Ginger is one of my top-10 foods for RA, I use it daily. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and offers analgesic benefits as well. Ginger is so effective for fighting inflammation and pain that some studies have shown it works as well or better than using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (and without the gut-destroying side-effects!)
Use grated ginger in cooking or tea, juice it, blend it into smoothies, or take concentrated capsules.
Two of my favorite ways to incorporate ginger into my diet are Carrot-Ginger Juice and Ginger Tea.
CARROT-GINGER JUICE (1 serving)
3 large carrots, trimmed
1 green apple, cored
1 large knob of ginger, about 1/2 inch long
Juice all ingredients and enjoy!
NOTE: Ginger is quite potent and can taste very strong so you may wish to start with less and build up.
GINGER TEA (2 servings)
2 tablespoons grated ginger
16 ounces water
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and heat to a simmer then turn off heat, cover pot and allow to steep at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.
Pour ginger tea into a cup and add optional ingredients as desired: fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mint leaves