Eat Gingerly for Your Health
Ginger has been investigated for its anti-nausea and its back in the new as a possible preventive for colon cancer.
In a National Cancer Instituted-funded phase 2 study conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, researchers found that ginger reduces inflammation in the intestines, which could reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Specifically, ginger acts against the COX enzymes, which influence the chronic inflammation associated with colon cancer.
The study looked at 30 subjects who were randomized to receive either 2 grams of ground ginger root extract or a placed each day for 28 days. The inflamtion of the subject who took the ginger decreased by an average of 28 percent. According to Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, lead author of the study and a naturopathic physician (a four-year degree program that supplement a traditonal medicine education- one of seven programs in (North America).
While no one is recommending daily ginger yet, Zick say the research should continue.
We need to apply the same rigor to the sorts of question about the effect of ginger root that we apply to other clinical trial research, “ she says. “ interest in this is only going to increase as people look for way to prevent cancer that are nontoxic and improve their quality of life in a cost – effective way.” –Kathy LaTour