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Ginger: Health Benefits for Men

Ginger is one of the most common condiments.

It’s a wonder that it benefits us in so many ways. Its root has been used for thousands of years.

But did you know that ginger can benefit the prostate?

Prostate enlargement – as well as prostate cancer – are serious problems for older men.

The likelihood of having prostate disease increases as we age. And although it’s scary to deal with the problem, it’s much scarier to know how modern medicine cures it.

Good thing that we have a natural alternative.

Prostate cancer statistics

Our prostate’s health is important. Without it, we cannot produce seminal fluid, the main carrier of sperm cells. Prostate gland health is a major concern because so many experience problems with it. Cancer is one of these problems.

Prostate cancer is a major disease among men. It is second only to skin cancer. The 5-year survival rate may be relatively high, but it drops to 28% if cancer spreads.

The 2017 report of the American Cancer Society reveals that there are about 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer…and about 26,730 deaths from the disease.

Conventional treatments like surgery actually do more damage than good.

In some cases, surgery turns a minor problem into something more serious. Prostatic surgery can lead to complications.

However, there are some powerful herbal remedies which can improve your prostate’s health. One of these is ginger.

The nutritional value of ginger

Ginger has been used to treat numerous illnesses. This includes arthritis, colds, hypertension, nausea, and migraines. Today, scientists are discovering more evidence of its medicinal properties.

The ginger root is well known for its potassium and manganese content. Potassium is essential for maintaining normal blood circulation, muscle, and nerve function.

Manganese helps to absorb beneficial vitamins and minerals. The American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide reveals that ginger is a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, calcium.

This common ingredient has vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc. These are powerful antioxidants that protect your prostate from harmful free radicals. Free radicals speed up tissue aging and cancer development.

Vitamin C and zinc stimulate the immune system and protect the prostate from infection and inflammation.

Did you know, for example, that incidents of prostate cancer are lower in Japan? That’s because they always have ginger and green tea in their diet. These are natural lipoxygenase inhibitors.

Is ginger good for prostate cancer?

A 2013 systematic review claims that the ingredient has a well-documented anticancer potential. Its functional ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and parasols are valuable anticancer ingredients.

Researchers found that these substances control certain proteins that help kill prostate cancer cells. This magical ingredient also suppresses the spread of cancer. They stimulate the production of phagocytic immune cells that directly fight cancerous tumors.

Another study explored the benefits of ginger extract in prostate cancer. The 2012 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition administered ginger extract to mice with prostate cancer.

Researchers claim that ginger extract has a significant effect in stopping the growth of cancer cells. They also claim that ginger induces death of prostate cancer cells (cell death is also known as apoptosis).

Prostate tumor growth regressed by up to 60 percent in their animal subjects. Most importantly, the ginger extract did not result in any toxicity in normal, rapidly dividing tissues such as gut and bone marrow.

The authors write:

“Remarkably, daily oral feeding of 100 mg/kg body weight of ginger extract inhibited growth and progression of PC-3 xenografts by approximately 56 percent in mice, as shown by measurements of tumor volume. “

A more recent study published in 2017 investigated the anticancer properties of ginger phytochemicals in docetaxel-resistant human prostate cancer cells.

Studies have shown that 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol, 6-dehydrogingerdione, 6-shogaol, and 10-shogaol, are bioactive compounds from ginger, yet few have reviewed their activity in chemoresistant cells.

Their results found that ginger phytochemicals, including 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol, and 10-shogaol can significantly inhibit resistant human prostate cancer cells growth and reverse drug resistance protein expression.

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Ginger has many anticancer components

Scientists believe that it doesn’t just have a single chemical to fight cancer. More research is needed to investigate the molecules involved. These experts believe that it is not the action of a single chemical.

Instead, they believe that the components of ginger work together to fight cancer. It is a synergistic interplay.  whole GE has been shown to inhibit proliferation of breast(28) and colon cancer cells

Anti-inflammatory effects

Ginger also fights inflammation. It contains various anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit cytokines.

Cytokines are molecules that cause pain and swelling. A series of experiments have demonstrated this activity in both live specimens and cell cultures.

Another study also discovered that 6-gingerol in ginger has analgesic properties. This substance also helps decrease swelling by inhibiting the oxygen supply of prostate cancer cells. Without oxygen, cell respiration will not occur.

It also contains various antioxidants. These substances prevent the oxidative stress of our cells. Inflammation occurs when our cells experience stress. Oxidative stress also speeds up cell aging.

How much ginger should you eat to prevent prostate cancer?

The evidence is solid. Ginger helps fight prostate cancer. It may also help to reduce your prostate cancer risk. In addition, ginger protects our prostate from injury and inflammation, aiding prostate health.

But how much should we eat to reap the benefits?

Experts recommend that we consume at least 3 1/2 grams. If we eat this amount on a regular basis, we can definitely experience its beneficial effects. But just like any natural way of fighting disease, we shouldn’t overdo it. Too much consumption also has side effects.

Ginger dietary supplements are made from dried or fresh ginger root or from a steam process of the oil. You can find ginger extracts, tinctures, capsules, oils, and tea.

Conclusion

The investigations into ginger as a potential prostate cancer treatment continue, yet research has shown that bioactive compounds have anti-cancer in ginger.

Research has shown by the age of 60, 50% of men will have some signs of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

While it’s important to note that an enlarged prostate doesn’t necessarily mean you will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, it could be a result of BPH. This stands for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and can result in painful and embarrassing symptoms, including a frequent and urgent need to urinate.

For those experiencing such symptoms, you may be familiar with ‘Flomax.’ This is a product commonly prescribed to men, yet research has shown that this treatment can cause a number of dangerous side effects, including incontinence, loss of libido, and dizziness.

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  1. Joseph

    I wish I could say what others are saying about Ben’s supplements. I have been taking Ben’s total health and prostate healer for about 2 plus months now, I am disappointed that I see no difference in the frequency I use the bathroom. I tried to get off the flomax but I had to go back on it. I must say these supplements just like many others I have tried don’t do anything for me. I haven’t given up yet, I am still seeking for a natural cure.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Joseph, sorry to hear that you haven’t yet had the results you are hoping for. However, you should not despair, as the majority of men see significant improvement in the first 3 to 6 months; it is also true that some men take slightly longer to improve their prostate health than others. Depending on the individual state of your prostate health, your general health, your diet, lifestyle, and a whole host of other factors your individual recovery may take longer than you hoped. Could you please get in touch with our team via [email protected] so that we can discuss this with you in further detail. Thanks, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.