Whole ginger could help treat prostate cancer, experts claim

22 August 2011

Prostate cancer treatments could be enhanced through the prescription of whole ginger extract to patients, a recent study has found.

Whole ginger's anti-cancer properties were pinpointed following laboratory investigations from associate professor of biology Ritu Aneja at Georgia State University.

Prof Aneja determined that consuming 3.5 ounces daily of compounds present in the root of whole ginger would significantly arrest the development of the disease and actually kill off certain cancerous prostate cells.

Commenting on the findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Prof Aneja added: "The compounds we are seeking to identify may be low in abundance, but they may be very important and cannot be disregarded."

In another medical advancement instrumental in prostate cancer treatments, research in Sweden has proven the inhibitory effects of the naturally occurring compound galiellalactone on the STAT3 protein in cancer cells. The discovery was touted as beneficial for the development of further procedures for prostate cancer, as chemotherapy treatment has varying affects on the disease.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Karnaa, Prasanthi, et al., "Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer". British Journal of Nutrition. August 2011.

2 Bjartell, Anders, "Galiellalactone Inhibits Stem Cell-Like ALDH-Positive Prostate Cancer Cells". PLoS ONE. Friday August 12th 2011.

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