Simple spice slows colon cancer

Icing-coated, gumdrop festooned gingerbread houses are all most people think of when you say the word “ginger.” But if you can look past all that, the truth is, there’s a great deal of healing potential packed into this spice.

In fact, just last month, a group of researchers from the University of Michigan Medical Center published a study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research that showed ginger may be able to slow the chain reaction that can lead to colorectal cancer.

They found that a compound in ginger inhibits the increase of inflammatory chemicals called eicosanoids in the colon, which are an early marker of potential colorectal cancer.

While the researchers concluded that more research is needed to determine the extent of ginger’s cancer-fighting potential, there’s certainly no harm in grating some fresh ginger into your next stir fry–or even your evening cup of tea.