A Golden Root
1. A Powerful Antioxidant
Gingerol and gingerol compounds (among other things such as it’s flavanols) are a unique and powerful piece of ginger’s potency, especially through the scavenging of free radicals [3,4,5].
Antioxidant effects have a broad spectrum impact on the body and ginger’s antioxidants syngergize with other supportive elements across the body. It’s not the anti-oxidant effect alone that makes ginger such an ageless dietary prize, but they are a pervasive element of the herb’s potential. 
2. Digestive Support
Ginger has been used in as a digestive support for millenia – historically recognized as a “carminative” in western herbalism  – and indeed, modern science has explored ginger’s gastric bounties.
It is commonly used to support with gastric issues like constipation, dyspepsia, belching, bloating, gastritis, epigastric discomfort, gastric ulcerations, ad indigestion  through a variety of functions including supporting gastric emptying  and ulcer protection [6,10],
3. Nausea Relief
Ginger is oft prescribed by western  and eastern  doctors, home herbalists alike  as a remedy for nausea.
Not only a home remedy for travel sickness and pregnancy, it’s even prescribed for post-op and chemotherapy nausea! [14,15,16,17]
4. Supports Metabolism Health
Aside from aiding digestion in general, ginger has a number of beneficial effects on the broader metabolism.
There is evidence to support ginger’s value as a weight loss aid that fights obesity through thermogenesis, increase in lipolysis, suppression of lipgenesis, and appetite control. 
It also has a direct anti-hyperglycemic effect that counteracts diabetes [19,20]. Additionally, it may help counteract the damage of hyperglycemia on the brain in those with diabetes via its anti-oxidant impact. It may also support the digestion and metabolizing of high fat diets .
It seems the impact of ginger on the metabolism and weight is multifaceted and complex .
Ginger is used as a dietary supplement for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis  and studies have shown decided promise indicating it’s effectiveness at reducing pain from chronic  and acute [24,25] inflammation. These anti-inflammatory effects are far reaching, and alongside the anti-oxidant effects have broad spectum influence .
6. Anti Cancer Support
Ginger has been studied it’s anti-carcinogenic potential including 6-gingerol and 6 shogaol’s role in suppression of cancer development and metastasis, as well as induction of apoptosis. [22,26,27,28,29,30]
7. Heart health
Ayurvedic medicine sees ginger as a tool for combating heart disease and supporting the heart [31,32,33], and indeed studies show it can help regulate cholesterol levels [34,35]. It may be that this is most effective for regulating conversion of dietary cholesterol .
8. Prevents Infections
Ginger has been shown effective as both an anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
There’s evidence to indicate part of it’s heralded anti-ulcer activity is due to it’s inhibition of helicobacter pylori growth among other things .
Ginger is often used in Chinese and Ayuervedic cold remedies , and has been shown to have action against human respiratory viruses [39,40]
Ginger constituents have also been shown to be effective in combating periodontal bactria that cause cavities .
9. Menstrual Symptom Support
As part of its anti-inflammatory and even analgesic effects, ginger has long been recommended as a home remedy for women suffering from painful cramps, and also nausea . Indeed, ginger compares to ibuprofen and mefenamic acid (both NSAIDs) even in a double blind clinical trial  and out preforms a placebo . In these studies individuals took ~1000 grams of ginger powder spread out over the course of a day.