Cultures worldwide have hailed ginger for its culinary and therapeutic properties since ancient times. People enjoy and benefit from using the plant's root fresh, dried, and powdered, and many use its extracted essential oils as well. The spice imparts exotic, peppery flavor, and researchers are still uncovering its health-enhancing qualities. The root of ginger's therapeutic benefits is its bevy of powerful bioactive compounds called phenols. These phytochemicals possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties scientifically shown to help prevent or reduce symptoms of many common ailments.
Asthma is a condition of chronic inflammation of the airways. A 2019 study by the Mazandaran University of Medical Science in Iran demonstrated that ginger extract could control asthma and reduce its severity by influencing the primary cells involved in asthma symptoms. Earlier research found that gingerols and shogaol promote relaxation of smooth muscle in the airways.
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