Ginger A Spice for Senior Health
Ginger’s health benefits have been known from the beginning of civilization. References to the use of ginger have been found in the writings of most ancient societies such as the Chinese, Indian, and Roman societies. Ginger tastes good, smells exotic, and provides proven medicinal benefits. It turns out that ginger contains powerful phenolic compounds that have been studied for their benefits over a wide range of illnesses and ailments. The spice ginger contains a number of powerful antioxidants including gingerols, shogaols, and zingerone. These antioxidants have been linked to providing relief for ailments from bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, motion sickness, rheumatoid arthritis to colon and ovarian cancer. Several studies documented the relief from the pain and lack of mobility resulting from their previously debilitating arthritis. Another study measured the effect of red ginger on reducing acute and chronic inflammation.
Additional studies revealed that the gingerol in the spice ginger showed anti-inflammatory effects and antitumorigenic effects against colon cancer. In the animal study the growth of the colon cancer tumor was suppressed due to the action of gingerol. In another study gingerol showed the ability to kill ovarian cancer cells, but did it in a way the cancer cells did not become resistant to its anticancer properties which has been the case with some chemotherapy agents. This is good news for seniors who are concerned about their senior health, because they can include fresh ginger in their choice of spices.