Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger. It has much of the medicinal properties. This compound has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
May Treat Nausea and Morning Sickness
It has a long history as helping with sea sickness and has some evidence of being effective as a prescription medication. It can also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. A study on pregnant women showed it reduced symptoms of nausea.
May Reduce Muscle Pain and Soreness
A study showed that ginger reduced muscle pain. It does not have immediate impact, but may be effective at reducing muscle pain.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects Can Help With Osteoarthritis
People with osteoarthritis of the kneed showed to have less knee pain and required less pain medication. This study was done ginger extract.
Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion
Chronic indigestion is the recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. Ginger was found to reduce the time for the stomach to empty itself.
May Lower Cholesterol Levels
During a study of injecting ginger powder in several individuals, a significant reduction in most cholesterol markers were noticed. Extract was also discovered to lower LDL cholesterol.
Contains a Substance that May Help Prevent Cancer
Raw ginger has 6-gingerol that is considered to have anti-cancer properties. Extract reduced inflammatory signaling molecules in the colon.
May Improve Brain Function and Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Some studies suggest that antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger inhibit inflammatory responses occurring in the brain. Some evidence suggests that ginger can enhance brain function directly. Some animal studies also reveal ginger protecting against a decline in brain function due to age.