Ginger is a fantastic spice used not only for food and juices but also to treat nausea and motion sickness. However, more astonishing is the new studies that are coming out that show the effect ginger has on different types of cancer.

One study performed by Georgia State University found that ginger extract was able to reduce the size of a prostate tumor by 56% in mice. It was also found that ginger reduced inflammation and supplied the mice with antioxidants.

This study was just the beginning. Another study published on PLoS found that 6-shogaol, a component found in ginger, is superior in targeting the root cause of breast cancer malignancy or breast cancer stem cells.


Cancer stem cells only make up .2 to 1% of the cellular makeup of a tumor, but they are very difficult to kill. If the stem cell is not destroyed, it will create even more cancer cells that could travel all over the body.

“What that means is these cancer stem cells are able to self-renew; they are capable of continuous differentiation, are resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, and are capable of splitting off and forming new tumor colonies. The only way to fully ensure that your body is cancer free is to destroy the cancer stem cells within a tumor.” (Health Nut News)

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This study found that the 6-shogaol found in ginger is produced when the root is either dried or cooked. These are common methods for preparing ginger. But what is even more amazing is the effect it had on the body while fighting cancer stem cells.

“Researchers found that these cancer-destroying effects occurred at concentrations that were non-toxic to non-cancer cells. That means that this particular component of ginger only killed cancer cells, leaving healthy cells alone. This makes it very different from conventional cancer treatments that do not display that kind of selective cytotoxicity, meaning they can really harm the patient.” (Health Nut News)

In breast cancer, the study found that 6-shogaol drastically affects the cell cycle that increased cancer cell death. It also inhibits the growth of breast cancer spheroids or lumps.

Finally, when compared to the cancer drug Taxol, 6-shogaol killed more cancer cells and tumors. Even when taxol dosage was increased, researchers found that 6-shogaol was 10,000 times more effective than Taxol at killing cancer stem cells, stopping new tumors from forming, and keeping healthy cells alive.

It should be noted that this study was not performed on people, but on cell cultures. However, the results are very promising for many future cancer sufferers. It is well known that traditional cancer treatments are difficult to the mind, body, and soul.

If a more natural method of treatment can be found, why not go for it!

What do you think of this study? Promising?


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  • 12rubi89

    It would be helpful if the amount of ginger one needs to eat/drink had been included in the article.

    • effingreat

      You wouldn’t be able to eat as much as necessary to make a difference. The article clearly states that they were using ginger extract, which is a concentrated form.

      • NYDogWhisperer

        You can buy ginger tincture I believe from Gaia or other herbal companies.

      • John Axsom

        I bet that if you studied people who ate a lot of raw ginger root that they would have a lower cancer rate than those who eat the standard american diet which would indicate that raw ginger root has an effect on cancer cells or might be synergistic with other foods which reduce the threat of cancer.

  • Sailingaway Fromhere

    How about discussing the need for any nutrient that is consumed to be able to have the ability to pass through the digestive process and still be viable.

  • I read the first study and found your headline does not support what the researchers have found. For a start, they were not comparing ginger to chemo, they were comparing ginger to nothing. The control group had tumor growth, and the ginger group had slower growth, but still growth. The ginger did not kill the cancer. I have friends undergoing chemo right now, they don’t need this false hope rubbish while they’re dealing with life threatening issues.

    • You neglect to acknowledge the key finding: the ginger compound was observed to be 10,000 times more effective at destroying cancer stem cell-based spheroids than Taxol in the cell model. If you understand the implications of the cancer stem cell theory of cancer, much of this would make far greater sense to you.

    • I think it is best to apply all simultaneously. There are many signs and proof that point out that the more you do to improve your health and immune system, and the more anti cancer foodstuffs you combine, together with addressing unsolved mental issues, exercise, yoga, mindfulness and supplementing vitamin deficiencies, the better your chances are. (source: Anticancer by Servan-Schreiber). Also, to combine anticancer food with standard medication may have better result than each apart.

    • Jeanne D’arc

      hat your saying is absolutely rubbish. These cancer treatments aren’t working, notice how people will be fine for awhile but then all of a sudden the cancer comes back. These medical doctors only want to make money not cure people. Just think if people started doing their research on herbs and remedies, these so called doctors would be out of jobs. So try to keep an open mind instead of bashing someone’s methods of helping others get better.

  • vayu

    What I wish is that the science community would also have their perspectives geared toward what natural easy and inexpensive living practices PREVENTS the 600,000 fatalities by cancer every year. Even if things like Ginger won’t be all that powerful at curing it once established, maybe it’s part of a diet that has a value in preventing it. The science community fails our society by only working on what to do after it’s too late and poo pooing people looking at holistic lifestyles and prevention that don’t rely on lab developed interventions. What if the problem is all the GMO, glyophosphate, transfats, processed food and multitudes of other rampant pollution that our profit driven industries forge head first into while paying for the science to look in the directions they want. Where is science saying hey this is what we shouldn’t be doing, rather than hey after it’s too late we can try to do this with even more chemicals and unnatural interventions that feed profit driven industries. Good science looks for the easiest, simplest, most far reaching answers.

  • Ashley Woodbury

    What makes me sick, very few people seem to be questioning all these “rodents” with these illnesses… These labs are not just finding “sick” creatures. But, I love ginger and this is awesome!!!

  • BowEllen

    Due to the fact that it has been determined that chemotherapy causes cancer, it would probably be in everyone’s best interest to eliminate as many cancer-causing agents from our lives as possible and embrace what nature has to offer in the way of natural cures. Organics can be pricey but if you think about all the luxuries we spend money on, shouldn’t our bodies and our health be # 1?

  • DJEB

    A classic case of “these studies don’t say what you think they do.”

  • Night Hawk-II

    After drinking ginger tea, be sure to gargle and rinse your mouth as it is very acidic. In fact it took me about three to four glasses and it made a larger hole in my teeth. Two of my teeth needed dental care after drinking ginger tea.

    • OzSydDr

      Yeah that is a complete lie. There would of been other factors at play here. I’m drinking ginger tea multiple times a day all day and it starves off my nausea and headaches from medication I take and it has zero effect on my teeth. It is actually GOOD for your teeth and gums, not bad in any way shape or form.

      Maybe it was the loads of sugar you were adding to your tea? That or you just had them prior and you noticed it after drinking the tea, definitely not the tea for the cause.

  • Jefe Mixtli

    “It should be noted that this study was not performed on people, but on cell cultures.”

    This should be in bold at the TOP of the article, not at the bottom followed by caveats.