Research Links

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Ginger Turmeric

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (published in PubMed)
"Increased growth inhibitory effects on human cancer cells and anti-inflammatory potency of shogaols from Zingiber officinale relative to gingerols."
  • Summary: Previous investigation of ginger has focussed primarily on gingerols. This study looked also at another class of components, the shogaols (oleoresins present in ginger).
  • Method: Shogaols were isolated from an extract of ginger by a series of steps to provide [6]-, [8]- and [10]-shogaol, and five other compounds. These were applied to cell cultures of human cancer cells, following standard procedures, and allowed to incubate under controlled conditions.
  • Conclusion: While all the compounds inhibited human lung and colon cancer cells, the shogaols showed the greatest inhibitory effect.

Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, 2nd Edition.
"Turmeric, the Golden Spice, From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine"
  • Summary: Book excerpt
  • Method: N/A
  • Conclusion: Comprehensive survey of turmeric and its present status in Western medicine. The authors trace the history of turmeric in traditional usage, describe its active constituents, and list many of the conditions for which it is being investigated.

Institue of Natural Medicine and Green Chemistry
Curcumin, Inflammation and Chronic Disease: How Are They Linked?
  • Summary: Research suggests that chronic inflammation, and the oxidative stress that accompanies it, are linked to chronic disease states such as diabetes, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and others.
  • Method: A review of recent literature (published May 2015)
  • Conclusion: Clinical studies in the following diseases indicate that curcumin (one of the active constituents in turmeric) can play a large part in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, and therefore mediating the progress and severity of the diseases.
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Pancreatitis
    • Neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's Disease)
    • Cardiovascular Diseases
    • Allergies, Asthma and Bronchitis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Skin diseases (such as scleroderma and psoriasis)
    • Cancer
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