Ginger powder Origin: China
Derived from the horizontal stem of the plant Zingiber officinale, ginger is an herb commonly eaten raw or cooked. It is used to add spice to a wide spectrum of cultural cuisines, including such Western favorites as ginger ale and ginger snaps. Containing more than 50 types of antioxidants, ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for several thousand years and is recognized in athletics as a natural alternative to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Ginger contains antioxidant compounds called gingerols that, like NSAIDs, block the enzymatic action of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) responsible for the production of inflammation-inducing prostaglandins. Ginger also reduces the body’s production of proinflammatory chemicals called cytokines while desensitizing a type of pain receptor found in peripheral nerves known as TRPV1.