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Ginger Root Supplements Show Potential In Preventing Colon Cancer

October 11, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A University of Michigan phase 2 clinical study has found that ginger root supplements reduced markers of colon inflammation and may have potential to prevent colon cancer. Inflammation has been implicated in prior studies as a precursor to colon cancer. For the study, 30 patients were randomly given either two grams of ginger root supplements a day or a placebo for 28 days. The researchers then measured standard colon inflammation markers and found statistically significant reductions in most, and trends toward significant reductions in others. The researchers said another trial would be needed to see how ginger root actually affects the risk of cancer.
Suzanna M. Zick, et al., "Phase II Study of the Effects of Ginger Root Extract on Eicosanoids in Colon Mucosa in People at Normal Risk for Colorectal Cancer", Cancer Prevention Research, October 11, 2011, © American Association for Cancer Research
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