Ginger is a herbaceous perennial which grows about a metre tall. A flowering plant, Ginger, has a rhizome called Ginger root or simply Ginger. The plant grows narrow leaves and bear yellow flowers.
Ginger belongs to the same family as turmeric, cardamom and galangal called Zingiberaceae.
Ginger has a powerful antioxidant called gingerol. In a study conducted with 41 people with type 2 Diabetes, intake of 2 gram of ginger powder everyday, lowered their fasting blood glucose levels upto 11%.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the bones and joints. The disease particularly involves the knees, hip and joints of the fingers and toes.
The powerful anti inflammatory properties of ginger remarkably lessen the stiffness and inflammation in affected individuals.
Ginger oil has miraculous analgesic properties and shows a great relief in pain when applied topically.
Gingerol due to its effective anti inflammatory action lessens inflammation of the blood vessels and allows more space for the blood to flow ultimately lowering bloodpressure.
In a study conducted with 150 women, 1 gram of ginger root powder for the first three days of their period, provided similar pain relief as ibuprofen or mefenemic acid.
Ginger has been used in the remedies to treat nausea since ancient times.
Ginger has been found most effective in treating nausea related to pregnancy where 1 -1.5 grams of ginger powder greatly reduced vomiting and the chances of dehydration.
In a study conducted with 45 individuals, 3 grams of ginger root powder had the same effect as the cholesterol lowering drug called Atorvastatin.
Ginger powder also managed to significantly lower LDL cholesterol which is major marker for heart disease.