Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

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In Ayurveda, ginger is reported to be useful in treating inflammation and rheumatism. One of the mechanisms by which ginger exerts its ameliorative effects could be related to inhIn Ayurveda, ginger is reported to be useful in treating inflammation and rheumatism. One of the mechanisms by which ginger exerts its ameliorative effects could be related to inhibition of prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis 41. Anti- microbial effect: Some constituents of ginger inhibit the growth of some colon bacteria like Escherichia coli, Proteus species, Staphylococci, Streptococci and Salmonella. It has been found that out of 29 plant extracts, ginger extract had the broadest range of anti-fungal activity measured either by the fungi inhibited or as the average diameter of the zones of inhibition 42, 43, 44.
Effect on colon cancer:
The extract of ginger confined HCT 116 and HT 29 cells at G0/G1 and G2/M phases with consequent decreased in S-phase. This study suggests that ginger extract may bring to bear its antitumor effects on colon cancer cells by suppressing its growth, striking the G0/G1phase, reducing DNA synthesis and inducing
ibition of prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis 41.

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