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Study Suggests Ginger Helps Reduce Colon Cancer
Monday 20th of August 2012

Latest research has shown that the popular spice Ginger, may help to combat against colon cancer. This disease is one of the most commonest in the UK killing on average 50 people each day.

The study used the popular spice Ginger, which is the root of the plant Zingiber officinale and has been used for many years not only as a food flavouring but also for its numerous medicinal purposes. It has been found to possess anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties and is a popular remedy for nausea, respiratory conditions and arthritic conditions.

Recently, researchers from the University of Michigan have discovered that ginger reduces biomarkers for colorectal cancer. It also decreased the incidence and number of tumors in rats, leading researchers to believe ginger could be used both as a preventive measure and as a treatment for colorectal cancer in humans.
Thirty healthy volunteers took either 2 g of ginger extract per day or a placebo for 28 days. After this time, levels of colon inflammation were significantly reduced in the group who took ginger. Colon inflammation is considered a pre-cursor or biomarker for the development of colon cancer.

Ginger may act by reducing inflammation through blocking eicosanoids, or signalling molecules of the central nervous system. These signalling molecules control the immune response of inflammation.

Researchers say "on the basis of these results, it seems that ginger has the potential to decrease eicosanoid levels, perhaps by inhibiting their synthesis from arachidonic acid. Ginger also seemed to be tolerable and safe. Further investigation in people at high risk for CRC seems warranted."

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