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Ginger: Recent Health Benefits Reviewed

May 19, 2012

Radioprotective Properties

The phytochemicals dehydrogingerone and zingerone present in ginger are shown to protect against radiation-induced sickness and mortality in an animal model. Ginger components have free radical scavenging, antioxidant affects, and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, studies have also shown that zingerone selectively protects the normal tissues against the tumoricidal effects of radiation. This review by Baliga et al, for the first time summarizes the results related to the radioprotective properties and also emphasizes the aspects that warrant future research to establish its activity and utility as a radioprotective agent.

Review of Ginger Health Benefits

A review by Ann M. Bode and Zigang Dong evaluate the health properties of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and its components. Ginger has been shown, in many studies, to have Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties.

Amongst other benefits, Ginger has been shown to have anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits.

In a separate review by Kubra et al Ginger health benefits were reviewed. More than 100 compounds have been reported from ginger, some of which are isolated and characterized, others are tentatively identified by GC-MS and / or LC-MS. [6]-Gingerol, the major gingerol in ginger rhizomes, has been found to possess many interesting pharmacological and physiological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and heart protecting effects.

Ginger is a key component of the Natural Health Drinks: CALM&RELAX, SLIM&FIT and UP&GO.

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