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iVillage: Best Natural Remedies From Around the World

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In Indonesia: Ginger Tames Triglycerides

Indonesia grows, and consumes, more ginger than almost any other country in the world. And the locals don’t just toss this flavorful root into stir fries -- they use it to make ginger tea, candy, bread and a host of other tasty treats. They’ve always consider this herb a potent heart tonic -- and now studies back them up. According to Stanford researchers, a daily dose of ginger can cut your production of artery-clogging fats called triglycerides by 27 percent. Plus, it’s twice as effective as aspirin at preventing dangerous blood clots -- ginger dampens inflammation, which is a key step in stopping the formation of clots, Stanford researchers say. The study-proven dose: 1/2 tablespoon daily.

Try these easy recipes tonight: Shanghai Ginger and Scallion Cold Tossed Noodles, Roast Squash with Ginger, Apple-Ginger Chicken

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