Is ginger an antioxidant?

Author: Corinne Bett   Date Posted:24 September 2015 

When most of us think of ginger, we think of a herb for the relief of nausea, travel sickness, and to improve our circulation. But did you know that Ginger is also a powerful Antioxidant?

Traditionally it has been used for centuries to preserve meals throughout Asia, and this can be attributed to the antioxidant activity of the herb. In the same way Ginger can be used to preserve food, Ginger may have an antioxidant activity on the body, and can help to preserve our good health.

The antioxidant activity of ginger is thought to be as the result of the activity of its essential oils, and active plant chemicals, gingerols and shogaols. In various studies, Ginger has been shown to reduce the activity of free radicals and pro-oxidant substances in test tubes, and in the body, such as superoxide radicals and xanthine oxidase. This antioxidant activity can also be associated with strong anti-inflammatory effects in the body as well.

This means less damage to cells in your body by free radicals, and a healthier you. Include ginger in your cooking and diet, or take ginger supplement, to enjoy the benefits of this powerful antioxidant and help maintain your good health.

Written by Corinne Bett

Corinne spent her childhood helping her mother and grandfather in the garden grow various herbs and vegetables. This sparked a great interest in herbal medicine and nutrition in later life, and a passion for a wholefood diet. As a Naturopath today, she likes to empower others to utilise food as medicine, and live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In her spare time she like to spend time in nature bushwalking and swimming, adventuring in far and exotic places, and dreaming about what kind of dog she might like to have one day.