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Ginger, what does Science say?

rom the Zingiberaceae family, ginger has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine. It is the rhizome that is used, fresh, dry, whole, in powder or even in essential oil. One of its main active ingredients is gingerol. Ginger has been the subject of numerous studies and just as many scientific publications which have highlighted its probable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger could indeed prevent certain forms of nausea. Studies have shown its inflammatory properties, which would: reduce certain muscle pain, fight against arthritis and also reduce menstrual pain. Its consumption would also reduce the blood sugar content and would have a favorable effect on certain risk factors for heart attack, in particular on the blood cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels which in a study decreased significantly with daily ingestion of ginger. Studies indicate that ginger would facilitate digestion by accelerating the emptying of the stomach. Finally, the consumption of ginger would protect against the decline of certain brain functions, and could thus help to fight against Alzheimer's disease.

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