Herbs of Asia

Black Ginger – Kaempferia parviflora

Kaempferia parviflora - Black Ginger

A Natural Way to Improve Overall Health and Wellness

Black Ginger (Kaempferia parviflora) belongs to the family Zingiberaceae and its rhizome is being used as a folk medicine for many centuries. It is mostly found in the tropical areas of Thailand, Borneo Island, Sumatra, and Malaysia. Different pharmacological studies have revealed its aphrodisiac, anti-obesity activities, cardioprotective, anti-peptic ulcer, anticancer, antimicrobial, anticholinesterase, anti-depressive, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties.

Appearance and Properties of Black Ginger

The color of the Black Ginger is dark than the traditional ginger, but the external looks of both gingers are the same. However, internal portions of Black Gingers have deep purple color. Black Ginger can be consumed in encapsulated, liquid, and powdered forms, and generally its powder is used as a flavor enhancer in many dishes. Its extracts are also available in the markets as supplements and are being provided in the blended form with other herbs, honey, and medicinal liquor along with honey.

Health and Wellness Regulating Properties

Black Ginger is a health-improving herb that improves overall health and wellness by regulating anticancer activities, sexual enhancing activities, cellular metabolism-regulating activities, vascular relaxation activities, cardioprotective and neuroprotective activities, anti-microorganism activities, antiosteoarthritis activities, and transdermal permeable activities. These activities are associated with increased mitochondrial functioning and improved signaling. All these protective effects are greatly attributed to the presence of phytochemical components such as phenolic glycosides, flavanol glycosides, flavones, and β-sitosterol myristate.

Energy Level Booster

Regular and appropriate use of Black Ginger significantly improves energy levels and reduces fatigue. The enzymes found in the Black Ginger cause improved glucose metabolism and thus protect consumers from various health concerns and disorders. This improved metabolism is directly related to weight loss, lowering body fats, and improving muscle tones. The combined effects of metabolic improvements and antioxidants help to improve stamina and endurance.

Anti-inflammatory Effects

The anti-inflammatory effects of Black Ginger help to reduce inflammatory responses and thus ease chronic pain. Moreover, Black Ginger also offers significantly beneficial effects to reduce morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea. Some scientific studies have also reported that Black Ginger is a complete superfood and helps brain protection and also aids to heal from effects associated with cancer treatments.

Improved Sexual Health

Traditionally this herb has been used for the treatment of various sexual diseases and to stimulate the sexual performances of both females and males. Black Ginger acts naturally as an inhibitor to Phosphodiesterase5 and this induction of this action is similar as due to chemical compounds in Viagra. The use of its extracts causes stimulation of nitric oxide production and thereby helps in the penile erection and muscular relaxation. Nitric oxide production causes dilation of blood vessels and promotes better blood flow. There are no side effects to using Black Ginger and it is a safer way to improve sexual health and wellness in men.

Optimal Use of Black Ginger

The use of 0.5-1 teaspoon of Black Gingernger powder is reported to improve physical performance in 1-2 hours only. The recommended daily dose of consuming Black Ginger powder varies between 1.2-1.3 grams and generally, health-protective effects have been more evident in the consumption of smaller doses. Moreover, its regular use is also helpful to reduce cognitive impairments and hippocampal neuronal damage due to prolonged and intense stress. It also helps to minimize the chances of memory loss in chronic stressed conditions.

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