Black Ginger has been used as a vitalizing and stimulating herb for centuries. It displays adaptogenic activities and reduces triglycerides, preventing diabetes. Black Ginger has been a known ingredient in male sexual performance formulations due to significant levels of PDE5 inhibitors which increase blood-flow to the testis and stimulats dopaminergic function in the hypothalamus.
As a natural sexual enhancer, black ginger has been shown to increase sperm density. Its aphrodisiac activities include enhanced sexual desire, motivation and performance as well as supporting the structure and function of Sertoli cells. The Sertoli Cell Barrier (SCB) sometimes referred to as the “blood testes barrier” protects and controls the environment which produces, nourishes, maintains and stores sperm cells.
In the case of cognitive function, black ginger stimulates dopaminergic functions in the human brain. Parkinson's disease is caused by a loss of dopamine secreting neurons. Dopamine relays messages to the area of the brain that regulates coordinated body movements and with less dopamine people are less able to control these movements.
Alzheimer’s disease characterized by impaired memory and cognitive functions are linked to substantial disturbances in dopamine regulation in the brain. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity) is also associated with decreased dopamine activity. Boosting dopamine naturally can help to treat depression and bipolar depression. The ability of black ginger to stimulate dopaminergic function may greatly contribute to cognitive health.
Black ginger has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects due to the presence of strong antioxidants in the dark purple (almost black) flavonoid pigments that give black ginger its name.