Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardamom and galangal. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness. It may reduce muscle pain and soreness; improve heart disease risk factors and it can improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.