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10 Health Benefits of Ginger – Prevent Cancer, Inflammation, and More

Mike Barrett
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April 24th, 2012
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Ginger truly does top the list of effective natural home remedies. Being used throughout history by different cultures around the world, ginger harnesses an incredible healing power proven for a host of ailments. The spice is packed with essential nutrients and rejuvenating compounds. While ginger has been shown to help countless ‘minor’ problems such as an upset stomach, amazingly the health benefits of ginger also include combating cancer more effectively than pharmaceutical cancer drugs.

Health Benefits of Ginger – Revealing Amazing Healing Power

1. Ginger is a Powerful Cancer Fighter

While ginger helps common illnesses, it’s positive effect on more serious health conditions can not be disregarded. One such serious health condition that ginger has been known to help treat for years is ovarian cancer. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found out through their research that ginger can also destroy ovarian cancer cells. What’s more, they found that ginger triggered two types of cell death – apoptosis and autophagy. “Apoptosis…results from cancer cells essentially committing suicide. The other type of cell death, called autophagy, results from cells digesting or attacking themselves.”

“In multiple ovarian cancer cell lines, we found that ginger induced cell death at a similar or better rate than the platinum-based chemotherapy drugs typically used to treat ovarian cancer,” says Jennifer Rhode, M.D., a gynecologic oncology fellow at the U-M Medical School.

Aside from helping to treat ovarian cancer, ginger also offers plenty of protective benefits for colon cancer. The University studied how ginger could hinder the progression of colorectal cancer cells. One trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown that those consuming ginger root had lower levels of colon inflammation and inflammation of the intestines, thereby helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Other studies have also shown that ginger could help tumor formation for those exposed to a cancer-causing chemical.

Related Read: 4 Anti-Cancer Foods

What’s most impressive regarding ginger’s place in protection against cancer, though, is it’s ability to outperform dangerous cancer drugs. The subject of one study based out of Georgia State University, whole ginger extract was revealed to shrink prostate tumor size by a whopping 56% in mice. But what about cancer drugs? Could this simple spice really topple the advanced pharmaceuticals that are often touted as the ‘only option’ for cancer patients by medical doctors? It turns out that cancer drugs are not only ineffective at permanently shrinking tumors, but they actually make tumors larger and kill the patient more quickly – something natural foods won’t do. The health benefits of ginger are looking even better.

2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties Help with Many Conditions

As mentioned earlier, ginger possesses awesome anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it may be what the root is best known for. The anti-inflammatory compounds responsible for significantly reducing inflammation are called gingerols. These compounds make ginger an amazing beneficial tool for various inflammatory-related health conditions.

In numerous research pieces, researches found that the compounds are responsible for reduction in pain and improvement in mobility for those with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. In two clinical studies, it was found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with muscular discomfort experienced relief of pain and/or swelling. In addition to pain levels decreasing, the compounds may also lessen swelling.

In addition to helping those with arthritis, ginger can also benefit those experiencing other diseases caused by or fueled by inflammation such as obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, numerous cancer types, and cardiovascular disease, to name a few.

But the health benefits of ginger don’t stop there.

3. Treating Heartburn/Acid Reflux with Ginger

Millions suffering from heartburn and indigestion might be saving a pretty penny if they gave ginger a try as a treatment for heartburn instead of the multi-billion dollar drug industry’s many acid-blockers. The costs of pharmaceuticals for acid reflux, known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, may well outweigh any potential benefit. These drugs have been known to increase risks of bone fractures, malabsorption issues, pneimonia, cancer, and Clostridum difficile.

Instead of turning to drugs, just try ginger. In a 2007 study published in the journal Molecular Research and Food Nutrition, researchers compared the anti-ulcer and anti-Helicobacter plyori (a bacteria linked to ulcers) properties of ginger and conventional acid-blockers like Lansoprazole, or Prevacid. Remarkably, ginger performed six to eight times better than the drugs. Rather than interfering with or removing stomach acid barrier (and thereby deactivating proteolytic enzymes and increasing risk of infection), ginger inhibits acid reflux and contains potent proteolytic enzymes.

Other Health Benefits of Ginger

  • 4. Cough - In addition to the countless other ginger benefits, it is also one of the most famous natural cures for cough. The ginger has to be partially sliced and boiled and to ensure potency, should be crushed a bit before boiling. This will help to draw out the active ingredients. Drinking ginger as a tea will ease sore throat, non-stop coughing and even congestion.
  • 5. Sore Throat – As with cough, upset stomach, and headaches, tea made with ginger is also great for a sore throat. Try one of the tea’s mentioned on this page, or boil a 1 inch piece of ginger root or a few slices, then add honey and/or lemon.
  • 6. Stuffy Nose/Congestion - Try having some ginger tea with coconut milk and local honey. This isn’t only for amazing taste; it breaks up phlegm and gives a boost to the immune system.
  • 7. Upset Stomach / Improved Digestion - Many herbs and spices are great for calming upset stomachs, and ginger is no exception. It’s the logic behind giving someone who’s seasick some ginger ale. Grate some ginger or pluck a few sprigs of mint leaves and steep in boiling water for a few minutes and enjoy with a spoonful of raw honey to subdue a bellyache.
  • 8. Headaches/Migraines - Herbs like peppermint, cayenne pepper and ginger can be beneficial in the treatment of headaches and migraines. Ginger is especially useful to combat the nausea that often accompanies migraine headaches. To use the 3 herbs together in tea as a natural pain reliever, mix a one inch piece of ginger with a teaspoon of dried peppermint and a pinch of cayenne in boiling water. Allow the mixture to seep for 15 minutes before drinking. Sweeten only with  honey or stevia.
  • 9. Toothache – Also among health benefits of ginger, using the spice as a home remedy for toothaches is something that has been passed down from generation to generation. Many people even experience immediate relief from the tooth pain. Try rubbing raw ginger into the gums or boil the ginger root, letting it cool and using it as a mouth rinse.
  • 10. Pain – In addition to helping treat pain associated with inflammation (joint pain), upset stomach, sore throat, and toothache, ginger can also help with muscle soreness. The compounds gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone found in ginger are more effective than drugs for inflammation drugs known as NSAIDS, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain. Try some ginger tea after a workout, and if it doesn’t work, try some other natural pain relievers.

Ginger Benefits Summary – Ginger is Great for:

  • Cancer protection
  • Heartburn/acid reflux/GERD
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Pain
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy Nose or Nasal Congestion
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Toothache
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling
  • Diseases caused by or fueled by inflammation such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, numerous cancer types, cardiovascular disease, and more

Originally, ginger was mostly used in China. These days, there are many plantations across the globe — particularly in East Africa and the Caribbean. This is why many branches of natural health care like herbal therapy, aroma therapy, ayurveda and naturopathy depend on the multiple gigner benefits.

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.

Additional Sources:

Annetterozen.Hubpages

HealthDiaries

Pubmed/20418184

ScienceDaily

Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Journal of Nutrition

American Association of Cancer Research

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail 10 Health Benefits of Ginger Prevent Cancer, Inflammation, and More Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • Horace Goins

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    My wife and I juice turmeric and ginger and place in icetrays for a refreshing hot or cold drink!!!!!!

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    Ginger and turmeric are two healthy ingredents in Mike’s Health Cocktail. Google it thr recipe is free.

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    Ginger is part of a Family of 1300 plants/rhizomes that have exceptional medicinal properties. Turmeric is part of that Family and it's benefits are well known and documented. We use successfully various fresh plants of the Ginger/Turmeric Family for treatment, reversal, healing, cure of Pain, range of motion issues, inflammation, other. These plants have been part of Thai traditional healing practices for Centuries, yet only fresh prepared optimum results are achieved. Our Clients experience the healing powers after the treatment, often depending on issues only few treatments are required.
    Over time surly other benefits of these plants will be discovered if enough research is being done.

  • jackie

    This article really opened my eyes toward ginger! Suffering through horrendous motion sickness spells I’ve used ginger ale, ginger snaps, &I even crystallized ginger to get me through, but how I incorporate it will change now!
    (The only negative about this article is the misspelled words…seeing them makes you wonder about the authenticity of the article.)

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    Thank you for such important and very relevant material that you are sharing free of charge.

  • paula

    how exactly do i use ginger to obtain all these health benefits

    • Anarco

      Tea or extract or eating it I use tea plus I add gineseng and if you want a sweet flavor add some orgainc lemon jucie

      • S.Logan

        An excellent source of knowledge, I am using crystallised ginger chips for GERD.

  • http://youhealthylife.blogspot.com/ rasyid

    in Indonesia sometimes we make ginger ale handy to warm the body. just need some fresh ginger and crushed then burned briefly, then put in a hot water or coffee plus a little sugar. grace

  • Debbie

    How much Ginger do you take a day .also how would you take garlic to help your blood pressure

  • http://fith2o.com PJ Ferguson – Health

    Thanks for the tips! Always love how nature's 'cures' are usually staring us in the face :)

  • prof.chughtai

    can ginger helpful rehmatic arthritus because of autoimmune disease like SLE?

    Is their any food, herb to control autoimmune disorder and attached diseases? Thanks

  • edtscheng

    For more info. on cancer cure using herbs, please goggle 'sabah snake grass'. This story appeared in our local newspapers. A man with stage 4 cancer cured within 2/3 months eating these leaves. Some videos in youtube but mostly in Mandarin.

    http://goodguy.hubpages.com/hub/Herbal-cure-for-c

  • http://www.nigeriahealthforum.com/ NigeriaHealth

    whoa! this is great,I never knew all this about ginger thanks so much for this information.

  • Dindo Navarro

    organic drugs will not take effect immidiately because they must be synthesized before it will be ustilize by the body. not just like synthetic drugs that feel its effect instantly.

    the effect of organic medicines is gradual, but they have a lasting effects not just like synthetic drugs.

  • mook

    Please note that the report said that ginger caused cancer cells to die when applied directly to the cells. There is no reseach whatsoever that says that ingesting ginger prevents cancer. Your article is at best misleadeing, at worst, dangerous.

    • Mick

      i can say most of cancer drugs for humans is not as effective as natural ingredients, and this is coming from personal proof, i dont believe in the medical system and never have i believe that natural ingredients are more effective and this is my personal opion it should not be judged but considered and left alone we all have a right!

      • Anonymous

        Well said !

  • OLUBUKOLA

    can ginger cure polycystic kidney disease?

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      I want an answer on this question please.

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