Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a way to utilize ginger root to kill ovarian and prostate cancer cells without the need for chemo toxicity.
Since ancient times, ginger has been used by mankind as a spice and a medicinal herb. Its medicinal qualities are known to treat common ailments like inflammation and nausea. Results from a session at the American Association for Cancer Research show that cancer cells died as a result of being exposed to ginger powder.
Specifically, in every single instance where ginger powder was used to treat cancer cells, the cells experienced apoptosis – a medical term meaning 'cancer cell suicide'. The cells even attacked each other (autophagy.)
Ginger is a useful all-natural remedy for chemotherapy patients. It can even potentially treat cancer by itself if taken in bigger doses.
Other research reveals its ability to fight ovarian cancer. The study concludes with:
“Ginger inhibits growth and modulates secretion of angiogenic factors in ovarian cancer cells. The use of dietary agents such as ginger may have potential in the treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer.”
A ginger extract called zingiber officinale was tested by researchers studying prostate cancer. According to the findings published on British Journal of Nutrition, zingiber officinale killed human prostate cancer cells while ignoring healthy prostate cells.
“Remarkably, daily oral feeding of 100 mg/kg body weight of GE inhibited growth and progression of PC-3 xenografts by approximately 56 % in nude mice, as shown by measurements of tumour volume. Tumour tissue from GE-treated mice showed reduced proliferation index and widespread apoptosis compared with controls, as determined by immunoblotting and immunohistochemical methods. Most importantly, GE did not exert any detectable toxicity in normal, rapidly dividing tissues such as gut and bone marrow. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to demonstrate the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity of whole GE for the management of prostate cancer."
Ginger has no toxicity, so it may be consumed in high doses, potentially avoiding the difficulties associated with chemo/radiation-based cancer treatments.