Did you hear the news? A new study on ginger root found this Chinese herbs helps reduce colon inflammation and may reduce colon cancer risk.
The interest in Chinese herbs is growing all the time. New studies on the cancer prevention properties on herbal remedies which have been used for centuries are multiplying. Westerners are learning some of the age old practices well known in Asia for centuries. Ginger is used both as a food and as a medicine in Asia cultures.
"Interest in this is only going to increase as people look for ways to prevent cancer that are nontoxic and improve their quality of life in a cost-effective way," said lead author Suzanna Zick in a news release. Zick is a naturopathic doctor and a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School.
This latest study on ginger root supplements found that evidence of ginger's benefits (2 grams daily) after just 28 days of use. The participants were at normal risk for cancer of the colon, they had no family history of the disease and no evidence of the disease. The participants underwent sigmoidoscopies at the beginning and end of the study. Researchers examined colon inflammation levels and found that those taking the supplements had a drop in colon inflammation markers as well as a tendency toward substantial decreases in other markers.
Ginger is often used for indigestion, nausea, upset stomach and digestive difficulties in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is very common to find a small amount of ginger root (2-3 grams ) in many Traditional Chinese herbal formulas to help balance and harmonize a formula of many herbs. I always keep some frozen ginger root tucked away in the freezer, just in case.
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