Ginger Root lowers cancer riskNote from Carolyn:
Since my father died of colon cancer I want to do everything I can to prevent it from happening to me. First of all I eat organic whenever possible. I also take a variety of supplements in an effort to give my body everything it needs and nothing it doesn't. I keep ginger juice in the fridge. That way I can put a squeeze in my smoothie each morning or mix it with olive oil for sore muscles.
Article continues ... Since ancient times, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective
in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Modern scientific
research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic
properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the
formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory
effects. The result of a new body of research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research,
a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, demonstrates
the specific anti-inflammatory action of the spice on the colon.
Health-minded individuals will want to include ginger as part of their
regular diet or include an organically harvested supplement to
dramatically lower inflammatory risk markers for colon cancer.
Suzanna Zick, a research assistant professor at the University of
Michigan Medical School, and her team assembled 30 patient participants
to conduct the study. Each was provided with two grams of ginger root
supplements per day or a placebo for a period of 28 days. After the test
timeframe, researchers measured standard levels of colon inflammation
and found statistically significant reductions in most of these markers.
They also found trends toward significant reductions in a number of
other colon cancer biomarkers.
Ginger Root Supplementation Lowers Inflammatory Markers to Lower Colon Cancer RiskA
critical inflammation marker in the colon is known to be PGE2, a
naturally occurring prostaglandin also called dinoprostone. PGE2 is the
prostaglandin that ultimately induces fever, and is therefore an
important marker researcher's monitor to determine inflammatory levels
in the body. Inflammation has been implicated in prior studies as a
precursor to colon cancer, and ginger root supplementation effectively
lowers blood levels of the prostaglandin to reduce colon cancer risk.
Zick is a Naturopathic Doctor developing plant and naturally occurring
compounds that specifically promote health without the need for deadly
pharmaceutical interventions. She noted on the research findings, "We
need to apply the same rigor to the sorts of questions about the effect
of ginger root that we apply to other clinical trial research." Dr. Zick concluded, "Interest
in this is only going to increase as people look for ways to prevent
cancer that are nontoxic, and improve their quality of life in a
Ginger is a spice that has been used for
centuries both for its distinctive flavor and medicinal properties as
well. Researchers from this study used supplements (2 grams per day) to
achieve the inflammatory-reduction results. Most health-conscious people
will want to use a lower recommended supplemental dose of 250 mg per
day to lower inflammatory risk factors that promote colon cancer.
Sources for this article include:
John Phillip - Natural News
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