Ginger – The Super Spice with Amazing Health Benefits

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Ginger is a leafy plant with yellowish green flowers that is famous for its root system which is commonly used as a spice. Known by the botanical name Zingiber officinale, ginger (or ginger root as it is sometimes called) is believed to have originated in the tropical regions of China, India and Japan. It is also grown in Australia, Africa, South American and the Caribbean.

Ginger has a distinct flavor, fragrance and potency which makes it a very popular ingredient in recipes. It’s very versatile too. In addition to its natural state, it can be obtained in other forms, such as: dried, powdered, pickled, crushed, candied, as a paste, an oil or juice. It can also be stored for long periods of time.

The unique aroma of this spice comes from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have proven to deliver amazing health benefits.

Scientific research has credited plants of the ginger family with having therapeutic and preventive powers and has even reported evidence of anti-cancer activity.