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Origin and history of ginger


If you ever want a fresh piece of ginger (Zingiber officinale) has bitten, who knows what the tuber has in it. It's not just the tongue that burns. The cheeks turn red, the nose runs and a feeling of warmth floods the body. Confucius already appreciated the hot tuber and is said to have seasoned all his dishes with it. Today, ginger is known worldwide as a spice and is particularly popular in the kitchens of its tropical cultivation areas. However, there is much more to it than a refreshingly hot taste. That is why ginger has been an integral part of traditional medicine in China and India for more than 2500 years and is used for rheumatic complaints, nausea, stomach ache, headaches and colds.



Ginger - miracle bulb against pain

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The main components of ginger are the pungent substances gingerols and zingerones. These are not only responsible for the pungent taste, but also for the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of ginger.


Gingerols are chemically similar to acetylsalicylic acid (found in aspirin) and inhibit the same enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (1). This explains the analgesic effect of ginger. The key advantage of ginger is that it does not cause stomach problems compared to other typical pain relievers. The positive effect of ginger on joint health has been proven in more than 100 studies.



Ginger - helps in cures

Ginger stimulates the metabolism and thus supports the biotransformation of the body. Ginger warms the entire organism, which also increases the temperature in the liver. This has a positive effect on the liver and bile metabolism. Thus, the liver is supported (4). The antioxidant properties of ginger help neutralize free radicals that are produced during various metabolic processes. Ginger is also important for good digestion as it increases the activity of digestive enzymes. Ginger also has antispasmodic and flatulent properties and can soothe the stomach and intestines.



Ginger reduces pain associated with joint problems

In one study, 75 patients suffering from joint problems in their knees or hips were given either ginger extract or ibuprofen for 3 weeks. There is a significant improvement in both groups. In contrast to the ibuprofen group, no side effects were found in the ginger group (3).

In another study, 46 patients took ginger powder. More than three quarters of the study participants reported less pain. In addition, the ginger supports the swelling of the inflamed, painful joints.

The positive effect of ginger on joint health has also been proven by many other studies.


Which AgilNature® products contain ginger?

Product milligram * NRV
DetoxAgil 16.67 mg per capsule **


*Nutrient Reference Value = Percentage of the reference value according to Annex XIII of the Food Information Regulation (EG) No. 1169/2011.** No recommendation available.



  2. Monograph Ginger; Alternative Medicine Review, Volume 8, Number 3 (2003)
  3. Bliddal H et al.: A randomized, placebo-controlled crossover study of ginger extracts and ibuprofen in osteoarthiritis. Osteoarthiritis Cartilage 2000; 8:9-12
  4. Heidböhmer E: Healthy with ginger 2009, 4th Edition: 69
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