Ginger has been proven to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger contains numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds beneficial to health such as gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
Ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative-a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas and intestinal spasmolytic -a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production, suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.