Prostate enlargement (also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy) and prostate cancer are actually quite common in men and is estimated that over half of men will have this problem to some degree by the time they are fifty; this number rises to about 80% of all men over the age of 80. Many who have this problem never know it unless it obstructs urinary flow or they are screened for it with the PSA test.
The problem is that surgery for prostate cancer can often do more harm than good, turning what was a fairly minor problem into something very serious indeed: prostate surgery can leave men impotent and incontinent, and all to treat a condition that was not going to kill them in the first place. There are, however, natural ways to treat prostate cancer that do not involves prescription medications or surgery: one such natural treatment appears to be ginger.
Recent Research on Ginger and Prostate Cancer
One recent study, conducted in America and later published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that ginger extract was actually able to kill off prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. This gives it an advantage over traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation, which kill of cancer cells and healthy cells alike. The study treated men with prostate cancer with 100mg of ginger for every kg of body weight and continued this treatment for two months; at the end of that time, the result was that prostate cancer cells had been eliminated.
Why Ginger Can Treat Cancer?
Ginger is such a promising treatment for cancer due the fact that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and also appears to be able to prevent a cancerous tumor from growing or spreading. This is due to its ability to interrupt the reproductive cycle of cancer cells. It also appears to be able to induce cancer cell “suicide”, also called apotosis. What is most important, however, is that it seems to be able to do this without being toxic to other kinds of rapidly-reproducing cells such as though in the digestive tract. Chemo especially is very harmful to these kinds of cells, leading to problems with nausea, vomiting, mouth sores and other highly undesirable side effects. In addition to this, men taking ginger supplements can receive other health benefits as well, including improvement in blood pressure, arthritis and high cholesterol, just to name a few.
In conclusion, men who are worried about prostate health but are seeking a natural solution for it would do well to consider regular ginger supplementation. This, combined with avoidance of a diet high in sugar and processed foods, can make an enormous difference in prostate health, particularly as a man ages.
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