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Aardraka-Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Part 4

Aardraka-Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ) Part 4 Aardraka-Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ) contains many bioactive phytochemicals. Here I describe in detail the pharmacology of some important  phytochemicals. Zingerone Molecular Formula: C 11 H 14 O 3 Structural Formula: Zingerone, also called vanillyl acetone, is a key component of pungency of Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ) that imparts the “sweet”, agreeable flavor to Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ). Zingerone is a member of methoxyphenol family. It is a crystalline solid, sparingly soluble in water but soluble in ether. Synthetic, zingerone is not pungent. This suggests that zingerone is more likely a decomposition product of pungency rather than a direct source of pungency of Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ). Zingerone is the least pungent compound of Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ).  Fresh Ginger ( Zingiber officinale ) does not contain zingerone but is produced by cooking or drying ginger rhizomes, which causes