Heading down the produce aisle, it’s common to see fresh ginger root. And while it is a spice frequently used in Indian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese cooking, recently released findings indicate modern science is continuing to learn about the medicinal benefits it offers.
At the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, scientists from NC Central and NC A&T identified ginger as a possible treatment for the anemia commonly caused by chemotherapy and renal disease.
TinChung Leung, PhD, and Shengmin Sang, PhD, both scientists at NCRC, believe their research will lead to a new oral option for alleviating this type of anemia. Presently, only injectable treatments for this type of anemia are available, and they have serious side effects.
Sang, the lead scientist for functional foods at NC A&T’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, is an expert on research involving natural products. He also is studying ginger as a possible preventative for both colon and lung cancers.
Ginger root has long been recognized as a natural treatment for gastrointestinal ills, such as nausea, and valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. Taking a quick look back through history, the spice was used in China to help aid digestion, treat upset stomachs, stop diarrhea and avoid nausea for more than 2,000 years. It also has been used to treat arthritis, colic and even heart conditions.
So with this recent announcement, those searching for natural solutions can take heart. It appears there is now proof to the long-held belief that ginger just may cure what ails you.