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Ginger for Pain

Research shows that ginger might be better than ibuprofen for pain. The theory is that ginger relieves inflammation in the body. Inflammation is what causes pain. Arthritis pain, which is medically inflammation of the joints, is particularly responsive to ginger. In many studies of osteoarthritis knee pain scientists have found that ginger effectively relieves that pain. 

Ginger root, the edible part of the ginger plant, has been used for years for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to alleviate stomach upsets. Scientists have discovered that ginger's anti-inflammatory benefits come from gingerols. Pro-inflammatory enzymes, CO-X2 play a role in causing pain. Studies suggest that gingerols inhibit these enzymes. 

Has ginger helped you? Let us know. 

February is Heart Month

One in four Americans dies from heart disease. That is a pretty high statistic. It includes both men and women. 

What is even more frightening is that most people do not know how deadly this preventable disease can be. 

Diet and exercise are the two best ways to protect your heart. Work on eliminating risk factors such as smoking and stress. 

In addition, learn to recognize the signs of a heart attack or stroke. Heart attacks are often preceded by chest discomfort or discomfort in other areas of the body. Prior to a heart attack you may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, cold sweat and lightheadedness. 

Signs of stroke include face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. If anyone shows any of these signs, it's time to call 911.

How are you going to help your heart this month? 

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