Ginger Root May Reduce Inflammation, Improve Colon Health

Besides being a relatively effective treatment for an upset stomach, herbal supplements containing ginger root may be good for the colon, too. Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School concluded as much after conducting an investigation into the merits of consuming the substance.

The team began by giving volunteers two grams of either ginger root or a placebo for a period of 28 days. After the test period, scientists measured blood samples for indicators of colon inflammation.

Participants who took ginger root extract experienced a 4 to 6 percent decrease in their levels of inflammation-related bloodborne molecules. Researchers concluded that when taken in appropriate doses, the root may be beneficial for colon health.

“On the basis of these results, it seems that ginger has the potential to decrease [inflammation],” the team wrote. “Ginger also seemed to be tolerable and safe.”

Prior studies have shown that ginger root extract may also prevent nausea caused by motion sickness, pregnancy or certain pharmaceuticals, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Taking dietary supplements containing ginger may also contribute to better joint health, although research on this subject is ongoing, the source adds.