Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in Southeast Asia. It’s among the healthiest spices on the planet. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and it’s closely related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes.
Gingerol is responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties. Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. For instance, it may help reduce oxidative stress, which is the result of having an excess amount of free radicals in the body.