This aromatic rhizome is used in Eastern cuisines and has been used medicinally for millennia for digestive disorders. Its complex phytochemistry includes potent anti-inflammatories. Antioxidant, pathogenic compounds in ginger include gingerols, shogaol, and paradols that have been shown to prevent cancer and are effective for treating diseases caused by chronic inflammation like gastritis, hepatitis, and atherosclerosis. (18)
Ginger boosts the immune system through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, inhibiting cytokine expression and preventing oxidative stress. It’s been used to effectively reduce pain and swelling from arthritis and has radioprotective properties, with implications for people who undergo radiation therapy. (19)
Use of ginger is contraindicated under certain conditions; find a discussion of these here.