ginger extract

Irritants , Anti-Irritants , Plant Extracts

Extract from a plant in the Zingiberacae family that has research showing it has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic activity when taken orally and when applied to skin. [1,2,3] When applied topically, however, the oil can be a skin irritant due to the fragrance compounds it contains.

References Cited:

  1. Murakami A, Takahashi D, Kinoshita T, Koshimizu K, Kim H, Yoshihiro A, Nakamura Y, Jiwajinda S, Terao J, Ohigashi H. Zerumbone, a Southeast Asian ginger sesquiterpene, markedly suppresses free radical generation, proinflammatory protein production, and cancer cell proliferation accompanied by apoptosis: the alpha,beta-unsaturated carbonyl group is a prerequisite. Carcinogenesis. 2002;23(5):795-802.
  2. Surh Y. Anti-tumor promoting potential of selected spice ingredients with antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities: a short review. Food Chem Toxicol. 2002;40(8):1097-7.
  3. Minghetti P, Sosa S, Cilurzo F, Casiraghi A, Alberti E, Tubaro A, Loggia R, Montanari L. Evaluation of the topical anti-inflammatory activity of ginger dry extracts from solutions and plasters. Planta Med. 2007;73(15):1525-30.

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