"ginger root" news and stories
The researchers at the University of Michigan recently announced that they believe ginger may kill cancer cells. Before you rush out to the store, though, you should know how the experiment was done. Powdered ginger root was applied to test samples of ovarian cancer cells - a type of cancer that is notoriously difficult to treat. The ginger caused the cells both to die and to self-digest. The researchers are hopeful that there is a component, a chemical in ginger that may be able to form the base of new cancer-treating drugs in the future and believe that the cancerous cells would be unable to build up a resistance to it, due to they way the ginger effects them. If nothing else, the scientists seem to be confident that ginger might be able to help current chemotherapy treatments become more effective.
While more results are needed to fully corroborate this conclusion, ginger does have other health benefits, in addition to being a wonderful spice, including the abilities to quell nausea and reduce inflammation. Simply increasing your intake of ginger, however, is unlikely to result in significant health benefits, at least in terms of cancer treatment.