How Ginger Helps Fight and Protect Against Breast Cancer

How Ginger Helps Fight and Protect AgainstBreast CancerGinger and Breast Cancer

A recent study performed by researchers in the Biological Sciences Department, Faculty of Sciences at the King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia suggests that the crude extract obtained from ginger plants (also known as Zingiber officinale), causes the inhibition of cellular proliferation in breast cancer without causing any harm to the normal cells.

According to the latest research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, ginger is a favorable option in the treatment of breast carcinomas. This property is referred to as selective toxicity, and it is not present in the conventional treatment options.

The researchers have highlighted a significant issue that suggests that despite the recent advancement in the cancer treatment, breast cancer continues to be the commonest cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer deaths. Furthermore, it is also considered that breast cancer cells can develop resistance to treatment at some point. Therefore, it is highly desirable to discover newer agents that provide the growth suppression of both ER-positive and ER-negative breast cancers without causing potential side effects.

Researchers have stated that ginger is considered a powerful anticancer compound but the molecular mechanism responsible for its anti-cancer activity are still to be discovered. Depending on the older scientific records and considering the fact that herbal extracts are more effective than the purified components, a study was conducted to find out the effect of crude extract of ginger on the growth of cell lines of breast cancer.

Ginger is provided with the unique ability of positively regulating a variety of molecular mechanisms at the same time which include:

  • Inducing apoptosis that is the programmed death of cells
  • Up-regulating certain pro-apoptotic and anti-cancer genes such as Bax, p21, CDK inhibitor
  • Downregulating certain cancer-associated proteins and genes such as Bcl-2, NF-kb, Bcl-X, Mcl-1, CDK-4, C-Myc, hTERT, etc.

Apart from this, recent studies have also shown that there is also compound ginger called Gingerol which is found to have some anti-metastatic activities in the treatment of breast cancer.

The anti-cancer effect of ginger is not only limited to breast cancer, but its components are known to cause the inhibition of the lung cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

Ginger is considered a type of food that provides us with nutrition along with relieving the pain and disease. Nowadays it is used as a spice, food ingredient as well as in medicine by different cultures all over the world. It is suggested through modern research that ginger is associated with over hundred different health benefits.

It is believed that ginger was first originated in southern China thousands of years ago from there it is distributed to other parts of the world including Asia, West Africa, Caribbean and at the end India. India has now reached the status of the largest ginger producer. Recent evidence also suggests that Greece was also involved in the trade of ginger dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Research: Ginger Selectively Kills Breast Cancer Cells, September 9, 2015
Photo Source: 7 Benefits of Juicing Ginger

Dr. Adem GunesDr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

#1 Anticancer Vegetable

#1 Anti-Cancer VegetableBy: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

But anyway, back to beans. In terms of nutrient density, nutrients per calorie: are beans the most nutritious class of whole foods? Or is it fruit, nuts and seeds, vegetables, or whole grains? What should go on the base of a healthy eating pyramid? Beans, fruits, nuts, veggies, or grains?

Definitely vegetables, but which are the healthiest ones? A major advance was made this year ranking vegetables. Graphs like this that I’ve shared over the years that compare the antioxidant power of foods were all based on very primitive methods—basically just measuring how much a food slows down an oxidation reaction between two chemicals in a machine. That was the best we had, but it required a leap of faith that what was happening in the test tube could be extrapolated to what might happen in living human tissue.

This year, though, a landmark study was published, pitting 34 common vegetables against 8 different types of human cancers. Breast cancer, brain tumors, kidney cancer, lung cancer, childhood brain tumors, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and stomach cancer.

Let’s look at breast cancer—I’ll cover up the. What’s being measured is tumor cell proliferation. Here’s the control. You drip some water on a human breast tumor, and nothing happens—it’s still powering away at 100% growth rate. And these 7 vegetables appear useless against breast cancer, no different than placebo. But these 6 cut the cancer growth rate in half. And these 5 at the end stopped cancer growth completely—stopped these tumor cells dead in their tracks.

We need to eat a portfolio of vegetables. Take a look: radishes, do nothing against pancreatic cancer, in fact if anything they might accelerate growth but, against stomach cancer, they completely eliminated tumor cell growth. On the other hand, orange bell peppers don’t do much for stomach cancer, but can cut prostate cancer growth by more than 75%. So we need to eat a variety of vegetables, because each one tends to target different cancers.

If you’re particularly concerned about a specific cancer, like if you have a strong family history of breast cancer, then you can narrow it down and really nail those 5 or 6 veggies every day that excel at targeting breast tissue. But otherwise, to fight against any kind of cancer, we’ve got to eat a portfolio of vegetables to cover all our bases.

That doesn’t mean some veggies aren’t better than others. Some of these vegetables target multiple cancers at the same time. So using this groundbreaking new data, let’s play “Which is healthier.”

Building An Anti-Cancer Salad

Imagine you’re standing in line at one of those custom made-to-order salad places, where you get to choose your lettuce, choose your toppings, then choose your dressing. Lets assume that you don’t have a strong family history of any particular cancer, and so aren’t trying to hone in on avoiding one tumor over another.

First, let’s choose our lettuce. Boston, endive, radicchio, romaine, or spinach?
Out of the five, spinach is #1 against breast cancer—remember, the farther right the better it is at slowing down these cancer cells. #1 against brain tumors, #1 against kidney cancer, #1 against lung cancer, #1 against pediatric brain tumors—feed your kids spinach! #1 against pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and #1 against stomach cancer.

Now note it’s not #1 overall—there are 16 vegetables more powerful at stopping stomach cancer growth than spinach, but out of those five salad greens, spinach wins out across the board, against every cancer type tested.

What if the salad place said they were out of spinach, though? Which comes in second out of the four left to choose from.
For breast cancer, radicchio is #2. against brain tumors. radicchio, kidney cancer, radicchio, radicchio, romaine, radicchio, radicchio, and radicchio. So overall, out of those choices for greens, radicchio is number 2.

Back to the menu. Next we get to choose 4 toppings. Now there’s a long line of people behind you, all staring at you to make your choice. You don’t have time to ponder and pick the 4 absolute best, but you can at least make a guess as to roughly where on the graph they are.

According to this amazing new data, do carrots slow cancer cell growth rates more than 50%? Yes or no?
The answer is no. So shredded carrots aren’t going to make our top four toppings choice.

What about shredded beets? Yes or no?
Yes. Super yes! Brain tumor? Just beet it. Kidney cancer is a no, close to 50%, but not quite there. And then yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. So overall, yes for beets.

Are we putting cucumber on out salad? Yes? No?
As tasty as they may be… no. For most cancers it suppressed tumor cell growth less than 50%

What about a tomato? Yes or no?
No tomato either.

What about a potato? You can actually put potatoes onto your salad. Yes or no?
No potato either. Wait a second, no iceberg lettuce, carrots, cucumber, tomatos, potatos—that’s all people eat! That’s the problem. Even people eating their vegetables, aren’t really eating their vegetables. The majority of veggies people commonly eat have little effect.

Cutting to the chase: The line at the salad place is now out the door at this point. In this study there was one clear winner. One vegetable that completely 100% stopped cancer growth in 7 out of the 8 tumor lines. One of the most important findings of the year: which vegetable was it?

Was it bok choi? Broccoli. Brussel sprouts, fiddlehead ferns, garlic, kale, or red cabbage?

Number one against breast cancer? Garlic. Number one against brain tumors: garlic. Number two against kidney cancer: garlic. Lung cancer: garlic. Childhood brain tumors: garlic. Pancreatic cancer: garlic. Prostate cancer: garlic. And stomach cancer? Garlic. So might I suggest a garlicky salad dressing?

Wait a second, though. Is it just that garlic is toxic to all cells? Yes, it stops the growth of cancer cells, but maybe it stops the growth of healthy cells too? That wouldn’t be good. They tested for that. The black bars are cancer cells; the white bars are normal cells. As you can see garlic slams cancer cells, but doesn’t touch normal cells, and the same thing with pretty much all the vegetables. They’re selective; they go after the cancer cells but leave the normal cells alone. Veggies are amazing.

Now if you didn’t pick garlic and instead chose one of those others you probably weren’t far off. The two best families of vegetables for cancer prevention are the cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and the allium family vegetables, like garlic, onions, and leeks. Let me just run through this one last time to highlight this important fact.

Starting from the beginning. Cruciferous vegetables in green; allium vegetables in yellow. What I want you to notice is the clustering of colors over on the right side, which illustrates the power of these two superfood classes of vegetables.

Whether for breast cancer, brain cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, or brain cancer. Interestingly you’ll notice that bok choy is often the odd one out, apparently the least healthy of the cruciferous vegetables. Pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and finally stomach cancer.

So you know all those recipes that start with garlic and onions and then throw you in some greens—that, is the way to eat.

The researchers conclude: “the inclusion of cruciferous and allium vegetables in the diet is essential for effective dietary-based chemopreventive strategies.”

Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.


Pumpkin Chili Recipe For A Cancer Free Lifestyle

Vegan Pumpkin Chili

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Autumn is the time of year pumpkins decorate our front steps, eventually carved for Halloween jack-o-lanterns, and gracing the table as pumpkin pie usually once a year for Thanksgiving. After November this healthy anti-cancer food is often ignored, disappearing from our diet for another 11 months. Breast Cancer Authority Blog presents a pumpkin recipe that helps fight breast cancer, and is delicious too!

Canned pumpkin (not the same as pumpkin pie filling!) has many of the same benefits of fresh pumpkin, but as with most processed foods, not all the benefits, so use fresh if you can. When available use organic ingredients.

1 – bag of meat-free crumbles (such as Boca Ground Crumbles)**
1 – medium onion, chopped
1 – cup canned pumpkin (or squash)
1 – 28 oz. can diced stewed tomatoes
1- 15 oz. can kidney or black beans, drained & rinsed
1 – 12 oz. bottle of chili sauce
1-2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

In a crock pot, combine all ingredients and slow cook on low for 3-4 hours.
On the stove in a soup pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer and for 1 hour.

Serve with your favorite chili toppings!

* if you like spicy chili, consider adding a touch of Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or cayenne pepper.
** You can substitute lentils, bulgur wheat, or more beans for the crumbles.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

The Secret to Aging Gracefully

Secret to Aging GracefullyBy Ellen Kamhi, PhD , RN, AHG, AHN-BC
The Natural Nurse®

Looking for the Fountain of Youth? We are all wanting to look and feel our best. Over the last decade the term anti-aging has become popular. I personally, prefer to use the term Aging Gracefully, or Healthy Aging, which more correctly mirrors the practice of slowing down the signs and symptoms that occur as people get older. These include: a change in skin tone and appearance, such as wrinkles and grey hair, as well as functional changes like memory loss, decreased brain function, and an increased risk for chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Healthy Aging focuses on slowing these changes and increasing overall feelings of health and wellness, into the golden years. The best way to do this ( beyond being blessed with longevity genes) is to eat small meals of mostly organic vegetables and small amounts of high quality protein, drink clean water,  and include moderate exercise and stress reduction techniques in your daily routine.

I have been a health practitioner for over 40 years, with a focus on natural health. The usefulness of particular practices becomes more apparent the longer we have to evaluate the outcome. The term ‘Anti-Aging’ is not regulated by any governing body, and can be widely used as a marketing ploy with no proof to back it up. To understand the attraction that ‘Anti-Aging’ has in the marketplace, just watch the sales figures soar as soon as this term is  thrown on the label.

There is an ongoing plethora of products, dietary supplements and skin care applicants that are heavily promoted for their youth enhancing and anti-aging properties, but only a very short list includes scientific evidence.  I have seen thousands of consumers jump on board with the latest ‘Anti- aging ‘ craze, only to do the same again ( with no effect) when the next product comes along. No matter how much money you spend, and how many pills and potions you pop, none of this will likely yield any kind of measureable response, without the basis of  healthy eating, exercise and a stress reduction regime. Both science and practical life observations support several activities that actually DO lead to increased health and longevity.  A Harvard Magazine article ( ), included information on the science behind anti-aging. Sirtuin activating compounds, or STACs- are cellular ‘signaling’ compounds that help cells to defend themselves from the effects of oxidative damage (similar to rusting), which causes aging. A few things have been found to increase Sirtuin: caloric restriction, moderate exercise, resveratrol ( found in wine and other compounds).  Other studies have shown that stress reduction, eating unprocessed vegetables and fruits, ALONG with other supplements, such as alph-lipoic acid, and carnosine , also offset the pro-aging effects of oxidative damage. Excellent foods to include in your youth enhancing diet are pomegranate, kale, swiss chard, brussel sprouts and most other fruits and vegetables, and fatty fish like wild salmon. Lifestyle choices that have the opposite effect, and lead to increased oxidative damage include consuming Trans-fats, all fried, processed, refined , and other ‘junk food’, high levels of stress , and lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle.

The best day to start to focus on healthy aging practices is when you are ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Of course, in hind sight, you can admonish yourself for not starting sooner, but one of the main tenets of recognizing the healing power of mind, body and spirit is to be kind to yourself for past mistakes, and to learn to use uplifting ‘self talk.’ It is certainly true that ‘the sooner the better’ is the best policy. For example, babies whose mothers consumed high amount of DHA while they were pregnant tend to have higher IQ’s and are more capable learners. (Oken E, et al. Associations of maternal fish intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding duration with attainment of developmental milestones in early childhood: a study from the Danish National Birth Cohort. Am J Clin Nutr 2008 September;88(3):789-96) Woman who exercise and get enough dietary calcium and Vitamin D while young tend to suffer less from osteoporosis. That’s because bone growth naturally slows down after 50, so the more dense bone that is already formed during youth, the better. However, that does not mean to ‘give up’. You can always be in better shape tomorrow by making different choices today!
Although, the younger healthy lifestyle choices are initiated the better, there is no time like the present- it is never too late. You can always be in better shape tomorrow by making different choices today!

As The Natural Nurse®, my personal focus has been to write books, host radio and television shows, and teach at conventional medical schools, to elevate the knowledge about the evidence behind the safety and efficacy of natural therapies. I also follow this lifestyle on a daily level, and have since 1964. I use organic food, eat a small amount, exercise daily, take herbs and supplements and practice stress reduction techniques. I also have the benefit of long lived, healthy relatives which indicate a positive genetic influence.

Ellen KamhiEllen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC , ( ) is a medical school professor, and author of THE NATURAL MEDICINE CHEST and several other books, all of which contain specific anti-aging therapies.

Kale and Avocado Salad Recipe

Kale and Avocado Salad Recipe For Breast Cancer Prevention

By Chef Curt Robair Executive Chef at Menla Mountain Retreat.
Kale and Avocado Salad for an anti breast cancer diet. Kale and avocados are nutrient dense vegetables that contain powerful antioxidants that attacks free radicals which help strengthen the immune system and may help protect against breast cancer.

1 bunch organic kale
1 organic avocado
1 organic tomato
1 organic red onion
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 organic lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste

Wash & strip leaves off Kale & chop coarsely
Add avocado, lemon, olive oil & massage into Kale until tender
Chop tomato & red onion & add to Kale.
Salt & Pepper to taste

Chef Robair is the executive chef at Menla Mountain Retreat where he continues to serve local, organic,  healthy and wholesome  meals.

Chef CurtChef Robair Robair
Executive Chef Menla Mountain Retreat
Personal Chef / Cooking Instructor

Krishna Dish|Anti Cancer Recipe

Krishna Dish | Anti CancerBy Diana Ross, Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

This is an old time favorite in my home. It is actually addictive it is so good. And – it is so easy and quick to make. The ingredients are great for supporting good health and have anti cancer properties.  You can also be creative and add your own favorite veggies.  It is so good you can eat it warmed up or cold. Just add some pink salt and enjoy.
Krishna Dish Ingredients
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 green pepper – chopped
1 red pepper – chopped
1 orange pepper – chopped
1 medium onion – chopped
1 head of broccoli – cut into small florets
6/8 shiitake mushrooms – sliced
1/3 cup of walnuts, cashews or almonds – pieces
1/3 cup raisins, cranberries or dried cherries
1/2 pound of macaroni, medium shells or small penne
Krishna Dish Mushrooms and Onions
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. pink salt
2 tbsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
black pepper


  1. Brown mushrooms with onions, then add chopped peppers, broccoli, dried  fruit and nuts.
  2. Prepare your macaroni.
  3. Add all together with spices.

Done! Easy! Delicious!

Serve with a tasty salad. You are going to love it….I hope.

Diana Ross
September 29, 2013

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.

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