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Ginger Root and Yeast Infection

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author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Ginger Root and Yeast Infection
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In herbal medicine, ginger root is hailed as a natural remedy for treating and preventing various issues, including yeast infections. Ginger contains anti-microbial components that help prevent yeast and fungi from growing out of control. Talk to your doctor if you experience frequent yeast infections because it may be an indication of an underlying problem.

About Yeast Infections

When your system is in balance, the growth of yeast is strictly controlled. If you become sick, take antibiotics or your system is out of whack, opportunist microbes overgrow and cause infection. Candida, a microbe that functions as a yeast and a fungus, causes infections in humans. A yeast infection can occur in your mouth, vagina, skin or even bloodstream. In adults, however, vaginal yeast infections are most common. More than 70 percent of women can expect to experience at least one yeast infection during their lifetimes.

Contains Anti-Candida Substances

Components of ginger effectively prevent candida overgrowth, according to a study published in the 2009 issue of the American Journal of Applied Sciences. Researchers compared the effects of a ginger extract to a common antifungal medication against oral candida yeast infection, also known as thrush. They found ginger significantly suppressed candida growth and point to several components that have anti-microbial effects, including gingerol and shagelol.

Taking Ginger Root

You have a number of options for getting ginger root, including taking capsules. People who use ginger as a natural remedy traditionally make ginger root tea, according to Joe Graedon, author of the book "The People's Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies." Ginger root is readily available at local grocers and markets. Simply cut off about 1 inch of the root, dice it, add it to boiling water and let the mixture boil for a few minutes before straining and enjoying.

Nutritional Properties of Ginger

In addition to its anti-microbial properties, ginger contains vitamins, minerals and beneficial compounds called flavonoids. Fruits, vegetables and spices in your diet contain bioactive flavonoids, which together may help prevent chronic diseases. Ginger is particularly rich in potassium, according to "The People's Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies." It also contains smaller amounts of other minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and phosphorus, as well as vitamin C and several B vitamins -- B-6, folate and niacin.

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