Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries with many cultures giving it a valued spot in their natural medicine arsenal. Recent research has found evidence that ginger may indeed have superstar health benefits. Cancer is one area were research on ginger has been quite promising. Recent research has found evidence that ginger has anti-cancer properties. Here’s what you need to know about ginger and cancer prevention.
Researchers at Georgia State University have found that whole ginger extract stops the growth of prostate cancer cells and induces prostate cancer cells to commit suicide (apoptosis). Ginger induced a remarkable level of tumor regression – as much as 60 percent. Researchers also found that the ginger extract had no side effects or toxicity. The study also revealed that a person would only have to consume 3.5 oz of ginger extract on a daily basis to achieve these powerful anti-cancer effects.
An exciting study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induced apoptosis (cell suicide) in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied. In addition, ginger appears to prevent ovarian cancer cells from becoming resistant to treatment.
A study at the University of Minnesota found that gingerol, the main active compound in ginger, slowed the rate of growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice. The University of Minnesota is planning more tests on gingerol’s effect on cancer in the hope of creating a gingerol-based pharmaceutical drug.