Ginger is loaded with different medicinal properties and uses, similar to its popular cousin, the well-known powerful turmeric. However, did you know that ginger is exceptionally potent when it comes to treating cancer?
The effects of turmeric on cancer are well known, but now, a new research shows that ginger, its cousin spice, is just as powerful. What’s more, it was proven that ginger is even more effective that some cancer treatments, some of which have been found to be ineffective and even accelerating the death of patients.
According to a study done by Georgia State University, whole ginger extract decreased the size of prostate tumor by 56% in mice. Also, ginger showed power in lowering the amount of inflammation and it supplied the mice with antioxidants.
Another study published in PLoS showed that a component in ginger known as 6-shogaol is more beneficial that cancer medications, especially chemo, in targeting the main reason of breast cancer malignancy- breast cancer stem cells.
Cancer stem cells only make up .2 to 1% of the cellular makeup of a tumor, but they are very difficult to kill. If the stem cell is not destroyed, it will create even more cancer cells that could travel all over the body.
What that means is these cancer stem cells are able to self-renew; they are capable of continuous differentiation, are resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, and are capable of splitting off and forming new tumor colonies. The only way to fully ensure that your body is cancer free is to destroy the cancer stem cells within a tumor.
Finally, when compared to the cancer drug Taxol, 6-shogaol killed more cancer cells and tumors. Even when taxol dosage was increased, researchers found that 6-shogaol was 10,000 times more effective than Taxol at killing cancer stem cells, stopping new tumors from forming, and keeping healthy cells alive.
It should be noted that this study was not performed on people, but on cell cultures. However, the results are very promising for many future cancer sufferers. It is well known that traditional cancer treatments are difficult to the mind, body, and soul.