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Ginger is a Powerful Cancer Fighter

While ginger helps common illnesses, its positive effect on more serious health conditions can
not be disregarded. One such serious health condition that ginger has been known to help treat
for years is ovarian cancer. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found out
through their research that ginger can also destroy ovarian cancer cells. Whats more, they
found that ginger triggered two types of cell death apoptosis and autophagy. Apoptosis
results from cancer cells essentially committing suicide. The other type of cell death, called
autophagy, results from cells digesting or attacking themselves.

In multiple ovarian cancer cell lines, we found that ginger induced cell death
at a similar or better rate than the platinum-based chemotherapy drugs
typically used to treat ovarian cancer, says Jennifer Rhode, M.D., a
gynecologic oncology fellow at the U-M Medical School.
Aside from helping to treat ovarian cancer, ginger also offers plenty of protective benefits for
colon cancer. The University studied how ginger could hinder the progression of colorectal
cancer cells. One trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown that those
consuming ginger root had lower levels of colon inflammation and inflammation of the intestines,
thereby helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Other studies have also shown that ginger
could help tumor formation for those exposed to a cancer-causing chemical.
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Whats most impressive regarding gingers place in protection against cancer, though, is its
ability to outperform dangerous cancer drugs. The subject of one study based out of Georgia
State University, whole ginger extract was revealed to shrink prostate tumor size by a
whopping 56% in mice. But what about cancer drugs? Could this simple spice really topple the
advanced pharmaceuticals that are often touted as the only option for cancer patients by
medical doctors? It turns out that cancer drugs are not only ineffective at permanently shrinking
tumors, but they actually make tumors larger and kill the patient more quickly something
natural foods wont do. The health benefits of ginger are looking even better.

2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties Help with Many Conditions

As mentioned earlier, ginger possesses awesome anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it may be
what the root is best known for. The anti-inflammatory compounds responsible for significantly
reducing inflammation are called gingerols. These compounds make ginger an amazing
beneficial tool for various inflammatory-related health conditions.
In numerous research pieces, researches found that the compounds are responsible for
reduction in pain and improvement in mobility for those with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
In two clinical studies, it was found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with
muscular discomfort experienced relief of pain and/or swelling. In addition to pain levels
decreasing, the compounds may also lessen swelling.

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