“Chewing John” 1oz (Alpinia species) Galangal Root
Galangal root is a spice native to Southern Asia. It’s closely related to ginger and turmeric and has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
The word galangal refers to the root of several plants of the Zingiberaceae family. Lesser galangal, or Alpinia officinarum, is most commonly used.
Similarly to ginger and turmeric, galangal can be eaten fresh or cooked and is a popular addition to many Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Thai dishes.
This spice is also used to improve certain ailments, as it’s believed to help treat infections, reduce inflammation, boost male fertility, and even fight different types of cancer.
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Galangal root is a rich source of antioxidants, which are beneficial plant compounds that help fight disease and protect your cells from damaging free radicals.
It’s especially rich in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants linked to health benefits, such as improved memory and lower blood sugar and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
Polyphenols are also thought to protect against mental decline, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Both ginger and turmeric — two close relatives of galangal root — are also rich in polyphenols and have been linked to these benefits.
However, no studies have directly linked galangal root to these effects, so more research is needed before strong conclusions can be made.