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Heart Disease Ginger helps the heart in a myriad of


ways. Studies have verified ginger’s potent ability to lower blood pressure, also re- ferred to as cardiodepressant activity. Re- searchers have identified ginger’s “signifi- cant intrinsic activity on smooth muscle” of the heart, which was observed by re- searchers exploring ginger’s traditional uses for cardiopathy, high blood pressure, pal- pitations. and as a vasodilator to improve circulation. An eye-opening 2016 animal study demonstrated the powerful cardio- protective properties of ginger as it relates to damage already done to the heart, in this case by diabetes. Researchers unequivo- cally concluded that “ginger extract sig- nificantly reduces heart structural abnor- malities in diabetic rats.” 2017 cross-sectional study titled,


Evaluation of daily ginger consumption for the prevention of chronic diseases in adults, examined whether daily ginger consumption - as well as how much ginger - impacted the symptoms of chronic dis- eases like hypertension and coronary heart disease, or CHD. Results showed that daily ginger consumption was associated with decreased risk for hypertension and CHD, with the probability for both ill- nesses decreasing when the amount of daily ginger intake increased. A September 2017 scientific review examined ginger and several other therapeutic herbs and spices for evidence of antioxidant activity, and Impact on human health. Ginger and garlic were determined to have “exten- sively therapeutic effects...especially for cardiovascular diseases.” Ginger’s anti- carcinogenic properties were also noted in this study.


Stroke Described as a “brain attack,” cerebral


apoplexy, otherwise known as stroke, oc- curs when one or more areas of the brain are damaged due to oxygen deprivation. The fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, ginger’s usefulness for stroke lies in its antioxidant and anti-inflammato- ry properties. In 2006, a human study was conducted on eighty-two adults suffering stroke-induced brain damage which brought on urination disorders due to flac- cid or spastic bladder. Moxibustion treat- ment, a type of heat therapy where materi- als are warmed and placed on or near the skin, using ginger and salt was applied to the treatment group five times each week. After three weeks, numerous factors im-


proved for the treatment group which were not observed in the control group, includ- ing less frequent urination, less urgency to urinate, and decreased incontinence. Re- searchers concluded that “ginger-salt- partitioned moxibustion is a safe and ef- fective therapy for urination disorders post-stroke.” A study released in October 2016 examined one of the active constituents of ginger known as 6-Shogaol, an isolate known to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Oxidative stress and inflammation are closely associated with restricted blood supply, a primary factor of stroke, and can eventually result in brain cell death. Conversely, substances that are antioxidant and reduce inflamma- tion are potentially therapeutic for disor- ders of the brain and central nervous sys- tem. This study’s aim was to evaluate if daily, oral doses of 6-shogaol exerts neu- roprotective activity in mice. After seven days, researchers observed that mice fed 6-shogaol demonstrated “significantly re- duced neurological deficit scores” as well as a reduced “mean infarct area,” indicat- ing a return of healthy blood flow to the brain. Improved behavioral deficits were also observed, and inflammatory markers in the brain were reduced. Researchers concluded that 6-shogaol can improve outcomes of stroke-induced brain damage, and has demonstrated benefit as a potential preventative of stroke.


Cancer With over 420 PubMed abstracts on


ginger’s usefulness for cancer, science has clearly corroborated the chemoprotective properties of this amazing herbal medicine. Some of the most promising studies include an October 2015 study exploring the po- tential to synthesize effective anticancer drugs from ginger’s active constituents. Once again, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions of 6-shogaol were highlighted as presenting “a promising op- portunity to identify novel anticancer compounds originating from ginger.” An- other landmark study on ginger’s potential benefits for cancer sufferers found that ginger is 10,000 times stronger than the chemotherapy drug Taxol. This study deter- mined that 6-shogaol was more effective than chemo at targeting the root cause of breast cancer malignancy, namely, the stem cells or “mother cells” that are responsible for spawning “daughter cells” that make-up the tumor colony. The contrast in ginger’s


effectiveness as compared to Taxol was staggering. Per the researchers: "Taxol...did not show activity against the [cancer cells] even at 10,000-fold higher concentration compared to 6-shogaol." 6-shogaol isn’t the only bioactive constituent in ginger that cancer research- ers are excited about. 6-Gingerol has also been reported to exert antitumor activities. A 2014 study of 6-gingerol and its effect on cancer cells, found that it was exten- sively metabolized by both human and animal cancer cells, where it had a cyto- toxic effect, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and contributing to the death of cells. Further studies confirm that while these active elements in ginger are toxic to can- cer cells, they have no negative effect on healthy cells, a far superior effect than toxic chemotherapy drugs. Multiple studies on ginger’s antiemetic properties have found that ginger provides further thera- peutic benefit to cancer patients by helping to ease the nausea often associated with traditional cancer treatments.


Diabetes A great amount of focus has been paid


to ginger’s ability to normalize digestive processes, such as soothing nausea and


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