Most of us like gingerbread cookies and ginger ale, but turns out ginger isn't just a tasty flavor in desserts and drinks. It may help fight cancer! A new study suggests that ginger supplements may help fight inflammation in the colon, which could help to prevent tumors and cancer in the colon.
Published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, the new research builds on other studies done in mice that found that ginger is an anti-inflammatory. This particular study looked at 30 healthy adults who took either a placebo or supplements containing two grams of powered ginger root for four weeks. Researchers took tissue samples from the study participants both before and after the study, testing for chemicals that indicate inflammation in the gut. They found that the ginger was able to decrease the level of inflammatory markers in the gut tissue compared to the placebo. Increased inflammation and chronic inflammation in the gut tissue is highly associated with developing precancerous lesions or cancerous polyps, according to WebMD.
Larger studies and more research is needed to prove these health benefits of ginger, but it's certainly encouraging. Do you eat ginger? What's your favorite way to include it in your diet?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.