Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ginger Extract may prevent Prostate Cancer

Known for its healing effect for many decades now, Ginger became even more popular when the group of scientists from the Georgia State University  discovered, through their initial study, that the whole ginger extract carries a potential cancer-preventing component in prostate cancer

The group found out that a whole ginger has significant effects in stopping the growth of cancer cells and without toxicity on normal tissues, the initial study also revealed a 60 percent tumor regression.

Prostate cancer, one of the leading cancer diseases among men in recent years, starts in the gland cells of men, it is considered to be a very slow progressing disease and almost unnoticed because it has no chronic symptoms.

Symptoms of prostate cancer includes:
  • Urinates often
  • Find it hard to start urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Urination is painful
  • Bone pain in the spine
  • Leg weakness
There are no concrete details what are the real causes of prostate cancer other than hereditary, obesity, unhealthy lifestyle and age, but the disease can be best prevented by following a healthy and balanced diet of fruits and vegetables particularly cruciferous vegetables --- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, Collard Green, Kale --- and yellow orange vegetables like carrots and squash. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in sulforaphane and indole-3 carbinol known to carry anticarcinogenic properties.

The team is still conducting further research and trials to find out if whole ginger extract will really work triumphantly in preventing prostate cancer without the combinations of other plant extracts rich in antioxidants.

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