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Ginger… fantastic spice with many health benefits!

Posted by Dr. Gray on Friday, May 29, 2009

Ginger is that deformed-potato-looking-thing in the produce aisle. It is actually the root of the ginger plant that you’re seeing. Historically, ginger has been used around the world for a wide variety of ailments. Interestingly enough, recent research is proving what nutritionists, herbologists, wisemen, and grandmas have known for centuries… food makes the best medicine!

Ginger has been shown to be an effective complement in treating so many conditions, I’ll only list the most common below:

  1. Motion Sickness
  2. Pregnancy-Related Nausea and Vomiting
  3. Chemotherapy Nausea
  4. Inflammation – great for arthritis!
  5. Migraine Headache Relief

Already used as a pain reliever for arthritis and migraines, and an effective remedy for nausea, ginger is ready to battle even more health foes. Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center believe ginger not only kills cancer cells, but also prevents them from becoming resilient to chemotherapy.

Scientists combined a solution of ginger powder and water with ovarian cancer cells; in every one of their tests, the cancer cells died from being in contact with the ginger. The cancer cells either committed “suicide” (apoptosis) or attacked themselves.

With the number of American women to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer close to 20,000 this year, a common root like ginger has found itself back in the scientific spotlight. Researchers are pushing for further studies of its attributes. Other advantages to the use of ginger are that it’s already available in a pill and there are hardly any reports of side effects.

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2 Responses to “Ginger… fantastic spice with many health benefits!”

  1. Peter said

    Great article. Do you hav any references for further information?

    These result match what ginger is supposed to do accourding to TCM.

  2. Dr. Gray said

    Not sure if I’m doing this right, but going to try to put a couple hyperlinks:

    Try these out:

    One article

    Another good one

    Here’s a fantastic product source that makes regular intake of ginger a little easier for those that don’t want to prepare and/or cook with fresh ginger

    Good article from the University of Maryland

    Hope that helps!

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