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Ginger stops cancer from spreading

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Ginger can fight cancer, scientists have established.

Kencur (Kaempferia galanga L), a tropical plant in the ginger family, suppresses cancer cell growth, say scientists from Osaka Metropolitan University.  Its active component, EMC (ethyl p-methoxycinnamate), has a ‘significant’ impact on the disease, and blocks mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM), a biological process that enables cancer to spread.

It’s the first time that scientists have directly witnessed the impact of EMC on TFAM processes.  “It’s highly expected that TFAM will become a new marker for anti-cancer effects in the future as research advances in related fields,” said Akiko Kojima, one of the researchers.

Kencur is traditionally used in cooking and as a remedy for upset stomachs, but now it can also be harnessed as a cancer fighter.

References
Heliyon, 2023; doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e17588
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