In The News: Ginger May Keep Cancer At Bay

| 10/12/2011 10:38:58 AM

J.PattonGinger (Zingiber officinale), a staple in Asian cooking, has been used for thousands of years as both a culinary and medicinal herb.

The first uses of ginger date back to 400 B.C. Through the centuries, the herb has been used to treat stomach-related ailments, such as nausea and diarrhea, and toothache as well. Ginger has also been known to help stimulate the appetite and aid in digestion. Today, ginger is a common remedy for motion sickness due to traveling and morning sickness associated with pregnancy.

Discover the fascinating history behind this versatile herb.  

Researchers have found yet another reason to bring ginger to the front of your spice rack.
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Now, researchers think they have found yet another benefit from indulging in a diet rich in ginger. This herb could help fight cancer.

In previous studies, when fed to mice and rats that were exposed to chemicals known to cause colon cancer, tumors were non-existent. So, researchers decided to turn their studies to humans to see if these effects would carry over.