The Health Benefit Of Shell Ginger

                                                       Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet )

I was walking outside my yard this morning and noticed that my Shell Ginger that I planted 2 years ago was finally blooming.      
There are hundreds of varieties of Shell Ginger and they are becoming popular indoor and outdoors as a tropical perennial plant. We usually plant shell Ginger when a customer is requesting a tropical landscape. They make a great filler. I read an interesting article some time back about the health benefits of Shell Ginger, and thought it was very interesting to know that in Okinawa, Japan the foliage is used to to make warp rice dumplings, thanks to their antiviral, and antibacterial action and good aroma. Modern research has shown that Shell Ginger contains high concentrations of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. Scientist have made a recent experiment on worms and discovered that those fed a daily diet lived on an average 22.6 longer.  A Polyphenol is an organic chemical that is widely know to protect people from certain health problems and the effects of aging. For hundreds of years its benefits has been seen in the local people in Okinawa who have drank Shell Ginger Tea and whose life span is one of the longest in the world.

Makise Lifeup Labatory on Okinawa are quite convinced that Shell Ginger will be the next                  "Superfood".

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