Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger adds a special flavor and zest to stir fries and many fruit and vegetable dishes. Ginger’s benefits as a healing food are well-known in Asia where it is frequently called “the universal medicine.” Ginger is regarded as an excellent “carminative” (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and “intestinal spasmolytic” (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).

Ginger’s anti-vomiting action has been shown to be very useful in reducing the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Ginger’s effectiveness as a digestive aid is due largely to its active phytonutrient ingredients: “gingerols” and “shogaols.” These substances help to neutralize stomach acids, enhance the secretion of digestive juices (stimulating the appetite), and tone the muscles of the digestive tract. But that’s not all. Both gingerols and shogaols have been shown to fight cancer as well.

Gingerols are phytonutrients responsible for ginger’s distinctive flavor. Scientific research has been shown that gingerols have antibacterial properties to inhibit the growth of “helicobacter pylori,” involved in the development of gastric and colon cancer and suppress the growth of human colorectal carcinomas. Lab experiments presented by Dr. Rebecca Lui at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer showed that gingerols kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and phagocytosis (self-digestion).

In a 2007 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Dr. Chung-Yi Chen presented compelling evidence that ginger’s shogaols effectively induce apoptosis in cancer cells. A 2007 Rutgers University study supported the cancer-fighting properties of both shogaols and gingerols.

Ginger has been shown to reduce the stickiness of blood platelets and may thereby reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. It is an outstanding source of manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, and vitamin B6. Ginger is one of the world’s healthiest foods to be consumed freshly grated, dried ground, or as a tea. Remember that the phytonutrients in ginger are heat sensitive, so for maximum effectiveness, you should eat fresh ginger root and/ or take a ginger supplement (such as ginger root powder or ginger extract).

A man named Bill, a former Stage 4 cancer patient who cured his cancer with ginger. For a 150-pound person, Bill recommends taking between 4 and six grams of ginger root powder per day. The ginger root should be taken for one to three days. His exact word are, “I had previously been using ginger root powder in 500mg capsules for stomach upset. But then tried it successfully at a higher than label dosage instead of antibiotic. When prostate cancer spread to and blocked my colon, I tried ginger. I took up to six capsules, four times a day. I was very lucky. It worked!”

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