It can help lower LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. The beneficial part of ginger exists in the root of the plant also known as rhizomes. Other types of ginger include juice, candy, root, powder. In China and India, ginger was used to cook with.
Ginger extract has long been used in traditional medical practices to reduce inflammation. And there is some evidence that ginger may help reduce pain from osteoarthritis. In a study of 261 people with Osteoarthritis of the knee, those who took a ginger extract twice daily had less pain and needed fewer pain killing medications than those who received placebo. And yet another study found that ginger was no better than ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or placebo in reducing symptoms of Osteoarthritis. It may take several weeks to see any effect. A few preliminary studies suggest that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood from clotting. That can be helpful in treating heart disease, where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack or stroke. But more studies are needed to know whether ginger is safe or effective for heart disease. Laboratory studies have found that some substances in ginger may kill cancer cells in test tubes. More research is needed to know if ginger would have the same results in humans.