There are 115 different chemical components in ginger -- but the therapeutic benefits only come from one source....the gingerols! Now gingerols are an oily resin in the root that act as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially gingerol have been thoroughly evaluated clinically and the research backs up why you should be using ginger on a regular basis!!
It contains several volatile oils that give it it's characteristic flavor and odor: zingerone & shogaols. Along with the gingerols, these oils are highly potent antifungal, anti-parasitic & anti-bacterial agents. In addition, in inhibits cancer cell formation while firing up our body's own inborn ability to destroy the cancer cells that are already present. Ginger is classified as a carminative (reducing intestinal gas) and an intestinal spasmolytic (soothes intestinal tract). Additionally, it helps aid in the production of bile, making it particularly helpful in digesting fats. It helps against stroke, heart disease, indigestion, nausea, cholesterol, dyspepsia, bloat, constipation, circulation and many other gastro-intestinal disorders. Ginger is also largely responsible for a strong immune system. It can help breakdown the accumulation of toxins in the organs, cleanse the lymphatic system and is a blood thinner as well. Stomach ulcers & GERD can be helped with ginger too. It improves diabetes & insulin sensitivity. It can help to fight cancer and the pain & stiffness from arthritis and all it's 'cousins'
This pretty root is also very high in potassium which aids in electrical energy production and detoxification. It is a great source of manganese which protects the lining of the heart blood vessels and urinary tract. Ginger contains silicon which enhances skin, hair, teeth & nails. It helps assimilate calcium and reduces inflammation in the bone tissue aiding the development of strong bones & teeth!!
Ginger is a great supporting player in herbal teas as it combines well with many herbs. It improves the taste & potency as it helps to speed up the delivery system of healthy plant chemicals into the blood stream.
Studies have shown that ginger is more effective cancer treatment than chemo in killing cancer cells while leaving the healthy ones alone. It's anti-inflammatory properties might also help prevent the progression of precancerous cells to cancer.
Any form of this incredible spice/food/herb is great to use...raw, dried, powder or as an essential oil.