- Supports digestive health and gastrointestinal comfort.
- Helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Promotes joint and tissue comfort.
Ginger is the underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber, which is found in southern China, India, Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Used all over the world for it's rich spicy flavor, the important active health-related components of ginger root are gingerols and shogaols.
Ginger root is most commonly known for its positive effects on gastrointestinal comfort. Ginger has shown to act by stimulating the intestines and promoting the production of saliva, digestive juices, and bile. This action lessens intestinal wall irritation and helps food move through more smoothly and comfortably.
Ginger is thought to support cardiovascular health by boosting the pumping action of the heart and making blood platelets less sticky and less likely to aggregate.
Ginger has also shown promise with regard to joint and other tissue comfort.
- If you're currently being treated with coumadin or other blood-thinning agents, it is recommended to avoid large doses of ginger and consult a health care practitioner.
- If you are currently being treated for gall stones, ginger is not recommended without the consent of your health care professional.
- If you are currently pregnant, consult your health care practitioner before beginning to take ginger.