The scientific name for Ginger is Zingiber Officinale. Belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, this root is closely related to turmeric and galangal. Exhibiting great diversity in uses, such as drinks (teas, ginger ales), cooked foods, jams, biscuits and sweets. The medicinal purposes of ginger are just as diverse. Read below for information on how ginger can be used to alleviate a variety of health problems.
Ginger is one of the richest sources of antioxidants. The rich phytochemistry includes components such as gingerol producing ‘good’ radical scavenging effects.
It has been discovered that ginger reduces biochemical pathways that have been activated by chronic inflammation. This is due to the phytochemicals it contains, sharing pharmacological properties of nonsteroidal drugs.
Natural Anti-histamine –
Ginger has been proven to be a natural anti-histamine and can be used to alleviate symptoms of allergies.
Gastric dis-ease –
Ginger has been proven to relieve bloating, dyspepsia (heartburn), ulcers and other gastrointestinal ailments. Through inhibiting the growth of Helicobacter pylori and other bacteria. It has been established that this wonder herb has calmanitive and analgesic effects aswell.
The hypoglycemic properties of ginger have been established through invitro and invivo studies. It was found that the plasma glucose level of diabetic rats reduced by 68%. It has been reported that this anti-diabetic potential is due to the inhibition of glucose diffusion and by reducing the glycation of proteins.
The gingerol properties contained in ginger have been reported to have antimicrobial, antibacterial and even antibiotic properties. Which is able to inhibit the growth of E. Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus. With similar effects to conventional antibiotics. With the ability todestroy and inhibit the growth of pathogens.
** Inhibit: stop, reduce, prevent, hinder.
*** Disclaimer: In no way does the information above aim to supersede the advice from your GP.
**** Please contact a health professional for advice pertaining to your health.