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Last Updated: 05/25/2021 |
Ginger Supplements Reviewed By Consumerlab.com

Ginger supplements, chews, and spices compared in this review

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BulkSupplements.com Ginger Root Extract

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Chimes Original Ginger Chews

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CVS Health Ginger Root 550 mg

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Dr. Mercola Fermented Ginger

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Frontier Co-op Ginger

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Gaia Herbs Ginger Root

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Great Value Organic Ground Ginger

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Happy Belly Ground Ginger

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Mountain Rose Herbs Ginger Root

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Prince of Peace Original Ginger Chews

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Pure Encapsulations Ginger Extract

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Pure Mountain Botanicals Ginger

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Puritan's Pride Ginger Relief Ginger Root

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Solaray Ginger

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Solgar Ginger Root Extract

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Spring Valley Ginger Root 550 mg

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The Spice Hunter Organic Ginger

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Vitacost Ginger Root Complex

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Summary

  • What are the health benefits of ginger? A dose of 1 gram of ginger root (or rhizome) powder (just under ½ teaspoon) per day may help reduce nausea from motion sickness and pregnancy. Ginger root extracts (which are more concentrated) may also be useful for these purposes and 1 gram of extract has been shown to modestly decrease pain from osteoarthritis (see What It Does).
  • What to look for in ginger? The active compounds in ginger are believed to be gingerols and, possibly, shogaols. In the supplements ConsumerLab tested, amounts of gingerols and shogaols ranged from 0.85 mg up to 41.7 mg per daily serving, with ginger chews containing the lowest amounts of these compounds (see Results Table). (Past tests of ginger ales by ConsumerLab found them to contain hardly any gingerols.)
  • Which ginger products are best or worst in tests?
    • Two ginger supplements provided less ginger than listed (just 34% and 66% of the claimed amounts), another exceeded a limit for lead contamination, and another seemed to have been overexposed to heat, providing a relatively small amount of gingerols (see "What CL Found"). At the same time, we identified a ginger powder supplement of exceptionally high quality at very reasonable cost, making it our Top Pick among ginger supplements.
    • We found that only two of the four ginger spices that we selected for testing were are of very high quality, with one spice containing 3 to 4 times as much lead as the others and another spice containing only 88% of its minimum expected gingerols and shogaols. Among the two best products, one cost only 1/10 as much as the other, making it our Top Pick among ginger spices.
  • How to use ginger supplements? When taking ginger, particularly larger daily doses, it's generally recommended to divide the dose throughout the day (see ConsumerTips).
  • Precautions when using ginger: Stomach upset and heartburn may occur with ginger, but it is generally safe. Use with caution if you have low blood sugar or diabetes, take blood-thinning medication, or are pregnant or about to have surgery (see Concerns and Cautions).
You must be a member to get the full test results for ginger supplements along with ConsumerLab's recommendations and quality ratings. In this comprehensive review of ginger supplements, chews, and spices, You will get results for 11 ginger supplements and chews selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com as well as for three others that passed the same testing in CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program. You will also get results for four popular ginger spices used for cooking and baking. You'll discover:    
  • Which ginger supplements and spices passed or failed ConsumerLab.com's testing and review
  • Which ginger supplements and spices are the best quality and value and our Top Picks
  • The evidence regarding the use of ginger for nausea and vomiting, arthritis, and diabetes 
  • The dosage of ginger for different applications and the related clinical evidence
  • Potential side effects and drug interactions with ginger

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