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Although it was well-known to the ancient Romans, ginger nearly disappeared in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. Thanks to Marco Polo's trip to the Far East, ginger came back into favor in Europe, becoming not only a much-coveted spice, but also a very expensive one.

Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with the invention of the gingerbread man, which became a popular Christmas treat

Health Benefits of Ginger
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Calcium 6.1mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
Magnesium 9.7mg2%
Phosphorus 7.8mg1%
Potassium 70.5mg2%
Sodium 1.7mg0%
Zinc 0.2mg2%
Copper 0.0mg1%
Manganese 1.4mg70%
Selenium 2.0mcg3%

Vitamin A 7.7IU0%
Vitamin C 0.4mg1%
Vitamin D~ ~
Vitamin E 0.9mg5%
Vitamin K 0.0mcg0%
Thiamin 0.0mg0%
Riboflavin 0.0mg1%
Niacin 0.3mg1%
Vitamin B6 0.0mg2%
Folate 2.0mcg1%
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