Ginger is a spice very close to the most potent natural cure for numerous diseases. It has many beneficial effects and uses. One of them is for curing cancer.
Turmeric is known to have effects in the treatment of cancer and recent studies have discovered that its cousin, the ginger, has the same effects and it is very potent. It was revealed that ginger is even more effective than some medications for treating cancer. It has been proved that some medications are inefficient and can even speed up the death in patients suffering from cancer.
The Power of Ginger
The Georgia State University conducted a research on mice and it has discovered that the ginger extract can reduce the size of the prostate tumor by 56 percent. Not only it reduces the effects of cancer, ginger also was proved to reduce inflammation and provide life-enhancing antioxidants to the mice.
The PLoS has also published a study according to which one ginger ingredient known as 6-shogaol is much better than the conventional cancer medication, the chemotherapy, because it only targets the root of the breast cancer- its stem cells.
These cells are quite often called “mother cells”. They often lead to a wide range of cancers, not only breast cancer. The mother cells create various daughter cells which invade the body. Even though the cancer stem cells constitute only .2 to 1% of the tumor cell constitution, they are almost immortal.
That suggests that the cancer stem cells can self renew and can differentiate continuously. They are also resistant to conventional chemotherapy and can sprit off and constitute new tumor colonies. The body can be said to be cancer free only if the cancer stem cells are killed off within the tumor.
According to the new study, this ginger substance, known as 6-shogaol, is quite active in the fight against the stem of the cancer. This ingredient is formed when the ginger root is cooked or dried, and can be used in a wide range of purposes. But, there is another thing, a particular one that makes ginger superior to chemotherapy.
The scientist have found out that these effects of destroying cancer of the ginger happen in condition where the amounts of the ginger extract do not have toxic effects on the non-cancerous cells. This means that 6-shogaol only destroys cancer cells and leaves the healthy ones untouched. This is a huge advantage when compared to the conventional cancer treatments that do not have this type of selective cytotoxicity and can really harm the patients.
In cases of breast cancer this ingredient, 6-shoagol also affects the cell cycle considerably, and this results in increased cancer cell death. These cells are almost programmed to die, in a way, through the induction of autophagy. It also reduced formation of breast cancer spheroids. Still, there are more amazing things and features of 6-shoagol.
This study also discovered and revealed that the examinations of the cancer drug taxol were not as effective as 6-shoagol when it comes to killing cancer stem cells. Even in circumstances of increased taxol concentrations, the 6-shoagol was still more effective in killing cancer stem cells for 10,000 times. This also means that 6-shoagol is far more effective in stopping the tumors from forming and keeping the health of the unaffected cells.
More research is required in the field of cancer and cancer treatment and it needs to be shown that the modern cancer medicine cannot be as efficient as the natural remedies are. We should understand how wrong is the way of treating a certain disease and in meantime making our body sick.
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