soup- Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings an extra zest to your hot, creamy winter soups.
2. Brew it: An ideal natural remedy to clear up congestion or the onset of a sore throat is fresh ginger tea. An upset belly can also benefit from fresh ginger.
3. In stir-fries - Almost every stir-fry could use a little grated or even minced ginger to spice things up.
4. Blend it: For a little detox in your smoothie, consider blending in some fresh ginger (piece of ginger, size of your thumb).
Make sure to discuss with your physician before beginning on a regimen of ginger, particularly if you have preexisting conditions (especially heart diseases) or are taking some medicines. There may be interaction between ginger and certain medicines such as drugs used to treat diabetes and blood thinners. Taking ginger in excessive amounts, instead of bringing ginger benefits for men, can result in symptoms of bloating, heartburn and an upset stomach.
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