Ginger – A cancer-killer lurking in your kitchen
The Malays have long known the benefit of ginger. Mix with honey and warm water, the mixture will soothe your sore throat. Mothers in confinement will also be grateful for the ‘heating’ power of ginger during the period. Women who experience menstral pains would also like to try the ginger drink before or during their period. Apart from these, read on the following benefits of ginger.
The powerful healing effects of ginger have been well documented. It’s a proven remedy for upset stomach. Reams of studies show that it inhibits inflammation. And there is substantial evidence that it fights cancer too.
For instance, a recent University of Michigan study showed that when ginger was added to ovarian cancer cells in the laboratory, it caused the cancer cells to self-destruct (a process known as “apoptosis”). In a separate study at the University of Minnesota , researchers injected colon cancer cells into mice that were bred to have no immune system.
Half of these mice were routinely fed gingerol, the main active component in ginger. The researchers found that the mice that were fed gingerol lived longer, their tumors were smaller, and the cancer did not spread as widely as in the control group.
With all these health benefits, you should be using ginger as often as you can. The best way I’ve found to get a healthy serving of ginger is to juice it. (The brand of juicer I use is an Omega.) Two or three days a week, I juice an apple or two, some carrots, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and a big piece of ginger root. The ginger gives the drink a great flavor and a powerful anti-cancer kick.