Nutritional Supplements Library
What is ginger?
Ginger or ginger root is not really a root at all. It is a (rhizome) underground stem of the perennial herb Zingiber Officionale. Originating in southern China, cultivation of ginger spread to India, Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Folk medicine has recommended ginger to treat a number of health problems including abdominal bloating, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and rheumatism.
Ginger contains approximately 1-4% volatile oils. These active constituents are believed to be responsible for ginger's medicinal effects as well as its characteristic odor and taste. The aromatic constituents in ginger include zingiberene and bisabolene, while the pungent constituents are known as gingerols and shogaols. It is these later constituents, gingerol and shogaol, that are most likely responsible for the anti-nausea and anti-vomiting effects of ginger.
What is the effective dosage of ginger supplementation?
Following are the effective dosage of ginger supplementation.
• To treat Indigestion: 2 to 4 grams a day
• To treat motion sickness: 1 gram 30 minutes before travel; for continuing symptoms, 0.5 to 1 gram every 4 hours.
• To prevent vomiting: 0.5 to 2 grams daily
• To treat Arthritis: 1 to 2 grams daily
What are the benefits of ginger supplementation?
• Ginger is an effective treatment for nausea caused by motion sickness or other illness
• It is good for the gastric system because it increases the pH of stomach acid, reducing its acidity, which in turn lowers the rate of gastric secretions, and increasing digestive enzyme activity.
• Some people also use it to enhance mood, Chinese women traditionally eat ginger root during pregnancy to combat morning sickness.
• It has antioxidant effect.
• Ginger water is used to treat heat cramps.
• It alleviates motion sickness and nausea.
• It is used to treat indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
• It also treats pain from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
• It may act as a heart tonic
What are the side effects of ginger supplementation?
Ginger is very safe; there are no side effects of ginger. Excessive doses could potentially interfere with cardiac, anti-diabetic or anti-coagulant (clotting) therapies.
• Some people are allergic to ginger. Generally, this is reported as having a gaseous component. This may take the form of flatulence, or it may take the form of an extreme constriction or tightening in the throat necessitating uncontrollable burping to relieve the pressure. People with gallstone conditions should not take ginger.