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Abstract

This science fair project was performed to find out the effect of ginger on motion sickness. The science project was done by comparing the effect of motion sickness on participants before and after eating ginger candy.

Hypothesis

Eating ginger candy helps to reduce the effect of motion sickness.

Scientific Terms

Tuberous rhizome, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory

Background

Ginger

Ginger is the tuberous rhizome of a tropical plant that is normally used for flavoring in cooking, especially Asian cuisine. It is also commonly used as a spice and alternative medicine. Ginger is also suitable for preserving food because of its potent anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.

The ability of ginger to reduce blood clots has also been found to be useful for heart patients. It is also believed to be able to reduce blood cholesterol levels. The antioxidants found in ginger are both anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory. It has been proven that the antioxidant curcumin found in ginger is able to stimulate the enzymes that eliminate cancer causing substances from our body. It has also been found to be able to inhibit various types of cancer.

Ginger is also useful in treating symptoms of motion sickness like nausea and vomiting. It is recommended that you take ginger 30 minutes before traveling or taking part in motion-sickness inducing activities like boating or carnival rides. It is also found to be safe for use by pregnant women suffering from morning sickness.

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Complexity level:
6
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 1 day for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found at a supermarket or candy store
Safety concerns:

None