Ginger has many known and well-documented health benefits, It is used to treat wide range of physiological conditions.
Ginger has a long history of medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Some of the key health benefits are outlined below.
Gingerols have shown anti-inflammatory potential by decreasing the expression level of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and TNF-α.
Anti-tumorigenic effects of gingerols have been known to be exerted by the induction of apoptosis of tumor cells.
Gingerols has also been reported to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients from food and other health supplements. Gingerols have also been reported to enhance the bioavailability of several nutraceutical compounds such as vitamins A, E, C, Folic acid, b-carotene, silymarin, isoleucine, zinc, potassium and curcumin.
Ginger extract has substantial antioxidant activity as explored in various in vitro and in vivo test systems. In various antioxidants assays, gingerols exhibited substantial scavenging activities against DPPH, hydroxyl and superoxide radicals; and also inhibited reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in human.
Ginger and its biologically active compounds are effective in controlling and inhibiting the extent of colon, gastric, ovarian, liver and skin cancers. Some recent works related to anticancer properties are been presented in Table 1. Consumption of ginger allows recovery and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy on human body.
Consumption of ginger and its product assist in reducing indigestion, constipation and ulcers.
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