Ginger (Zingiber Officinale, lat.) has been long used as a common natural remedy in eastern medicine. It works great when used in treating nausea and dizziness, and according to experts it can also increase appetite. In the past 20 years, scientists have revealed its anticancer and antioxidant properties. What is even more amazing, ginger has a huge affect on cancer cells.
A group of experts at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Michigan University conducted a study which involved the effect of cancer cells and its ability to prevent cancer cell proliferation. They also examined the effect of ginger on other treatments.
The list of active substances found in ginger is not completed yet, but it is believed that paradols, gingerols, and shogaols hold the main strings. Small amounts of these phytochemicals are found in ginger root, so medical experts have designed food supplements with ginger root extract to enhance their effect.
One of the studies was conducted on lab mice to determine the effect of cancer on cancer growth. Mice received 100mg/kg of ginger extract and this showed great results. Scientists found that ginger decreases cancer growth and slows the development of prostate cancer in 56% of the mice they tested! Tumor cells were tested both in vivo and in vitro, and scientists noted no side effects.
The other study was based on the effect of ginger on breast cancer cells, and it was another great study. Ginger not only destroyed cancer cells, but it also diminished important signal molecules that are held responsible for tumor’s metastatic and spreading ability. This sure requires further examination, but ginger has bright future when it comes to treating breast cancer.
Ginger also showed great results in the studies based on its effectiveness in treatments of ovarian cancer. Phytochemicals in ginger triggered apoptosis, or programmed cell death.
In addition to their strong anticancer activity, ginger supplements are also recommended to patients who receive chemo drugs.
Summarization: Ginger has a bright future as a potential cancer treatment due to its strong effect on various types of cancer. Science still needs further examination to determine what substances in ginger have the best effect and of course, the proper dosing.
Use ginger as a medicine
The aforementioned studies show that by making ginger part of your everyday menu you can prevent cancer development. The upper limit of the daily intake of ginger is 4g per day, and pregnant women should not consume more than a gram.