Ginger has long been used not only to make tea and season foods, but also as a remedy for stomach upset. Research suggests that ginger may help curb motion sickness and morning sickness, as well as nausea caused by chemotherapy. In a study conducted earlier this year at the University of Rochester, cancer patients who took ginger supplements along with antiemetic drugs cut symptoms of nausea by 40 percent. Ginger also has analgesic properties; studies show that it may help protect against post-exercise muscle pain.
Whether powdered or freshly ground, ginger tastes great on fruits and veggies (like carrots) and makes a delicious mix-in for frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream.