Ginger is one of the spices that are widely used as cooking spices. Not only in cooking, ginger is also widely used as the main ingredient in hot drink dishes, for example only ginger, sekoteng, until ginger milk. In addition, ginger is also often used as traditional medicine. Not only the usual ginger that you often find on the market, red ginger is often used as medicine.
What is red ginger?
Red ginger is one of the families of ginger, but has different characteristics with other ginger. Red ginger or Zingiber officinale var. rubrum has a reddish skin with a pink to yellow inside, in contrast to ordinary ginger. The size of red ginger is also smaller than the usual ginger. Not only that, the content and taste are different. This type of ginger has a more bitter and spicy flavor than ginger usually.
Red ginger is found growing in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. Many people use ginger as a traditional medicine to cure various diseases. The content in ginger is very much, like gingerol, flavonoids, antibacterial agents, anti-inflammatory agents, and others, can have a positive impact on health.
What are the benefits of red ginger for health?
The content of many active ingredients in red ginger makes red ginger can provide health benefits for you. Some of the benefits of red ginger are:
Prevent digestive problems
Red ginger oil extract can protect your digestive system from bacteria, thus preventing you from digestive problems, such as stomach aches. Antibacterial agents in ginger can fight bad bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella enteriditis, and Staphylococcus aureus.
When added to food, ginger can be used as a natural preservative and can prevent you from food poisoning due to bacteria. Not only that, the warmth given by ginger can also calm your digestion. The warmth given by ginger is also widely used to treat colds and colds.
Helps overcome muscle inflammation
Various ingredients in ginger can act as an anti-inflammatory that can help you fight acute and chronic inflammation. Active components in ginger, such as gingerol, gingerdione, and zingeron can inhibit the enzymes cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase.
So that it can reduce leukotrienes and prostaglandins as a trigger for inflammation. Red ginger also contains higher oleoresin than other ginger, where oleoresin can also work as an anti-inflammatory.
Several studies have been conducted to prove the effect of ginger on inflammation. A study conducted on sepak takraw athletes proves that giving ginger extract for 10 days can reduce muscle pain in sepak takraw athletes. Other studies published by the American College of Rheumatology also prove that ginger extract can help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, such as muscle aches.
Helps increase male fertility
Ginger contains antioxidants and has androgenic activity. Thus, in several studies it was found that ginger can increase the amount of testosterone so that it can increase male fertility.
In a study conducted on rats showed that the administration of ginger extract combined with zinc minerals in male albino rats can increase testosterone, sperm count, and sperm quality in rats. Thus, this can improve testicular function in mice. Even so, further research is still needed to strengthen this finding.