Ordinary ginger may cause ovarian cancer cells to die, highlighting the spice’s potential in fighting the killer disease, a new US study found.


Not only did ginger trigger ovarian cancer cell death, it did so in a way that may prevent tumour cells from becoming resistant to treatment, a common problem with chemotherapy.

The preliminary findings from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center were presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.

The next step is to determine if ginger can achieve similar results in animals.


Ginger helps control inflammation, which contributes to the development of ovarian cancer cells. By halting inflammation, ginger may stop cancer cells from growing.

Historically, other cancer chemotherapies also come from plants including the taxanes paclitaxel (Taxol) and docetaxel (Taxotere), which are derived from the Yew tree and also used to treat ovarian cancer.

It’s truly amazing that everyday things around us may hold undiscovered benefits.

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