This root vegetable helps you fight diseases

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This root vegetable helps you fight diseases
Some years ago, when I was still working with Peta, I fell unwell. Something happened to me overnight and suddenly I found that I was unable to stand, or walk around. It seemed to me that the whole world was revolving around me (literally as I just seemed to be dizzy all the time). All the doctors I consulted performed a myriad of tests, from testing my eyes, to my ears, to my nerves and even my brain, but were unable to pin point the cause of my dizziness. Meanwhile, I continued crawling around the house, since I could not stand, or lying flat on my back staring up at the ceiling. If I walked about, it seemed as if the floor was tilting up, or was moving, and I would feel sick, almost as if I was on a ship and sea sick!

When all allopathic drugs failed, I turned to alternative medicines. My then boss, Ingrid Newkirk, sent me some stuff to help me keep my balance. One of the items she sent me was ginger tablets. I took them, and even though the floor still rocked, my feeling of nausea decreased.

Fast forward to a few years later, when a friend’s sick child was always nauseous and found it difficult to keep any food down because of this nausea. Anti-nausea tablets did not help her. And she wasn’t getting better because she could not keep any nutrition in her body. I suggested giving the child some ginger to see if it would help. And sure enough, it did. My friend sliced some ginger very fine, dipped it in lemon juice and got her child to chew on that throughout the day. Et voila! The nausea came under control.

Ginger is a very powerful root vegetable. It has many qualities, all of them excellent. According to, ginger is widely used throughout the world for treating loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea resulting from cancer treatment, flatulence, stomach upset, colic, morning sickness and motion sickness. Some people find ginger helps them with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain as well.

A study by researchers from the Michigan Medical University proved that regular use of ginger root supplements reduced colon inflammation, which is a considered a precursor to colon cancer.

A very important use of ginger is in reversing ovarian cancer. A study found that exposing ovarian cancer cells to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test! How cool is that!

Ginger is not just useful for health. In some parts of the world, ginger juice is applied to the skin to treat burns. Ginger is also used as flavouring by the food and drinks industry, as a spice and flavouring in cooking, and for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Ginger contains a chemical that is used as an ingredient in antacid, laxative and anti-gas medications.

(The writer is a vegan chef and author of The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style!)


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