Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 11.06.2024

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Group of naturally occurring phenylpropane derivatives, distinctive pungent drugs that occur in Zingiber officinale (the officinal ginger plant). Gingerols are phenylalkones and phenylalkalones, volatile pungent drugs that belong to the secondary plant substances and give ginger root its special flavor. They differ in the length of their side chains.

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Gingerols have antibacterial, antifungal, nematocidal, anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic and hepatoprotective effects.