Ginger is widely used for digestive disorders, including dyspepsia, colic, nausea, vomiting, gastritis and diarrhea (1).
It’s such a staple in natural remedies that it can do anything from curing a migraine to dissolving kidney stones and improving diabetes.
You can purchase organic ginger root in fresh, powdered, pickled or minced form.
Anticancer Properties of Ginger
Ginger contains gingerol, shogaol, zerumbone and paradols, which are the valuable compounds that can prevent and treat various cancers.
They do so by preventing angiogenesis (the spread of cancer through development of new blood vessels) and metastasis (the spread of cancer to other organs).
They also induce apoptosis (natural cell death), and prevent cell division (2).
A University Of Minnesota study concluded that “ginger compounds may be effective chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic agents for carcinomas.” via ScienceDaily
Ginger and Prostate Cancer
According to the British Journal of Nutrition, one in six men will be affected by prostate cancer in his lifetime (1). It is estimated that in the USA, one new case occurs every 2-4 minutes.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities, indicating its promising role as a chemopreventive agent.
100g of the spice a day has been proven to prevent the growth of cancerous cells and induces death for a large spectrum of prostate cancer varieties.
Ginger and Breast Cancer
According to the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, ginger and its bioactive molecules are effective in controlling the extent of colorectal, gastric, ovarian, liver, skin, breast, and prostate cancers (2).
It is also non-toxic, meaning that it can target cancerous cells without harming healthy cells.
Ginger and Ovarian Cancer
Ginger inhibits growth and spread (proliferation and angiogenesis) of ovarian cancer cells (3). It may also suppress pro-inflammatory cytokine (4).
Hence, studies suggest that the use of dietary agents such as this root may have potential in the treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer (5).
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