Ginger: A Natural Cancer Fighter
Claims have been made that ginger may be better at fighting cancer than chemotherapy (which wouldn’t be all that hard since chemotherapy doesn’t kill the cancer stem cells – only the daughter cells that are produced by it).
But is there any truth to the claim that ginger works better than chemotherapy or that ginger even kills cancer cells at all?
First, let’s take a look first at what Readers Digest says about ginger, “A number of studies point to cancer-fighting properties of ginger. In one from the University of Michigan, ginger was found to cause ovarian cancer cells to die; in another, ginger root supplements reduced inflammation in the colon, which suggested that ginger may have potential as a preventive measure.” 
But what studies actually show this to be true?
A study published in 2015 called, “6-Shogaol Inhibits Breast Cancer Cells and Stem Cell-Like Spheroids by Modulation of Notch Signaling Pathway and Induction of Autophagic Cell Death”, found that 6-shogaol (a bio-active ingredient that is produced when ginger root is either dried or cooked) is superior to Taxol (a chemotherapy drug used for breast, ovarian, bladder, esophageal, and lung cancer) because it inhibits spheroids at concentrations which are safe to non-cancerous cells; which is a big difference from chemotherapy drugs that cause great damage to the body. You can read about the damage chemo drugs cause in my articles:
The authors of the study affirm, “Cancer stem cells pose a serious obstacle to cancer therapy as they can be responsible for poor prognosis and tumor relapse. To add to the misery, very few chemotherapeutic compounds show promise to kill these cells. Several researchers have shown that cancer stem cells are resistant to paclitaxel, doxorubicin, 5-fluorouracil, and platinum drugs. CSCs [cancer stem cells] are thus an almost unreachable population in tumors for chemotherapy. Therefore any compound, that shows promise towards cancer stem cells, is a highly desirable step towards cancer treatment and should be followed up for further development.” 
“In contrast [to 6-shogaol], Taxol, even though was highly active in monolayer cells, did not show activity against the spheroids even at 10000 fold higher concentration compared to 6-shogaol (Table 1).” 
Table 1 is shown here:
In another study called, “6-Shogaol from Dried Ginger Inhibits Growth of Prostate Cancer Cells Both In Vitro and In Vivo through Inhibition of STAT3 and NF-κB Signaling”, was published in 2014, found that “6-SHO [6-shogaol] effectively reduced survival and induced apoptosis of cultured human and mouse prostate cancer cells.” 
Sayer Ji, in response to the positive findings between ginger and cancer cells states, these findings affirm “a common theme in cancer research that acknowledges the primarily role of cancer stem cells: namely, while conventional techniques like surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are effective at reducing a tumor’s size, sometimes to the point where it is “debulked,” ”burned,” or “poisoned” out of the body even below the threshold of re-detection, the appearance of “winning the battle” often comes at a steep price, as ultimately the cancer stem cell population regrows the tumors, now with increased vengeance and metastatic invasiveness, resulting in the cancer “winning the war.”” 
In case you aren’t familiar with his name, Sayer Ji is a widely known author, lecturer, a member of the National Health Federation Advisory Board, and the founder of GreenMedInfo.com.
In 2015, another study was published called, “6-Shogaol, an Active Constituent of Dietary Ginger, Impairs Cancer Development and Lung Metastasis by Inhibiting the Secretion of CC-Chemokine Ligand 2 (CCL2) in Tumor-Associated Dendritic Cells”.
This study found that 6-Shogaol “decreases the metastasis of lung and breast cancers in mice. 6-Shogaol exerts significant anticancer effects on lung and breast cells in vitro and in vivo by targeting the CCL2 [CC-chemokine ligand 2] secreted by TADCs [tumor-associated dendritic cells]. Thus, 6-shogaol may have the potential of being an efficacious immunotherapeutic agent for cancers.” 
Basically, this study found that the bio-active ingredient in ginger, 6-shogaol, has significant anticancer properties and decreases the spread of lung and breast cancer in mice.
Above are three separate studies showing the amazing anticancer properties in ginger.
And what’s even more amazing is there are even more studies out there besides the ones I’ve listed.
Ginger can be added to smoothies, tea, oatmeal, or even sprinkled into mashed potatoes.
What is your favorite way to incorporate ginger into your diet?
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