Conventional medicine will tell you time and again that the MOST EFFECTIVE way to fight cancer is through either surgery, chemotherapy or radiation (or a dangerous combination of all three).
But more and more people are becoming aware that natural protocols, even specific natural substances, can kill cancer at its roots without the deadly side effects!
Ginger is a Superfood
You may love ginger for its taste and know it for its use in many recipes. Besides being a zesty addition to a meal, it is also a “super spice” and one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Ginger can clear up the lymph, is anti-inflammatory and helps to stimulate digestion.
In addition to all this, according to a study conducted by the Division of Cancer Research at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in India, ginger also contains 6-shogaol, a chemical which targets and kills cancer stem cells.
Ginger Targets Cancer Stem Cells
In general, stem cells are unique because they have the ability to reproduce themselves. Healthy stem cells help to renew organs and tissues. Cancer stem cells, however, have the ability to grow other cancer cells and can act as a reservoir that can then repopulate an organ or tissue after chemo, radiation or surgery. Most importantly, cancer stem cells can be a catalyst for metastasis, the process by which cancer in one part of the body travels to another part of the body.
According to the researchers, ginger is 10,000 more effective at killing cancer stems cells than conventional chemotherapy.
This involves explaining a little bit more about the unique properties of cancer stem cells. These cells make up less than 1 percent of the total number of cells in a tumor. What makes them so dangerous, however, is that they are very hard to destroy. For the most part, they cannot be killed by drug therapy.
Stem cells can also morph into other cell types. In the case of cancer stem cells, this means they can travel and create tumors in other organs of the body. This process of metastasis accounts for 90% of all cancer deaths.
In the Indian trials, 6-shogaol targeted Breast Cancer stem cells in many different ways. For example, it induced programmed cell death and also poisoned the cancer stem cells outright (cytotoxicity).
Ginger’s 6-Shogaol 10,000 More Effective Than Taxol
The researchers looked at how 6-Shogaol effected human Breast Cancer Stem cells and compared that to stem cell targeting of the chemotherapy drug, Taxol. First they conducted a one-dimensional, or monolayer, study of both 6-Shogaol and Taxol, which showed that both the ginger component and the drug effected cancer stem cells. But when they compared the two using a three-dimensional model (believed to be more accurate), they discovered that Taxol had very little effect on Breast Cancer stem cells. 6-shogaol, however, was still very effective.
Taxol’s result remained the same even when researchers increased the dosage 10,000 times.
Deadly Side Effects Versus No Side Effects
There are many known serious side effects of chemotherapy drugs. Here are some of the side effects of paclitaxel, the commercial form of Taxol used as a chemotherapy drug:
Cough / sore throat
Lower back or side pain
Painful urination/ blood in the stool
Shortness of breath
Skin rash or itching
Ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Tiredness or weakness
Weakness in the extremities
Tightness in the chest
Nausea or vomiting
Inflammation in the joints
The negative side effect of ginger? There are none.
Let Food Be Your Medicine
“Dietary compounds are welcome options for human diseases due to their time-tested acceptability by human bodies,” write the researchers of the 6-Shogaol/ Ginger study.This couldn’t have been said better. Food really is your medicine, and it is a form of medicine that works with your body’s amazing ability to heal itself, not against it.
So consider adding plenty or raw ginger to your juices, smoothies, and recipes. The essential oil of ginger and these ginger capsules are a great addition to your preventive or healing protocol.