A 16-year-old in Virginia stunned audiences at the state science fair when she revealed that consuming ginger may result in killing off certain cancer cells.
While this may arrive as recent news to some, researchers have been evaluating the effects of ginger on cancer cells for several years.
“Ginger has been known to display anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities, indicating its promising role as a chemopreventive agent,” one study notes from 2012. The study titled, “Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer,” found that mice treated with daily increments of ginger extract reduced cancerous growth by 56 percent, according to researchers.
“Comprehensive studies have confirmed that (ginger extract) perturbed cell-cycle progression, impaired reproductive capacity, modulated cell-cycle and apoptosis regulatory molecules and induced a caspase-driven, mitochondrially mediated apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells,” researchers conclude.
Ginger extract is noted to have antiproliferative qualities, meaning it can inhibit malevolent cell growth, which is common with metastasizing tumors.