Aside from its impressive flavor, ginger is well-known for its amazing health benefits. In Asia alone, ginger has already been established as a superstar in traditional medicine. Ginger is known to reduce muscle pain after an extraneous activity. Because of its phytonutrients called gingerols, ginger is geared for its anti-cancer potential. Another well-documented benefit of ginger is it that it improves gastrointestinal disease, cardiovascular disorders, and diabetes. It can also treat various diseases via immunutrition and anti-inflammatory responses.
Recently, it was discovered that ginger also has an effect in the alleviation of joint pains. In the Journal of Medicinal Food, Grzanna et al. (2005) published the first evidence the ability of ginger to modulate biochemical pathways involved in the activation of chronic inflammation. Their discovery then paved the way for another study that dealt with the comparison of ginger activity to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). As expected, ginger has a better therapeutic profile and has fewer side effects. Furthermore, it was also found out that some compounds found in ginger inhibit some genes that contribute to inflammation, especially in the joints.