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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 671058, 7 pages
Research Article

Analysis of Chemical Properties of Edible and Medicinal Ginger by Metabolomics Approach

1College of Pharmaceutical Science, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
2Center for Information Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-8540, Japan
3RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Tsurumi 230-0045, Japan
4Department of Cancer Cell Biology, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama 930-0194, Japan
5Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan
6Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokuriku University, Ho-3 Kanagawa-machi, Kanazawa 920-1181, Japan

Received 27 April 2015; Revised 1 July 2015; Accepted 1 July 2015

Academic Editor: Paul M. Tulkens

Copyright © 2015 Ken Tanaka et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In traditional herbal medicine, comprehensive understanding of bioactive constituent is important in order to analyze its true medicinal function. We investigated the chemical properties of medicinal and edible ginger cultivars using a liquid-chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) approach. Our PCA results indicate the importance of acetylated derivatives of gingerol, not gingerol or shogaol, as the medicinal indicator. A newly developed ginger cultivar, Z. officinale cv. Ogawa Umare or “Ogawa Umare” (OG), contains more active ingredients, showing properties as a new resource for the production of herbal medicines derived from ginger in terms of its chemical constituents and rhizome yield.