History 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
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