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Calming your stomach during sea sickness or pregnancy is only one of ginger’s many uses. The active constituents in ginger-gingerols, shogaols, gingerdiones, zingerone-are all either powerful antioxidants or anti-inflammatories (or both), which makes ginger a great addition to a nutritional program for arthritis and/or fibromyalgia. But the current excitement around ginger focuses on its promise as a cancer fighter.
Research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center shows that ginger kills ovarian cancer cells, and other studies suggest that it may be effective against various GI cancers, and that gingerols may inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.