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Benefits of ginger in prostate cancer

March 28, 2012

Regular consumption of fruits, vegetables and Herbs & Spices are linked with some anti-cancer benefits.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is also coming under increasing scrutiny and is known to be an source of several bioactive phenolics (gingerols, paradols, shogaols and gingerones).

On these pages recently we have seen how Ginger has been studied and can display anti-inflammatory & antioxidant activities.

In this study, Karna et al investigated ginger extract and its growth-inhibitory and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells.

Comprehensive studies have confirmed that ginger extracts disturbed cell-cycle progression, impaired reproductive capacity, modulated cell-cycle and apoptosis regulatory molecules and induced apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells.

Tumour tissue from an animal model showed reduced proliferation index and widespread apoptosis compared with controls and did not exert any detectable toxicity in normal, rapidly dividing tissues such as gut and bone marrow.

The authors add that to the best of their knowledge, this is the first report to demonstrate the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity of Ginger for the management of prostate cancer.

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