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Ginger lowered gut inflammation

Ginger has two antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compounds, called gingerols and shogaols, which earlier lab studies had found protected against colon cancer. In this study, 33 participants with normal chances of developing colon cancer, and no family cancer history, took 2,000 mg of ginger root extract per day, or a placebo, for 28 days. Doctors said that the dose was equal to 7/10-ounce of raw ginger, a safe and reasonable dietary amount.

Before and after the study, researchers analyzed colon tissue for signs of inflammation. While there was no change for placebo, the ginger group had 28 percent lower levels of an enzyme the body releases in response to inflammation, including the type of inflammation that occurs in the early stages of colorectal cancer. Doctors are calling for more study to determine how much this inflammatory enzyme needs to decrease to prevent colon cancer.


Reference: Cancer Prevention Research; 2011, Vol. 4, No. 11, 1929-37


From the March 2012 newsletter


Van's Health on March - 24 - 2012
categories: Supplements