The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Ginger

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Add a boost with Relaxing Blend, featuring Ginger.

Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.
Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean.[2]

Preliminary research indicates that nine compounds found in ginger may bind to human serotonin receptors which may influence gastrointestinal function.[3]

Research conducted in vitro tests show that ginger extract might control the quantity of free radicals and the peroxidation of lipids.[4]

In a 2010 study, daily consumption of ginger was shown to help ease muscle pain associated with exercise by 25%. [5]

Ginger root supplement has been identified in one study to help reduce colon inflammation markers such as PGE2, thus indicating a measure that might affect colon cancer.[6]

[1] “ginger”. Online Etymology Dictionary, http://www.etymonline.com/. Retrieved 22 January 2011.

[2] “Zingiber officinale information from NPGS/GRIN”. ars-grin.gov. Retrieved 3 March 2008.

[3] Identification of serotonin 5-HT1A receptor partial agonists in ginger. Nievergelt A. Huonker P. Schoop R. Altmann KH. Gertsch J. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 18(9):3345-51, 2010 May 01

[4] http://www.aseanbiodiversity.info/Abstract/51006851.pdf

[5] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100519131130.htm

[6] http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/ginger-cancer-1011

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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