Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to curcuma, cardomon and galangal. The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It is often called ginger root, or simply ginger. Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.
Slight spiciness and biting while also sweet, warm and somewhat woody.
Ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness.
Ginger appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
Ginger has been shown to drastically lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period. One of the traditional uses of ginger is for pain relief, including menstrual pain.
Ginger lower Cholesterol levels. There is some evidence, in both animals and humans, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
Ginger extract has been studied as an alternative treatment for several forms of cancer.Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer.
Ginger can enhance brain function directly. In a study of 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was shown to improve reaction time and working memory Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain.
Ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria. It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which involves degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms like joint pain and stiffness.