Ginger is a spice belonging to the Zingiberaceae family. It contains an active compound known as gingerol, which has been shown to relieve digestion pains, treat nausea, and even fight off the common cold. Gingerol provides potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help flush toxins or chemicals from the body. Research shows ginger is especially effective in treating morning sickness associated with pregnancy. It has also been shown to reduce post-exercise muscle pain.