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The drink I never skip out on - especially during cold season.

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

By Theron Hutton MD

I drink ginger nearly every single day. I am especially careful to do it during cold and flu season.

Ginger has many well-studied natural impounds known to exhibit many health benefits. Some fo these are antioxidant, anti inflammatory, immunomodulatory, nd antiviral. There is evidence that ginger reduces symptoms of upper and lower respiratory infection and is active against many viruses including RSV, Hepatitis A and B, influenza and even COVID 19.

Different ways of preparing ginger produce some different chemicals with alternate activities.

One effective and easy way to use ginger is to make a fresh ginger tea.

Here’s how I do it:

I take fresh ginger root that I buy from the grocery store. I try to get organic if possible. Using a cheese grater or a similar implement a great about 1 inch of ginger onto a plate. I put the grade in Ginger into a French press. To that I add hot water and I let iT steep. After about 5 minutes pour into my favorite mug and sip throughout the day.

For added benefit add local honey, cayenne pepper or turmeric.

Chang J.S., Wang K.C., Yeh C.F., Shieh D.E., Chiang L.C. Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell lines. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013;145(1):146–151.


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