More and more people are turning to alternative medicine realizing its health benefits. One of those, which is ginger, was originated in Southeastern Asia and can be found in Asian and Indian cuisine. Ginger has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties.
Ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family, is along side with the turmeric and cardamon family. Ginger root contains a very high level of total antioxidants and has a strong, spicy and aromatic smell that comes from essential oils and phenolic compounds such as gingerols, shogaols, and paradols in the root.
Ginger’s health benefits include:
Gastrointestinal relief – the phenolic compound in ginger have been shown to relieve gastrointestinal irritation.
Cell death in Colorectal Cancer, lymphoma, hepatoma, breast cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer, and bladder cancer. – Studies have shown that ginger and its parts have the ability to induce apoptosis, cause cell-cycle arrest, decrease proliferation, and suppress activator protein.
Nausea and vomiting – Ginger is known for helping nausea and clinical studies have shown that it helps with chemotherapy, when used with other anti-nausea medications. It has in the past helped with post- surgery nausea, nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
Muscle pain from physical activity – Ginger is known to help relieve the pain in muscles because of its anti-inflammatory results.
Osteoarthritis – Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory in ginger has shown the reduction in pain from the anti-inflammatory, but not more so that ibuprofen.
Anti-diabetic – Studies have also shown reduced significantly lowered blood glucose, serum total cholesterol, LDL, VLDL, and triglycerides in rats. It also showed reduced levels of insulin, body weights and cholesterol.
Ginger can have some side effects as shown in studies at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.