Ginger has been used for thousands of years. Not only because of the specific taste but also because ginger has medicinal purposes. Modern scientific research has proven that the beneficial effect of ginger comes from more than 100 bioactive substances.
The main two are gingerol and shogaol. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and increases your resistance. If you are sick, you can drink a cup of tea with fresh ginger slices. Ginger also contains a substance that reduces nausea when you are sick.