Ginger is classified as a spice by some and herb by some. Spice or herb, it is very well known for its medicinal properties. It is the underground stem used for culinary purposes. It has a long history of being used across different parts of globe to aid digestion, treat upset stomach, diarrhea and nausea. Ginger is known to possess antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.
Recent studies have found that ginger has also got some anti cancer properties. Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of body. Chemotherapy is the treatment given to cancer patients. But in some cases especially in the case of ovarian cancer which is the toughest cancer to fight, the cancer cells start to build resistance to the repetitive treatment given.
A promising research on animal has proven that ginger is capable of killing cancer cells in two ways. The first way is called apoptosis in which the ginger lets the cancer cells destroy themselves while leaving the surrounding healthy cells untouched. Also the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger prevent tumors from becoming the perfect breeding ground and climate for growth of cancer cells. In the second way called autophagy, ginger tricks the cancerous cells into eating themselves. However, the research is yet to be proven in humans.