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Ginger Education

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National Library of Medicine:
National Center for Biotechnology Information
(Ginger Root)

"Ginger root is a plant-based, whole food spice used in the personal or professional treatment of various conditions, ranging from gastrointestinal upsets to cancer. It originates from the root of the Zingiber officinale plant. This activity reviews the history, nutritional properties, health benefits, mechanism of action, potential side effects, and the role of ginger root as a valuable agent in lifestyle medicine.


Ginger root is a member of the family of roots consisting of turmeric and cardamom. There are over 1300 different species of ginger root plants. Its strong aroma and taste are due to ketones called gingerols, a primary component of the root. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, micronutrients like magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, fiber, and water. It is also high in phytochemicals and polyphenols.


Studies have shown ginger’s promising preventative properties against chronic diseases, such as hypertension and CHD, as well as its contribution to the overall improvement of immune system action. One study showed increasing ginger intake by 1g per day based on a proper diet could provide such preventative benefits. There is evidence for its health benefits as an antibacterial/viral agent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agent, antinausea compound, and anticancer agent.",could%20provide%20such%20preventative%20benefits

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John Hopkins Medicine:
Ginger Benefits


"Ginger is not just delicious. Gingerol, a natural component of ginger root, benefits gastrointestinal motility ― the rate at which food exits the stomach and continues along the digestive process. Eating ginger encourages efficient digestion, so food doesn’t linger as long in the gut."

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Medical News Today

Ginger: Uses, benefits, and nutrition

"Ginger may help relieve nausea and vomiting and aid digestion Antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger root may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection. Ginger may also reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems.


In this article, learn more about these and other possible health benefits of ginger, and the research behind them."

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Mount Sinai:

"Ginger, the "root" or the rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale, has been a popular spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years. It has a long history of use in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. In China, for example, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea, and heart conditions.


It has been used to help treat the common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.


Ginger is native to Asia where it has been used as a cooking spice for at least 4,400 years."

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