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Ginger Root Fights Inflammation
Individuals given ginger ale in childhood to soothe stomachaches and those who finish off a meal with ginger tea understand the root's ability to calm the tummy. Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School believe that this effect may be due to anti-inflammatory properties.
In fact, a study reveals that taking supplements of the spicy root may even help protect against colon cancer. They were shown to significantly reduce markers of inflammation in a clinical trial.
"We need to apply the same rigor to the sorts of questions about the effect of ginger root that we apply to other clinical trial research," said lead author Suzanna M. Zick, N.D., M.P.H. "Interest in this is only going to increase as people look for ways to prevent cancer that are nontoxic, and improve their quality of life in a cost-effective way."