Three Natural Cancer Benefits of Ginger
Do you know the benefits of ginger? Read on to learn more…
Many of us have a love affair with ginger. For some of us, it’s the comfort of spicy ginger bread cookies. For others, ginger is part of our daily tea or nutritional supplements. Or perhaps you love a bit of ginger in Japanese food or juiced into your morning smoothie.
If you enjoy ginger regularly, you’re doing a good thing for your body. The health benefits of this ancient medicinal root are impressive. Ginger is known for its high antioxidant value and potent anti-inflammatory action. It’s used to treat arthritis, improve cardiovascular function and blood sugar control, and act as a digestive aid.
But ginger also promises other potent benefits, including helping to reduce your risk for cancer. Let’s have a look at some of the medicinal benefits of ginger, and how you can enjoy it as a daily part of a cancer-fighting diet.
Ginger as Medicine: Tasty Compounds Pack a Powerful Punch
On the outside, ginger has a knobby appearance, similar to turmeric. In fact, both plants are from the same Zingiberaceae family. And like its golden relative, ginger has powerful medicine beneath its mundane exterior.
Gingerol is the most thoroughly researched compound in ginger. It is found in fresh ginger. But there is another medicinal compound found in ginger – especially when the root is dried.
The compound is shogaol. And it may be even more potent than gingerol.
While science is still unraveling the myriad beneficial compounds in ginger and how they work to improve health, we already know that ginger has powerful effects against two of the biggest risk factors for aging and disease…
Benefits of Ginger: Quell Oxidation & Douse Inflammation with Ginger
Inflammation and oxidation (free radical damage) are natural aspects of your physiology and metabolism. But left unchecked, they can also be important signs of trouble. These twin forces of aging and disease increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, brain atrophy, macular degeneration… and cancer.
The good news is that ginger is a very potent natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
In-vitro and mouse studies show that gingerol and other phytochemicals in ginger directly target numerous pathways that lead to inflammation. They also increase your body’s production of its own super-charged antioxidants!
In 2005, researchers tested the effectiveness of ginger on tumors in rats. The research, published in the International Journal of Clinical Chemistry, found that ginger decreased tumors in the subjects. They also found a significant reduction in free radicals and an increase in the production of antioxidants.[i]
Another study found a chemical in ginger, called zerumbone, stopped the growth of colon cancer in mice. It’s thought that this compound works by suppressing inflammation in the colon. The researchers also found that as the dose increased, so did the anti-inflammatory effects.[ii]
Clinical research still needs to catch up. But in the meantime, a daily dose of ginger is a great way to boost your health.
In fact, nutritional science has an eye on an even more impressive health benefit of this humble root…
Ginger: 10,000x More Powerful Than Chemotherapy?
You may already know that chemotherapy kills cancer cells – along with those that are healthy. But did you know that even powerful forms of chemotherapy leave behind cancer stem cells!
The authors of a study published in the journal Pharmacology and Therapeutics state:
“Cancer stem cells (CSCs), which comprise a small fraction of cancer cells, are believed to constitute the origin of most human tumors … Many studies also suggest that CSCs serve as the basis of metastases”.[iii]
As cancer stem cells continue to circulate in the body, they stand ready to re-form tumors. And these cancers return much stronger and harder to treat. There is now considerable effort in cancer research to find ways of targeting cancer stem cells.
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Cancer Treatment & Prevention: Ginger to the Rescue
In 2015, a study demonstrated the powerful benefits of the compound 6-shogaol on cancer. The research showed that it worked on both breast cancer cells AND cancer stem cell cultures to:
- Reduce cell expression
- Reduce the formation of new cells
- Promote cell death
In their study, the researchers compared shogaol alongside curcumin (from turmeric) and the chemotherapy drug Taxol . All three compounds reduced the breast cancer cells. However, ginger outperformed the other two. But when it came to the all-important stem cells – literally the seed from which cancer grows – only ginger and turmeric were effective. And again – ginger outperformed.
According to the researchers, the Taxol could not match the activity of shogaol, “even at a 10,000 fold higher concentration.”[iv]
And ginger’s natural medicine does its work against cancer stem cells… without harming healthy cells!
Turn Down the Noise On Nausea
Ginger and the gut have gone hand in hand for thousands of years. Our ancestors used to utilize it for a range of digestion issues. But the most common use is for nausea and vomiting.
Ginger has been shown to outperform Dramamine, the leading sea sickness medication.[v] Studies also show that it can help those who experience nausea from chemotherapy.[vi]
More research about these benefits of ginger will come with time, but so far it points to ginger being a safe (and delicious) choice for everyday tummy troubles.
How to Take Your Daily Dose of Ginger
For the best results, be sure to mix up how you take your ginger. For the most powerful cancer-fighting properties, dried ginger is the highest in shogaol. Fresh ginger is highest in gingerol. Once you cook ginger, the primary compound becomes zingerone (another medicinal phytochemical).
You can pop ginger through a juicer to create a refreshing low-sugar drink with juiced cucumber, organic greens, celery and lemon… or add it fresh to smoothies.
You can also use powdered ginger, along with cinnamon, cacao, turmeric and coconut milk for a rich and satisfying antioxidant (and anti-inflammatory!) drink. Steep fresh ginger in a cup of hot water or add it to tea. Get creative and whip up a batch of Paleo gingerbread cookies with a healthy helping of ginger!
And don’t forget the savory ways you can use ginger. Marinate pastured chicken, wild salmon or grass-fed flank steak with a combination of freshly grated ginger, lemon or lime juice and sesame oil. Peel ginger root, slice thin, and add to your favorite stir fry recipes. Add ginger liberally to salad dressings, dips and sauces.
The spicy-sweet taste of ginger is a wonderful addition to sweet and savory dishes alike. You can add it to almost anything to enhance flavor and boost the healing power. One word of caution: If you are on blood thinners, check with your doctor first as ginger may increase risk of bleeding.
Thank you for the very insightful info on ginger! So, what if a person is already taking medication for cancer? Can they still take the ginger even while they are on meds?
MICHAEL LAVIOLA says
I can not tell u what to take ,cause the gov. would lock me up for acting like a doctor ,but I have taken ”graviola ” to prevent cancer..i got it from ”swanson vit.” .yes it ia a natural med and u use it in your kitchen .I can only tell u what I have taken …..
Steve Brink says
I have a very good friend who is diagnosed with leukemia,not sure what kind . But my guestion is ,would ginger and a PH diet benefit him.It’s my understanding that the white blood cells are attacking the red blood cells. Very little info out here on leukemia. I want to help him. Respectfully. Steve
SYLVIA WILHELMA says
MY QUESTION IS HOW MANY GINGERS I HAVE TO USE OR HOW DO I MEASURE IT. I HAVE FIBROADENOMA ON MY BREAST.
MICHAEL LAVIOLA says
GRAVIOLA IS A CANCER KILLER ,BREAST ,PROSTATE KIDNEY LIVER PANCRATIICS IT WILL KILL ALMOST ALL 237 CANCER GERMS IN YOUR BODY.IT IA A NATURAL MED. LIKE CAT’S CLAW AND DEVIL;’S CLAW AND BLK SEED CUMMIN,FIGHTS ALL KINDS OF PAIN ARTHO,ON UP. BEE POLLEN AND ENCHINEACE WITH GOLDENSEAL ROOT STOPS THE FLU DEAD IN ITS TRACK,. LYME DISEASE IS KILL BY Cat’s claw and devil ‘s claw. Guggul is a great CHORLESTOL killer ,NATTO or NATTOKINEASE is a the best blood clot killer in the WORLD, GINGER IS THE BEST BLOOD IN THE WORLD.. TURMERIC ALSO ONE OF THE BEST SPICES IN THE WORLD .”CONSISENCE CURES ALSHIMER AND DEMENTIA….I COULD KEEP ON TELLING U WHAT NATURAL MEDS TO TAKE ,BUT I AM NOT A DOCTOR JUST A PERSON THAT READS A L,OT AND DO REASERCH ON ALL MEDS .I DO NOT TAKE ANY STATIN DRUGS OR ”NSAIDS” AS THE MEDICAL WORLD CALLS THEM.BYE NOW .IF U WANT TO KNOW VISIT MY PINTREST AT MIKE235L OR GO TO [email protected] .the big pharma will surely cause me trouble ,hell I don’t care .
MICHAEL LAVIOLA says
GINGER’S is the best blood thinner in the world.
Can’t find your Pinterest, Mike
MICHAEL LAVIOLA says
SPICES ARE THE BEST MEDICINE IN THE WORLD AND BIG PHARMA DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL LOSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARSPER YR IF NOT MORE ,AS I SAID ”GINGER IS THE BEST BLOOD THINNER IN THE WORLD…” CON SIGSENCE IS THE ONLY MEDS THAT I KNOW THAT WILL CURE OR COMEE CLOSE TO 99% OF ALZHIMER;S AND DEMENTIA DISEASE.” DELVELOP BY DR. MARK STENGLER.AUTHWER OF ”HEALING HANDS” ALSO DR ROTHCHILD AUTHER OF ”CURED ””.
BUY THEM AND U WILL BE ENLIGHTEN A 100X OVER FROM WHAT U WILL KNOW ABOUT THE SPICES IN YOUR KITCHEN.
MICHAEL LAVIOLA says
I am block by facebook for 14 more days and I can not add any more on twitter .are all of these social so afraid of a free speaking ,low life deplodeable and a copnservaitive.,if so tough for them I will continue to tell people of the natural meds I take no satins drugs…I am now tring to lose weight by taking acv plus forlsikin,each morning ,I had a triple bypass and had to learn what to take .I am 83 yrs old as of feb 22., and my family doctor want to know what I am taking to stay healty.,so does my heart doctor.., both of them tell me to keep doing what I have been doing for the past 17 years. and I am doing just that..my kids r now starting to see the thing I take and r doing the same thing ,..they hate when I tell them I told you so..so I look in there kitchen cabinets and now know they r following me,..no colds no flu and r using the same meds I do for their heart.
You do know Conseratives don’t control FB?? Liberal controls FB !!! Your out of anything to truthfully complain about ,maybe your going against Policy of FB ,,,did you think of that ?