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Nutraceutical Potential of Ginger

  • Krishnamoorthy Srinivasan
  • Pratik Adhya
  • Shyam Sunder SharmaEmail author
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Abstract

In recent years, most people throughout the world have become health conscious, and recently countries have even been ranked on the basis of how health conscious their citizens are. According to the 2018 best countries ranking, Sweden is perceived to be the most health conscious country in the world. People throughout the world would like to live healthy lifestyle and do not want any disease that could should create distress in their life. In order to improve their health, people have started consuming food supplements or nutraceuticals which have many health benefits for the prevention of disease. Dietary fibers, probiotics, prebiotics, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), antioxidants, vitamins, polyphenols and spices are all being used as nutraceuticals. Ginger is one such spice used all over the world for culinary purposes and also for its health benefits in both animals and humans. The rich phytochemical composition of ginger makes it effective against a wide spectrum of chronic disorders. Phytoconstituents in ginger provide health benefits not only by modulating various intrinsic antioxidant systems of the body but also by acting as free radical scavengers themselves. The nutraceuticals properties of ginger include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, cardioprotective to chemopreventive, and antidiabetic. In fact, the beneficial effects of ginger have propelled its study in various clinical trials in different countries to test its efficacy in various disease conditions. Even different formulations with a ginger extract or its constituents, like gingerol, are commercially available for improving the health of both humans and animals. In this chapter, we have reviewed evidence of the beneficial effects of ginger as a dietary supplement, together with scientific studies in animals and humans proving its benefits in the improvement of health.

Keywords

Veterinary nutraceuticals Ginger 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishnamoorthy Srinivasan
    • 1
  • Pratik Adhya
    • 1
  • Shyam Sunder Sharma
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyNational Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)MohaliIndia

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