Ginger extract 20% | Zingiber officinale

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Ginger is a spice known all over the world. Apart from wonderful taste, it has multiple health properties. First of all, it can be used for warming effects and to regulate the appetite as well as the digestive system. Besides that, it has a proven beneficial effect on the immune system and helps to stay fit. Ginger positively influences general mood and can even improve cognitive performance.

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Ginger extract 20% | Zingiber officinale

Properties: Ginger is perhaps best known as a spice. Indeed, it is an important ingredient of many popular recipes: from spicy Indian curry, through Japanese sushi, all the way to British ginger beer. However, its distinctive taste might not be the only reason to consume this root. At the end of the day, ginger has quite a lot of other interesting properties. 

Nevertheless, let us begin with food. Who doesn’t like to eat, after all? Unfortunately, there is a downside to this pleasure. Sometimes our appetite becomes a bit excessive (in some cases uncontrolled) and we gain some extra pounds. There is a way, however, to prevent this course of events. As it turns out, ginger is a natural resource that can help us with reducing our appetite! Its active compounds are able to regulate the blood glucose level. In this way, they prevent sudden change of glucose level that are the main reason for our tendency to overeat. Interestingly, when we add ginger to our meal or supplement the extract right before mealtime, we should feel satiated sooner. Thus, this spicy root prevents sudden strikes of hunger and helps us to eat in smaller amounts. But what about these extra pounds we already have? Let’s see.

By eating ginger we start to feel warmer. How does that happen? Simply speaking, the active compounds contained in the root of ginger boost metabolism. What is more, they persuade the organism to gain more energy by burning the fat tissue. In sum, we experience less hunger strikes, our meals get a little smaller, and our undesired pounds start to diminish. But there is still more! If we decide to work out, the effects should be greatly improved. As it turns out, ginger stimulates the production of testosterone – a natural anabolic, actually important for both main genders. Basically, it increases the development of muscle mass. Importantly, it also has analgesic properties – in case we overdo a little with our workout, the sore muscles won’t bother us too much.

There might have been a situation when someone offered you ginger tea claiming that it will warm you up and help to get rid of the common cold much quicker. It certainly will but not because of the heating effect that we described. Firstly, ginger limits the proliferation of fungi, bacteria and viruses that are the main cause of infections. Secondly, it has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. These two combined are much more effective in fighting the cold than the warming effect alone.

We could spend another page or two describing the beneficial properties of ginger. For instance, it lowers the blood cholesterol level, improves the condition of joints, and prevents motion sickness. Moreover, multiple research studies prove that it has a positive impact on our cognitive performance. And that’s not all!

Occurrence: Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a perennial plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. Nowadays, it doesn’t grow in the wild, but is cultivated in many countries, especially in India (the country in charge of 32% of global ginger production). This plant most likely comes from Indonesia and resembles a cane. It creates leafy shoots that reach a height of 1 m and slightly shorter leafless flower shoots. The ginger flowers are gathered in spikes. Before flowering they resemble cones. Ginger plant is characterized by the underground part of the shoot which forms the edible rhizome, divided into bulbous sections with a light yellow, fibrous interior. This rhizome is valued for its health properties and taste.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using ginger for millennia. Its outstanding properties were described in the second volume of “Shennong Bencao Jing”, Chinese medicine textbook written most likely in 2700 BCE. Already then, Chinese herbalists knew that ginger has a warming effect, works well as an analgesic and antiseptic, and is able to stimulate digestion. Ayurveda, traditional Hindu medicine, has applied ginger to soothe many ailments, among others: indigestion, bloating, nausea, respiratory infections as well as arthritis. Ginger was brought to Europe by the Phoenicians – the nation of the greatest merchants and sailors of antiquity thanks to which it’s been used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The ginger’s power of “warming up a chilled stomach and supporting digestion” was described in 1640 by the English herb researcher John Parkinson in “Theatrum Botanicum”.

Biochemistry: The substance to which the ginger rhizome owes its properties is primarily the essential oil responsible for the distinctive aroma – the oil contains high amounts of zingiberene. The oil also includes other sesquiterpenes (curcumen, bisabolene), monoterpene hydrocarbons (borneol, limonene, geraniol), aldehydes (gingerols, shogaol, zingerone) and zingiberol – the main fragrance carrier. In addition, the ginger rhizome contains: lipids, amino acids, organic acids, lecithin, starch as well as micro and macro elements (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc).

Fun fact: Nowadays, common ginger does not grow in the wild. Instead, it is cultivated. Some sources state that it is even one of the oldest cultivated plants on this planet. The history of ginger plantation might be as old as 5000 years and probably begins in Indonesia. Moreover, ginger is one of the first spices exported from South-East Asia.

How does Ginger extract 20% | Zingiber officinale work?

Supports the immune system: Ginger is known mainly for its anti-inflammatory properties. Modern research supports the claims of ancient herbalists and slowly discovers the mechanism of the immunity-inducing effects that are in some ways similar to the functioning of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). On top of that, active compounds found in  Zingiber officinale are able to limit the proliferation of some viruses, including rhinoviruses responsible for cold, as well as bacteria and fungi. Not only it helps to combat pathogens, but also prevents excessive amounts of inflammation. All these effects combined make ginger one of the most effective herbal resources that strengthen the immune system.

Helps to regulate body weight: Ginger is an ally to all those who want to lose some extra pounds. Research results demonstrate that when supplemented with meals, ginger extract significantly reduces appetite, which helps to consume smaller meals. What is more, it helps to burn fat tissue that has already built up. It has been proven that it accelerates metabolism and increases the usage of fats as energy resources. This mechanism benefits not only our figure, but more importantly – our health. As it turns out, ginger stimulates the transformation of cholesterol, especially its “adverse” fraction LDL, into bile acids. Besides that, ginger helps to normalize the blood glucose level. Thereby, it prevents sudden changes of sugar level that are the main cause of uncontrolled strikes of hunger. In this way, it helps us to stick to regular mealtimes. 

Improves cognitive performance: Ginger has beneficial effects in the intellectual sphere. The results of multiple research studies confirmed that supplementation with this plant improves the functioning of our cognitive faculties. In one of the tests, volunteers who used ginger extract for a few weeks exhibited better memory capacities, faster and more precise decision making, and shorter reaction time. On top of that, Z. officinale extract exhibits neuroprotective properties. It prevents damaging of cellular structures due to transient ischemia. Last but not least, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties limit the spread of inflammation and neutralize free radicals helping to keep the whole nervous system in good condition.

Promotes good mood: Results of research studies show that the extract of ginger benefits our psychological well-being. This is because its active compounds are agonists for one type of serotonin receptors. Therefore, they stimulate serotonin activity in the brain. This neurotransmitter is often called the “happiness hormone” because its balanced activity is crucial to achieve a state of good mood and psychological comfort. The ability of ginger to relieve pain is also quite important. It is probably the effect of its anti-inflammatory properties combined with the ability to stimulate serotonin receptors. It is a well established fact that the level of serotonin influences the perception of pain. All these effects make ginger a recommended supplement for those who want to maintain a positive attitude and emotional balance.

Ginger extract 20% | Zingiber officinale product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract from the root of Zingiber officinale (>20% of gingerols)
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.10 ml ~ 75 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Ginger extract 20% | Zingiber officinale?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 100 – 200 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 2
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 2 weeks of using – 1 weeks of break

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