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Ginger Inhibits Ovarian Cancer Cell Growth

January 24, 2008 | 50,694 views

ginger, health benefitsGinger may be useful for treating and preventing ovarian cancer, according to a new study.

The spicy root not only has antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties, but the study also found that the ginger component gingerol exerts anti-inflammatory effects by mediating NF-KB, a protein complex that regulates your immune system’s response to infection.

In the study of cultured ovarian cancer cells, ginger inhibited growth and modulated secretion of angiogenic factors, which is a fundamental step in the transition of tumors from a dormant state to a malignant state.

The ginger also inhibited vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin-8 (IL-8), two compounds that are related to cancer growth.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Spices like ginger can be a wonderful addition to your diet, provided you enjoy them. As some VitalVotes readers have said, if ginger doesn’t agree with you for one reason or another, this is your body’s way of telling you to avoid it.

Personally, I don’t care for ginger very much, but for those of you who enjoy this spicy, warming root, you should know that it has potent health-promoting properties, and can be used for:
Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea with a little bit of raw honey added, or grated into vegetable juice or a homemade salad dressing. It also can be eaten lightly sautéed with other vegetables, meat, sesame oil and a little sea salt.

Powder capsules are also available, but  the fresh root is widely available in grocery stores and ethnic markets and is a far better option.

In terms of preventing ovarian cancer, eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables for your nutritional type is important, as is regular exercise and plenty of safe sun exposure.

You can also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by learning the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), my most highly recommended energy psychology tool, to address any emotional traumas that could manifest into disease.

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