Ginger Root May Help Prevent Colon Cancer
Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School conducted a study showing that ginger root significantly reduces inflammation of the colon, a precursor to colon cancer.
Colon cancer is an increasingly common affliction in the United States with an expected 101,000 new diagnoses in 2011, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The findings were published on October 11, 2011 in Cancer Prevention Research.
The study participants included 30 healthy individuals at normal risk for colon cancer. Colon biopsies were conducted at the beginning of the study. The participants were randomly chosen to consume either .75 oz of ginger root supplement daily or .75 oz of a placebo for 28 days.
When compared to the placebo group, the ginger root group had significant reductions in markers of colon inflammation at the conclusion of the study. The researchers noted that further studies need to be conducted to determine the extent of possible benefits from ginger root with regards to colon cancer.
Several ways to help prevent colon cancer include sticking to a low-fat/high-fiber diet, not smoking, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
Ginger root is used as a folk remedy for upset stomach in cultures across the globe. It has also been linked to easing arthritis pain, calming headaches, and for intense menstrual cramps. It can be consumed raw, cooked, or in a tea form.