Ginger: potential cancer treatment

A team of researchers from Osaka Metropolitan University in Japan has made an important discovery about kencur ginger, a variety of ginger that grows in Southeast Asia, concluding that it has notable anti-cancer properties.

Led by Professor Akiko Kojima of the Graduate School of Human Life and Ecology, the team delved into the molecular components of this plant and its effects on cancer cells. In their studies, they found that kencur extract and its main active component, p-ethyl methoxycinnamate (EMC), can effectively suppress the growth of cancer cells in cellular and animal experiments. Other phytochemicals present in the plant also contribute to this property. EMC acts by decreasing the expression of mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM), related to the proliferation of cancer cells.

This finding, published in the journal Heliyon, is an important step in research into cancer treatments and could have a significant impact on oncology medicine. If the results are confirmed in subsequent human studies, kencur ginger could become a valuable tool in cancer treatment. In addition to its culinary benefits, this spice could offer new hope for those fighting this devastating disease. Ginger is known for its unique flavor and aroma, and is rich in vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds that give it health benefits. This discovery further highlights the potential of ginger in the prevention and treatment of diseases, particularly cancer.


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