Being an aromatic, pungent, and spicy ingredient, ginger actually adds a unique flavor to a variety of Asian dishes. Moreover, it is native to certain parts of Asia, like India, China, and Japan. It is also grown in parts of the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Ginger has been used in China and India because of its therapeutic properties for centuries. It is an excellent source of bioactive compounds and nutrients, which have numerous benefits.
Nutritional Value of Ginger:
Ginger is high in manganese and potassium that are minerals, which play a role in improving your heart health. In addition, manganese can help build resistance to disease and protect against any damage of the lining of your heart and circulatory system. Moreover, it also abounds in beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins B-complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Health Benefits of Ginger:
The potent anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it an incredible all-natural pain reliever. Namely, it has remarkable anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which help reduce inflammation and provide nerve, muscle and joint pain relief.
What’s more, it is also used to fight different types of stomach problems, such as upset stomach, morning sickness, motion sickness, loss of appetite, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), gas, colic, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and nausea after surgery, nausea triggered by conventional cancer treatments, nausea triggered by HIV/AIDS treatment, and more.
It is also used to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headache, cough, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, respiratory problems, diabetes, and menstrual pain. It can also relieve low back pain, stomach pain and chest pain.
Ginger May Help Fight Prostate and Ovarian Cancer
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the U.S. alone. But, ginger root may help in the treatment of many of these cancer cases.
The University of Michigan carried out research that showed ginger root can be used to destroy prostate and ovarian cancer cells. However, it does not trigger the side effects that usually come with standard cancer treatments.
According to the American Association for Cancer Research, in each case where ginger powder was used to kill cancer cells, they all were destroyed because of being exposed to the compound. This process is known as cancer cell death or apoptosis. Ginger can also cause the cancerous cells to attack one another. This process is known as autophagy.
Since ginger acts as an excellent natural remedy for patients undergoing chemotherapy, it could also be used in greater amounts to fight cancer of its own accord.
That’s not all, another study also confirmed the ability of ginger to kill ovarian cancer cells. Specifically, it helps inhibit the growth as well as modulate angiogenic factor secretion in ovarian cancer cells. This means that ginger may help prevent or treat ovarian cancer.
Furthermore, it has also been found that ginger could help fight prostate cancer. The results of an American study have recently been published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggesting that zingiber officinale (ginger extract) destroyed prostate cancer cells in humans. The good news is that it did not kill the healthy prostate cells. In short, whole ginger extract shrank the size of prostate tumors by up to 56%
Also, it has an ability to alleviate the uncomfortable side effects of radiation and chemo treatments. Plus, ginger does not lead to any toxicity when taken even in high doses.
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