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Ginger Eases Inflammation Linked To Colon Cancer

November 01, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 132

In its long history of medicinal use, ginger is known as an antiseptic and an immune system booster with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It is used to relieve nausea, cold, flu, stomach discomfort, dizziness and joint pain. The therapeutic properties of ginger stem from its antioxidant effects and an ability to prevent the formation of inflammatory compounds, thanks to some of its bioactive phenolics, such as gingerols, paradols, shogaols, gingerones and zingerones.

Phenolic compounds are plant metabolites found in abundance throughout the plant kingdom. Their natural antioxidant properties have been linked to their protective role against against oxidative damage such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancers. Phenolic compounds are essential for the growth and reproduction of plants, and they are produced as a response for defending injured plants against pathogens.

Modern scientific research is showing support of ginger's exhibition of healing properties which could help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Ginger Prevents Inflammation In The Colon

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in men and women. Inflammation in the colon has been implicated in previous studies as a precursor to colon cancer. In animal studies, ginger inhibits different enzymes like LOX (lipoxygenases) and COX (cyclooxygenases) which play a role in the formation of eicosanoids enzymes (example prostaglandins) known to cause inflammation in the gut.

A research recently reported on Cancer Prevention Research found that people who consumed two grams of a ginger root supplement had their level of inflammation in the colon significantly reduced.

The study authors suggest 2 grams of ginger root in supplement form (which is equivalent to around 20 grams of raw ginger root), or about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger with a meal.

Add Fresh Ginger To Your Food

As more people are looking for natural ways and means to prevent cancer and improve the quality of their lives without depending on drugs, whole foods like ginger will continue to remain in the spotlight as its healing activities are studied.

Just as ginger is a popular ingredient in Asian dishes, you too can incorporate it daily into your cooking. Cut or grate fresh ginger and add it to your stew, fried dishes or soups. You can also marinate meat with grated ginger. If you cook rice using a rice cooker or on the stove, put in ginger (sliced or chopped) as the rice is cooking or steaming to allow the ginger aroma to penetrate. Try a cup of ginger tea too, simply by cutting a few slices infused in hot water.

To learn more about cancer preventive strategies, head over to the health journal Tips Of All Sorts. To get a headstart on a full dietary and healthy lifestyle plan, check out the Total Health Program.

Tips Of All Sorts is a health reporter's journal with notes on modern day issues that matter to everyday living.

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