Most people nowadays have heard of the amazing anti-cancer properties of turmeric, which clinical research is showing to be a truly effective treatment for various forms of this serious disease. Fewer people are aware, however, that ginger – which is botanically related to turmeric – can also be an incredibly effective and natural cancer treatment option. Read out to find out more about ginger’s amazing benefits for cancer patients.
Why Ginger Works
Like turmeric, the cancer-fighting power of ginger seems to stem from two of its most important properties: it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it is loaded with anti-oxidant compounds. Anti-inflammatories help treat cancer patients since chronic inflammation is now believed to be one of the underlying causes of cancer development and seems to favor the growth of cancer cells. Anti-oxidants help fight cancer by reducing oxidative tissue damage (another underlying reason for cancer development) and by strengthening the body’s own natural immunity to help fight off the growth of cancer cells.
The literature so far on the effectiveness of ginger on cancer seems to be positive. In one study out of Georgia State University, for example, scientists working with laboratory mice found that the regular ingestion of whole ginger extract can shrink the size of prostate tumors by an impressive 56%.
There are nearly 17 other studies – on both laboratory animals and on human subjects – that consistently show that ginger has been an effective treatment for not only shrinking tumors but also for preventing or reducing the changes of metastasis, or the spreading of cancer growth to other parts of the body. This could truly be a life-saving property for many with this disease.
What’s more, because chronic inflammation is partly responsible not only for the development of cancer but for the treatment of other diseases and conditions effected by inflammation. These conditions are as diverse as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and asthma.
Using Ginger for Your Health
The best part is that, if you are interested in using ginger in your everyday regimen to reduce inflammation, strengthen your immunity and improve your overall health, there are a number of ways you can do this. Fresh ginger can be added to any number of dishes, including soups, stir-fries, Asian-inspired casseroles or similar dishes. It can also be used in a variety of healthy and delicious desserts. Ginger tea is also a popular way to increase your intake, and it can be particularly good during the cold weather season.
If you are not fond of the taste of ginger, ginger supplements are also available in capsule form and seem to also have the same healthful benefits.
In short, adding more ginger to your diet seems to be a healthy and natural way to help both combat or reduce your risk of developing cancer. And since its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can be effective against other diseases, too, ginger can be considered to be one of nature’s greatest tonics.
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