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What Ginger Does To Cancer Cells Has Amazed Researchers

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What Ginger Does To Cancer Cells Has Amazed Researchers

The virulent and quick nature of cancer has been claiming the lives of plenty of people across the entire world. The cure has been sought after for years, utilizing drugs and radiation and other processes of scientific progress to try and slow down the rate at which cancer grows, if possible eradicating the disease from the body altogether. Chemotherapy can come in many forms, but sometimes its effect can cause metastasis — simply put the spread of cancer — to start happening in organs outside of the one that was first impacted with the cancer.

A study done by researchers at Georgia State University found that numerous natural plants have been able to help take the fight to the cancerous cells in a specific organ without causing much more harm to the rest of the body. In this particular study, it was found that ginger actually fought a specific cancer within the prostate. This kind of cancer is common in many males (happening within females as well) and produces plenty of deaths per year.

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The Research

The researchers used a specific batch of ginger to attack male prostate cancer cells in in vitro (test tubed) and in vivo (living normally) mice.

Researchers noted, “The present study reports a novel finding that oral consumption of the extract of whole ginger, a commonly consumed vegetable worldwide, significantly inhibits prostate tumor progression…” This is done because ginger naturally inhibits cell progression and alters the normal growth rate of cancer cells. Instead of allowing the cancer cells to grow and reproduce at their rapid rate, ginger caused apoptosis — or death due to a normal part of an organisms growth — of the cell. Instead of allowing the cancer cells to run freely and cause rampage in the prostate, ginger had them self destruct and would shrink the size of cancer ridden prostate. As if this evidence wasn’t beneficial enough, ginger is non-toxic, contrasting highly with normal chemotherapy options which can be toxic, causing people to lose hair, fingernails and strength.

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Ginger and it’s abilities.

As showcased by the evidence above, ginger clearly has a positive role to play in future studies about fighting cancer, but what is ginger exactly? It is a rhizome (part of the root) that is mainly used as a spice in most stir fries and fruit and vegetable dishes. It’s attributes as a medicinal power has been shown for years, having multiple uses an anti inflammatory, an a relief for gastrointestinal issues and even helping cause cancer cell death in ovarian cancer.

It seems that ginger naturally have potent compounds called gingerols that allow for inflammation relief. In the study about mice and the prostate cancer, these gingerols would prove to be beneficial as well in perturbing the cell growth as a chemopreventive strategy. This in turn would show ginger as an effective way to shrink the size of the prostate (killing cancer cells) and providing a sensual relief by causing the inflammation to go down (in turn also helping shrink the prostate).

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Most commonly ginger is used as a powder or paste in food, and the researchers believe that adding ginger to the normal diet might have a use of never allowing for cancer to settle in the human body at all. Ginger’s powerful effects are reimagining the conversation of using fruits and vegetables as ways to fight disease, taking the idea back to the days of old when more natural processes and remedies were used to cure the ill.

Featured photo credit: http://www.seriouseats.com/images/2014/09/ginger-shutterstock_127542449.jpg via seriouseats.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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