Ginger naturally contains a compound…….
……..that is up to 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy drugs at killing the cancer stem cells that make malignant tumors so dangerous, according to a study published in PLoS.org.
Chemo kills healthy cells, but Ginger attacks cancer cells only
The natural chemical in [cooked or dried] ginger, known as 6-shogaol, researchers found to be active against cancer stem cells at concentrations that are harmless to healthy cells.
This is dramatically different from conventional chemotherapy, which has serious side effects largely because Chemo kills healthy as well as cancerous cells.
Cancer Stem Cells responsible for 90 percent of cancer deaths
In the case of cancer, stem cells are immune to nearly all known or experimental chemotherapy.
These specialized cancer cells replicate indefinitely, and they are capable of splitting off from their originating colony to start new tumors elsewhere and are responsible for 90 percent of cancer-related deaths.
(Above and Below) Ginger can be grated (or used in powder form) into hot tea, tea which also can be strained and used in creative iced tea/lemonade drinks. Can also be grated into smoothies to get it into one's daily regiment.
Very few chemotherapeutic compounds show the same promise of Ginger
The persistence of cancer stem cells also explains why cancers can recur even after seemingly successful tumor eradication via chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.
"Very few chemotherapeutic compounds show promise to kill these cells" the researchers say.
Ginger compound kills Breast Cancer stem cells on many fronts
The researchers found that 6-shogaol from Ginger targets breast cancer stem cells along several different pathways………
….. including actually poisoning Breast Cancer Stem Cells .
Ginger beats the Breast Cancer Chemo Drug Taxol hands down
The researchers then compared 6-shogaol from Ginger against Breast Cancer Chemo drug Taxol as pertains to their toxicity to human breast cancer stem cells.
They found that while Taxol showed almost no effect on advanced tumor models, 6-shogaol from Ginger was found to be toxic against cancer cells.
(below) I 've been keeping some ginger in the freezer, it keeps longer and works better on the grater
Breast Cancer Chemo Drug Taxol, times 10,000 strength, does not = Ginger
The researchers then increased the chemo drug Taxol concentration by 10,000 times, but it still showed no effectiveness..
Taxol, did not show activity against the spheroids (advanced tumor models in the lab), even at 10,000 fold higher concentration compared to 6-shogaol from Ginger, the researchers noted.
(below) Garlic Ginger Chicken (I'll add a little honey to the recipe) recipe here
The promise of food-based cures
The fact that 6-shogaol from Ginger naturally occurs in a widely consumed human food is promising for its safety profile, the researchers noted.
"Dietary compounds are welcome options for human diseases due to their time-tested acceptability by human bodies," they wrote.
Chewing Broccoli creates a cancer fighting agent?
Another food-based chemical that has shown promise against cancer stem cells is PEITC. This chemical is produced naturally from an enzyme in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage.
When the vegetables are chewed, the human body is exposed to PEITC.
(below) Ginger can be grated onto any salad or in a dressing, such as this Avocado and Mini Mozzarella Salad
PEITIC from chewing veggies also fights cervical cancer
The concentrations used in the study are actually achievable simply from a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables, the researchers said.
The vegetables highest in PEITC potential are watercress and land cress.
article copied (with edits to make it a little more digestible to the non-technical audience) from an article on NaturalNews.com
original source article (though very lengthy and very technical) can be found here
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