In addition to being one of the most consumed "spices" in the world, ginger is one of the most analyzed and studied dietary supplements. Its use dates back over 5000 years to both India and China, where its roots were used to produce a tonic for many ailments (we all like a nice glass of ginger ale when we feel a little queasy). Ginger was also popular among the British monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth I credited with inventing the gingerbread man cookie. Modern analysis isolated 14 distinct bio-active compounds in ginger, many of which are potent antioxidants. Research on ginger spans many areas of wellness, including nausea, inflammation, and heart health.