Ginger is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant that originated from China. It’s been hailed by many cultures as a spice of the heaven, and many of us have had a love affair with this spicy plant. Some of us use ginger in cooking or smoothies, or as a tea or supplement. Others love the zing from gingerbread cookies. Including ginger in your diet regularly is a good thing because it’s health benefits are phenomenal.
This potent little herb is known for its high antioxidant value and potent anti-inflammatory action. It’s used to treat arthritis, improve cardiovascular function and blood sugar control, and act as a digestive aid. But, did you know it can also reduce your risk of cancer?
Ginger has powerful medicinal compounds beneath its knobby exterior. Gingerol! Of the 115 different chemical components found in ginger root, the therapeutic benefits come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially gingerol, have been thoroughly evaluated clinically, and the research backs up why you should use ginger on a regular basis. But, hold on, there is another compound that may be even more powerful than gingerol. Enter shogaol! While science is still unraveling the mass beneficial compounds of ginger, we are all aware of its effect on aging and disease.
Ginger is 10,000x Stronger Than Chemo & Only Kills Cancer Cells
Turmeric has long been honored for its effect on cancer, but new research has shown that its cousin ginger is just as powerful. Not only that, an active compound in ginger has potentially been found to be more effective than some cancer medications at killing cancer. There is even preliminary evidence of some cancer medications being ineffective and actually accelerating the death of cancer patients.
Cancer stem cells pose a serious obstacle to cancer therapy as they can be responsible for poor prognosis and tumor relapse. Added to this misery, very few chemotherapeutic compounds show promise to kill these cells. As cancer stem cells continue to circulate in the body, they stand ready to re-form tumors. Research has shown that cancer stem cells are resistant to paclitaxel, doxorubicin, and other cancer-fighting drugs, and these cancers return much stronger and harder to treat. Therefore any compounds, like shogoal, that shows promise towards cancer stem cells, is a highly desirable step towards cancer treatment and should be followed up for further development.
Indigestion and Nausea
Ginger has been used for thousand of years as an effective digestive aid and a natural remedy for nausea. Ginger can help people who get bloated, constipated and have other gastrointestinal disorders. It relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut lining and helps food move along throughout the system. Knowing this should encourage us to include ginger in our diet daily through juicing, tea, eating it whole, or even inhaling diffused ginger essential oil.
Fungal infections are difficult to treat because unlike bacteria, fungi are eukaryotes. These are increasingly becoming resistant to conventional medicine. But, they don’t stand a chance against ginger. A recent study showed ginger extract to be the most effective in killing fungus. A powerful antifungal formula is several drops of pure ginger essential oil with tea tree oil and one teaspoon of organic cold pressed coconut oil. Apply three times daily.
Ulcers and GERD
Researchers have long know that ginger can cure stomach ulcers. It has a long-standing reputation for soothing stomach disorders. Chinese sailors have used it for motion sickness for at least a thousand years, and many people have found it helpful for an upset stomach. One study showed ginger to be 6 – 8 times more potent than a popular drug of choice for treating GERD.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and has been used for thousands of years to cure pain. Ginger helps relieve nausea, arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps and muscle soreness.
Daily Dose of Ginger
Fresh ginger is best. For the most powerful cancer-fighting properties, dried ginger is the highest in shogaol. Fresh ginger is highest in gingerol. Here are a few suggestions on getting your daily dose of ginger.
Raw ginger: You can add raw ginger to smoothies or freshly homemade juices.
Ginger tea: Pour boiling water over a chunk of raw ginger and let it steep. Add some freshly squeezed lemon and raw honey and you have a perfect stomach or cold weather tonic.
Ginger essential oil: The most potent form of ginger is ginger essential oil because of its high levels of gingerol. It can be taken orally or rubbed on topically. Typically, two to three drops of essential oil are the recommended therapeutic dose.