Officially known as Zingiber officinale. Although the edible part is often called a “root” – it’s actually a rhizome, or underground stem. Ginger has both culinary and medicinal uses. The rhizome contains essential oils and bioactive components called “gingerols” and “shogaols” that have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-tumor effects. Ginger is an effective treatment for nausea, as well as a mild thermogenic…which is why it’s frequently added to fat loss supplements. Other potential health benefits include improved glucose control + serum cholesterol/blood lipid levels.