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.

How To Grow Ginger For Your Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Growing Ginger In A Breast Cancer Healing GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Growing ginger in a breast cancer healing garden is not only therapeutic but also beneficial because of the anticancer potential of ginger. It is well documented that gingers functional ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols are valuable ingredients which can prevent various cancers. Have you ever grown ginger? Care to give it a go? Just pick up a root from your grocery store’s produce section and get growing!

How To Pick A Ginger Root To Plant:
You’ll want to choose a root that’s fresh and firm with as many “fingers” as possible. To get as many plants as you can, cut or break the fingers off the main root. Each section with a growing tip will become a plant. Be sure to allow any cut surfaces to dry before planting them in moist soil.

Planting Ginger Root In A Pot:

  1. Simply pick a pot that’s at least twice the diameter as the length of your root section.
  2. Fill pot ¾ full with standard potting soil.
  3. Place the small root sections on the soil surface.
  4. Simply lay the ginger root on the top of the potting soil to “plant” it.
  5. Because ginger root tubers grow right near the soil surface, don’t bury them.

Growing Tips For Ginger Root In A Pot:

  • Water it well.
  • Your plant will survive dry spells, but to get the most consistent growth, keep it damp at all times.
  • Place your ginger pot in a spot where it’ll stay warm.
  • There’s no need to find a sunny spot on your windowsill. At this stage, your ginger actually grows better without direct sunshine.
  • Before you know it, you’ll see sprouts.

Ginger Growing In Breast Cancer GardenTransplanting Ginger Root To Your Garden:

  1. Start the ginger inside in late winter, that one root can produce four times that amount by fall.
  2. Because ginger root tubers grow right near the soil surface, don’t bury them when you transplant them to your garden.
  3. Transplanting it in your garden in late spring, once the weather’s warmed.
  4. When moving your ginger to your garden, choose a spot with rich, loose soil, and be sure to water it regularly.

Harvesting Your Ginger Root:

With proper care, your ginger can reach 2-4 feet tall. It’ll have narrow, glossy, green leaves that can be up to a foot long. Ginger roots can be harvested at any time, but you should let the plant grow for at least three to four months before harvesting. You’ll be able to see the ginger roots growing near the surface of the soil.

  • Studies say ginger’s peak flavor arrives at 265 days.
  • Get this long growing season by starting your ginger indoors as a houseplant early in the year and then
  • Ginger plant may produce yellowish flowers at the base of each stem.
  • Pull the roots from the ground and allow them to dry in the open air before removing the stalks and harvesting.
  • To harvest them, just trim off small sections whenever you need them, while the rest of the plant continues to grow.
  • The new roots that grow from the starter root will have the best flavor and texture.
  • The old starter root should be tossed out at the end of the season.

Breast Cancer-Related Effects of Eating Ginger:
Ginger is recommended for breast cancer because it has been found to significantly inhibit mammary tumorigenesis and tumor growth in laboratory mice when fed in drinking water. Ginger components 6-Shogaol and [6]-gingerol have been shown to inhibit cell adhesion, invasion, and motility in both hormone receptor positive (ER+/PR+) and triple negative (ER-/PR-/HER2-) human breast cancer cells in the laboratory.

According to Natural News, researchers exposed breast cancer cells in the laboratory to a crude extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale). They found that ginger exhibited a highly prized anti-cancer trait known as selective cytotoxicity: it inhibited the reproduction of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected.

More specifically, ginger appeared to positively modulate a large number of molecular anti-cancer mechanisms, including induction of programmed cell death (apoptosis), up-regulation of the apoptosis gene Bax, down-regulation of numerous ancer-associated genes and proteins, increased expression of cancer-fighting proteins and inhibition of cancer-associated enzymes. Although the researchers were not able to explain these molecular effects, the evidence in their favor was striking.

“Ginger may be a promising candidate for the treatment of breast carcinomas,” the researchers concluded.

On the other hand, ginger should be avoided during radiation treatment since it has been shown to help protect cells against the cytotoxic effects of radiation.

Ginger has been found to be effective in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, although not all studies agree. The key appears to be to take the ginger before undergoing a chemotherapy treatment as well as afterwards. However, it has not been determined whether this reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms is accompanied by a reduction in the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Until more research establishes the safety of using ginger during chemotherapy, we do not recommend it.

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.
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