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Ginger and Airway Anti-Viral Benefits

November 11, 2012

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a spice used widely as a medicinal plant in India and China. Ginger, in medicinal herbal mixes, has been used against human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV).  It is suggested that Ginger has antiviral activity.

In a study by Chang et al, they tested the hypothesis that ginger can effectively decrease HRSV-induced plaque formation in respiratory mucosal cell lines.

The investigators showed that fresh ginger inhibited HRSV-induced plaque formation.

In conclusion, fresh ginger seems to be effective against HRSV-induced plaque formation on airway epithelium by blocking viral attachment and internalization.  Ginger is a key component of the InnOrbit infusions in in the The Wise Herb Company range.

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