Ginger - Glossary


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.

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Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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