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10 Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are ten health benefits of this powerful herb.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).
Health Benefits of Ginger
by Naomi Woods, Natural Society, April 24, 2012
Originally, ginger was mostly used in China. These days, there are many plantations across the globe — particularly in East Africa and the Caribbean...
For centuries, ginger has been used as an effective cure when it comes to common cough and cold. Even when the symptoms become severe, using this as tea will alleviate sore throat, itchiness, coughing and even blocked nasal passages .
The extract of ginger is also known to have natural analgesics and sedative properties . It also has carminative properties . That is why, for people who are experiencing dyspepsia or stomach ailments , ginger is an effective remedy. The health benefits of ginger for the digestive and gastrointestinal tract do not end there yet. The components that ginger has , such as shogaols and gingerols, can resolve vomiting and nausea because it controls the peristaltic movement of the muscles .
For people who are experiencing rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or inflammation due to injury, ginger can also work as an anti-inflammatory. That is because the components of ginger prevent the prostaglandins to cause further inflammation. In effect, the pain can also be reduced significantly.
While ginger helps common illnesses, it’s positive effect on more serious health conditions can not be disregarded. For years, ginger has been known to provide relief when it comes to beating ovarian cancer. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found out through their research that ginger can also destroy ovarian cancer cells. Aside from that, it also gives plenty of benefits for people who are suffering from colon cancer. The University studied how ginger could hinder the progression of colorectal cancer cells .
People have been experiencing the many health benefits of ginger for ages; it is time that you see it as more than just an ingredient for your dishes, but also as a powerful natural remedy.
Ginger’s Health Benefits from Arthritis Foundation
By Linda J. Brown and Bryan D. Vargo, Arthritis Foundation, May 16, 2012
Ginger is packed with lots of powerful compounds. But which form boasts the best benefits?
Keep ginger in your spice cabinet? Maybe it should be in your medicine cabinet. Besides being a tasty spice often used to enhance holiday treats, ginger can soothe upset stomachs and diminish nausea, and studies show it may help pain and inflammation, too.
In fact, a University of Miami study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients w ith osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo. "Research show s that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level," says the study’s lead author, Roy Altman, MD, now at the University of California, Los Angeles.
What makes ginger so helpful? "Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as w ell as a small amount of analgesic property," says Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Choosing the most effective form of ginger may be the biggest challenge to reaping its rew ards. Ginger comes in capsules, tinctures, teas, pow ders, oils and foods made from the dried or fresh root of the ginger plant. W hile many forms of ginger boast health benefits, Dr. Lee says capsules provide better benefits than other forms. She advises people to look for brands that use "super-critical extraction," because it results in the purest ginger and w ill provide the greatest effect. She also suggests taking ginger capsules with food. Why? Although small amounts of ginger can help settle a sour stomach, concentrated doses can actually cause stomach upset.
Although they smell w onderful, foods like gingerbread, gingersnaps and ginger tea may not contain enough ginger to have an effect, says Dr. Altman. The capsule taken tw ice daily by patients in Dr. Altman’s study contained 255 milligrams (mg) of ginger, the equivalent of nearly a bushel of your grocer’s ginger.
Before taking ginger capsules, be sure to check with your doctor. If you get the "go ahead" from your physician, try a 100- to 200-mg ginger capsule each day for four to six w eeks to see if you feel an effect. Steer clear of ginger if you’re taking a blood-thinning medication, like warfarin (Coumadin), as ginger may reverse the effects of these types of drugs.
If you prefer the tangy zip of fresh ginger, here's some good news. Researchers at the University of Georgia in Athens and Georgia State College & University in Milledgeville reported in the Journal of Pain that a few tablespoons of grated ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by exercise.
You can add a few tablespoons to you diet by grating ginger over a salad or into a stir fry. Or you could grate one to two teaspoons and simmer it in a pot with hot water for five minutes to make a soothing tea.
British Journal of Nutrition, 2012 Feb;107(4):473-84.
Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer.
Karna P. et al.
Department of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA.
It is appreciated far and wide that increased and regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is linked with noteworthy anticancer benefits. Extensively consumed as a spice in foods and beverages worldwide, ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is an excellent source of several bioactive phenolics, including non-volatile pungent compounds such as gingerols, paradols, shogaols and gingerones. Ginger has been known to display anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities, indicating its promising role as a chemopreventive agent. Here, we show that whole ginger extract (GE) exerts significant growth-inhibitory and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells. Comprehensive studies have confirmed that GE perturbed cell-cycle progression, impaired reproductive capacity, modulated cell-cycle and apoptosis regulatory molecules and induced a caspase-driven, mitochondrially mediated apoptosis in human prostate cancer 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.
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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