The Importance of Gingerols
Ginger has a long history of use in traditional herbal remedies. Ginger contains natural oils called gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for many of ginger's key benefits including anti-inflammatory support.* Ginger (and gingerols) may also help reduce oxidative stress to prevent damage from free radicals in the body.*1,2 While ginger naturally contains gingerols in its various forms, Nature's Lab Ginger Supreme is standardized to 20% gingerols.
Ginger & Digestive Health
Ginger and its metabolites accumulate in the digestive tract, which make ginger an important herb for digestive health.* Ginger has historically been used for thousands of years as a powerful therapeutic and preventative herb to curb nausea, relieve upset stomachs and support healthy digestion.*3 Ginger has also been studied as an anti-inflammatory agent, which may further support a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*3
Ginger & Inflammatory Health
As mentioned above, ginger has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects, and one of the many health claims attributed to ginger is its potential to support a healthy inflammatory response and counteract joint pain and swelling.*3 Studies conclude that this ability to support inflammatory health is due to the inhibitory effect of gingerols on certain metabolite acids that may negatively impact the body.*3
The Benefits of Turmeric
Like ginger, turmeric is also a member of the Zingiberacea family. Both herbs contain similar compounds that support anti-inflammatory health, digestive health and more.* Use of this ancient herb dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric was well regarded for its anti-inflammatory properties.*
Turmeric contains many plant compounds, but curcuminoids are bioactive compounds within turmeric renowned for their health-promoting benefits.* While the curcuminoids found naturally in turmeric range at about 2%, some products standardize the amount of curcuminoids in their formulations for higher potency. Nature's Lab Ginger Supreme contains 25 mg of turmeric root extract standardized to 95% curcuminoids to support joint health, healthy inflammatory response, digestive health and antioxidant health.*
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