Historians say Confucius ate ginger with every meal. This legend has credence due to ginger's enzymatic properties which help break down food.

"Ginger increases digestive movement through the stomach and duodenum, and has also been shown to stimulate several valuable digestive enzymes in the pancreas. The enzymes in ginger break down protein efficiently and rapidly, leaving the digestive system free of any discomfort.

Source: Alternative Healthzine