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GINGER: THE IMMUNE SUPER FOOD
I Kept Getting Sick and This is What I Did!
Sometimes life seems full of more tricks than treats. This article is an introduction to the Power of Ginger by Michelle Tool at Healthy Holistic Living. Ginger has been, for me, an unexpected treat.
THE POWER OF GINGER
One study, conducted by Georgia State University found that ginger extract was able to reduce the size of a prostate tumor by 56% in mice. In addition to its effect on cancer, ginger was also observed to reduce inflammation and supply the mice with life enhancing antioxidants.
Another study published in PLoS found that one particular component in ginger known as 6-shagoal is superior to conventional cancer medication, namely chemotherapy, at targeting the cause of breast cancer malignancy: breast cancer stem cells.
Sometimes referred to as ‘mother cells,’ cancer stem cells are the cause of a wide range of cancers, not simply breast cancer. These ‘mother cells’ are responsible for creating the different ‘daughter cell types that make up the tumor colony. While cancer stem cells only constitute .2 to 1% of the cell makeup of the tumor, they seem to be almost immortal.
What that means is, these different cancer stem cells can self-renew, they are capable of continuous differentiation, are resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, and are capable of splitting off and forming new tumor colonies. The only way to fully ensure that your body is cancer free is to destroy the cancer stem cells within a tumor.
This new study found that the pungent constituent in ginger known as 6-shagoal was very active when it came to anti-cancer stem behavior. This constituent is produced when the root is either dried or cooked, two very common uses for ginger already. But there is something very specific about 6-shagoal that makes it potentially superior to some chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
Researchers found that these cancer-destroying effects occurred at concentrations that were non-toxic to non-cancer cells. That means that this particular component of ginger only killed cancer cells, leaving the healthy cells alone. This makes it very different from conventional cancer treatments that do not display that kind of selective toxicity.
When it comes to breast cancer, 6-shagoal significantly affects the cell cycle, resulting in the increased cancer cell death. It induces programmed cell death due through the induction of autophagy. It also inhibits breast cancer spheroids (lumps) from forming. But that isn’t the only astounding thing about 6-shagoal.
This study also found, that in tests of the cancer drug Taxol, it did not show the same level of effectiveness at destroying cancer stem cells and tumors as 6-shagoal. Even when the concentrations of Taxol were increased, it was still found that 6-shagoal was 10,000 times more effectively, stopping tumors from forming, and keeping healthy cells alive.
Although more research needs to be done to show how’ modern cancer medicine’ may not be as effective as natural remedies, this is promising preliminary research.
Check out this video about how Dry Ginger affects cancer!
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CONCLUSION: It has taken me 4+ years to figure out how to effectively boost my immune system. I now rely heavily in ginger to fight bacterial & viral infections and as a deterrent against cancer stem cells. I used to chase it with orange juice but now drink it straight – sipping it throughout the day. The improvement in how I feel is significant.
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