Ginger - the ultimate anti-viral turbo charged super food from the Prophetic Medicine.
Ginger is the ultimate super food. My affinity for ginger is due to its miraculous healing capabilities and the complete warmth my body feels when I consume it. There has rarely been a patient that I haven't stressed the importance of this spice to. We all can benefit from its natural properties, as it has the ultimate warmth (Yang) nature to heal.
Ginger has impressive anti-viral activity thanks to its high concentration of potent plant compounds. Research demonstrates that ginger extract has anti-viral effects against avian influenza (strains of the influenza virus that primarily infect birds, but can also infect humans), respiratory syncytial virus (a virus that causes respiratory tract infections), and feline calicivirus (FCV), which is comparable to human norovirus.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Additionally, specific compounds in ginger, such as gingerols and zingerone, have been found to inhibit viral replication and prevent viruses from entering host cells.
Ginger has strong anti-bacterial and to some extent anti-fungal properties. The ginger extract has antimicrobial action at levels equivalent to 2000 mg/ ml of the spice. Ginger inhibits aspergillus, a fungus known for production of aflatoxin, a carcinogen.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. Some of the hundreds of Candida species can cause infection in humans; the most common is Candida albicans. Candidiasis in the vagina is commonly referred to as a “yeast infection”. In addition to the therapeutic uses based on its antimicrobial properties, ginger has been widely applied in meat preservation and prevention of lipid rancidity. In many tropical countries, ginger is used to preserve foods that spoil easily such as fruits and meats. These are all based on the antimicrobial effects of ginger.