Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, or ginger root, is widely used as a spice and in traditional medicine. Originating from Southeast Asia, ginger has a long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It has a distinct flavour, described as hot, zesty, and sweetly aromatic. Its unique fragrance and flavour are due to its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for many of its medicinal properties, such as its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
- Can provide gastrointestinal relief and may help alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting
- It contains gingerols and shogaols, which can have inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects that may help reduce inflammation in the body
- It contains antioxidants, which may help to neutralise harmful free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress.
Reference 1: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bja.a013442
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