Black Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, another famous member is Turmeric, with 52 genera and 1300 species.
Normal Ginger is in the same family and is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, antifungal, benefits for regulating blood sugar and helping nausea and as a digestion aid. A study in 2012 Zingiber officinale Improves Cognitive Function of the Middle-Aged Healthy Women showed that ginger helped protect middle age women from cognitive decline.
Black Ginger (Kaempferia parviflora) is a close relative of Ginger, comes from Thailand, has a dark purple colour with a taste that has a spiciness to it, but much more subdued than ginger. It has a hint of the normal spiciness and heat that you would get with ginger, with an earthy flavor.
Traditionally used in Thai folk medicine for thousands of years, recent studies are now showing results in performance enhancements – Black ginger extract increases physical fitness performance and muscular endurance by improving inflammation and energy metabolism
- Physical Endurance
- Muscular strength gains
- Fat burner
- Neuroprotective and stress-modulator
- Improved memory
- Enhanced production of ATP and mitochondrial biogenesis –
- Vasodilator may help with Sexual performance
Thai traditional medicine has claimed many benefits of the following:
Cure allergy, asthma, impotence, gout, diarrhea, dysentery, peptic ulcer and diabetes.
A large number of recent studies have demonstrated the biological activities of black ginger extract (Kaempferia parviflora extract: KPE) which may substantiate the traditional claims.