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Ginger

What are its benefits?

Scientists have long known that ginger is one of the plants that facilitates digestion and increases bioabsorption of dietary nutrients. Newer research (“Prebiotic Potential of Culinary Spices Used to Support Digestion and Bioabsorption”) shows that ginger changes the microbiome and causes shifts in microbial populations: “Both fibers and phytochemicals in medicinal herbs used as spices appear to promote the growth of beneficial microbes and inhibit the growth of potentially inflammatory species.” Ginger led to an increase in Lactobacillus gut bacteria, a beneficial bacteria that helps the body break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that can cause diseases such as diarrhea. Another study indicated that the components in ginger promote tissue repair and antimicrobial immunity.

 

As a home remedy, ginger is a common treatment for upset stomach and nausea. It seems to aid digestion and saliva flow. There’s evidence that ginger eases muscle and joint pain, as well as pain from arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

What is it?

Ginger is a flowering tropical plant that grows in China, India, Africa, the Caribbean, and other warm climates. The root of the ginger plant is well-known as a spice and flavoring. The root doesn’t have many vitamins or minerals, but it has a lot of antioxidants.

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Creatine

What are its benefits?

Creatine helps to build muscles, and it works with a beneficial bacteria that maintains the mucosal lining of the intestines, thought to reduce “leaky gut” syndrome.

What is it?

Creatine is a molecule that the body can naturally produce – though we make less as we age. In the body, creatine is made primarily in the kidneys (and completed in the liver) by three amino acids: glycine, arginine, and methionine. The amino acids are converted into creatine phosphate and phosphocreatine which are then stored in the skeletal muscles and used for energy.

 

Creatine is synthetically produced by reacting sarcosine, a sodium salt, and cyanamide, a white organic amide compound. (Although these two chemicals are not fit for human consumption individually, when combined they react to form a compound that is completely safe for human intake.)

  • First of all, sarcosine and cyanamide are combined in a steel reactor. Inside the reactor, these chemicals are heated under pressure to form creatine in crystal form. The crystallized creatine particles are further passed through the centrifugal process to remove any unwanted residual particles.
  • To improve the dissolvability and absorption rate, crystalline creatine is passed through the milling process. The final result is fine creatine monohydrate powder which is packed and sold.

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