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Updated on January 27, 2010

A perennial plant. It has a thick tuberous rhizomes. It is good as flavoring agent in foods. It has an aromatic odor and pungent taste. Its fleshy rhizomes can be harvested before the end of the year. The rhizomes is yellow, white or red in color with brownish skin either thick or thin.

Ginger is used as additional ingredients in the preparation of breads, cakes, puddings, desserts and pies. It is popular seasoning in the preparation of a selected menu. Ginger roots is the rhizome of the plant which is subterranean stem than the root.

The health benefits of ginger are the following:

It has an ameliorating effect on digestive ailments. It helps digest fatty foods and break down protein. Excellent for reducing gas. It relieves nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness. It can reduce inflammation like arthritis and ulcerative colitis. It helps to knock fever. Stimulate circulation of the blood. Help blood clot from forming. It becomes a natural decongestant for colds.

It can lower LDL cholesterol. It is good as carminative substance to eliminate intestinal gas or spasmolytic that relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. Gingerols can inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Ginger tea helps rid them of menstrual cramps. It is a mood enhancer. It has a potent anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties.

It has an anti-emetic properties to aid in treating nausea. It is helpful in preventing vomiting due to motion sickness either in the sea or land trip. It has volatile oil. It has compound properties of terpenoids, zingiberene and bisabolene and gingerols. Its aromatic odors is the result of the presence of volatile oil and gingerols.

Good in the treatment of vertigo, colic and rheumatic complaints. Good in digestive aid promoting the secretion of saliva and gastric juices increasing the action of peristalsis in the skin. It relieves flatulence and belching. The compound in the oil can relieve coughing. It has an analgesic and fever-reducing properties.

It controls the risk of the formation of blood clotting. It inhibits the clumping of human platelets. It has a compound of labdane, diterpenoid, a good inhibitor on blood clots. Ginger rhizomes contains 20 phenolic compounds known as gingerols and drarylheptanoids. Phenolic compound are potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory activity. The presence of curcumin, an anti-oxidant that inhibit various cancers.


Excessive consumption may interfere with cardiac, anti-diabetic and anti-coagulant therapy. Avoid using ginger if you have gallbladder disease.


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