Did you know that many household spices can also relieve common ailments? For example, the side effects of nausea commonly induced by chemotherapy can be lessened by ginger.
But there are many more symptoms which your “spice cabinet” can address.
- Digestive problems such as bloating
- Cold symptoms (cough, phlegm)
- Inflammation of the oral mucosa
- Lumbago and sciatica
Paprika stimulates the gastric motor functions and promotes the production of stomach acid and bile, making fatty foods more digestible. At the same time, the capsaicin, contained in paprika, has a warming and circulation-promoting effect, which is often used in heat patches.
Pepper facilitates the splitting of protein-rich food so it is also particularly suitable for seasoning meat dishes.
If you have a sensitive stomach or are prone to heartburn, however, you should be careful with these two spices. The increased gastric acid production could otherwise cause problems.
A slice of fresh ginger is effective against nausea and is therefore ideally suited for the prevention of travel and motion sickness. In a study conducted in 2009, by researchers at the University of Rochester, New York/USA of 641 cancer patients, it was found that ginger is effective against nausea and vomiting when occurring as a side effect of chemotherapy.
Ginger also has a strong warming effect. At the first sign of a cold, a fresh ginger tea can often be a good preventative. At the same time, ginger stimulates the stomach and bile production and thus aids digestion.
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