This article is an excerpt from Dr. Leo Galland.
Fragrant herbs and spices such as ginger are some of the most powerful weapons we have to help combat inflammation from a nutritional perspective.
Inflammation causes or contributes to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and many types of cancer, as I wrote in a recent review that appeared in Nutrition in Clinical Practice.
Aromatic ginger is a superstar of traditional medicine in Asia, where it has been treasured for thousands of years for its amazing flavors and impressive health benefits.
Ginger Used as Painkiller for Arthritis
Ginger contains dozens of the most potent inflammation fighting substances known, phytonutrients called gingerols.
Japanese researchers writing in the Journal of Medicinal Food explain that red ginger (Zingiber officinale var. Rubra) is used in Indonesian traditional medicine as a painkiller for arthritis.
Learn more about fighting pain and inflammation in my article: Natural Anti- Inflammatory Foods and Supplements That Help Arthritis
Ginger Fights Inflammation Like Common NSAID’s
In research done over the past 30 years, science has found support for the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, according to a review published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The authors note that one early study compared the medicinal potential of ginger to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Common examples of NSAID’s include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and aspirin. It found that ginger, like the NSAID’s, inhibits the enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2. (Cox 1 and 2).
Further discoveries revealed that an extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale) inhibits several genes that contribute to inflammation.
More Health Benefits of Ginger
As I explain in my book “Power Healing,” ginger contains over four hundred chemically active ingredients and has been used traditionally for digestive complaints. It may protect the stomach from ulcers and has a wide range of parasite-fighting abilities.
Studies indicate that ginger may be helpful for nausea, and migraine headaches.
Get more info on ginger, including traditional uses, resources and more: Ginger — Know What Herbs Do What