Based on a study conducted by Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a meal containing both chili peppers and ginger may help prevent and fight cancer. Another study conducted by the American Chemical Society supported this conjecture. They found out that the compounds capsaicin in chilis and six gingerols in ginger cut the risk of lung cancer.
Lung cancer, also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor due to an uncontrolled cell growth of tissues of the lung. The study shows that if it is left untreated, the growth can go beyond the lung by the process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body. If we open our eyes in an international statistics, according to the World Health Organization, in 2012 lung cancer occurred in 1.8million people and resulted in 1.6 million deaths. This makes it the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and second most common in women after breast cancer.
Cancer researchers have long been divided over cancer-fighting potential of capsaicin, a chemical that will be found in chili peppers. This type of chemical gives chili peppers their ‘hotness’. Over the research generation, most of the researchers suggested that diets high in capsaicin might be linked to a higher risk of stomach cancer but the scientists found out that the pungent compound in ginger could potentially counteract the harmful effects of capsaicin.
Before this new found ginger-chili anti-cancer study, previous researchers suggested that capsaicin and 6 gingerol show distinctive pungency of ginger that binds the same receptor on tumor cells. Experts at the Georgia State University discovered that the ginger extract is beneficial in the treatment of prostate cancer. Additionally, it succeeded to lower the size of the tumor by 56%. In the said new study, the researchers experimented mice that were predisposed and labeled to have a lung cancer. Mice were fed by either 6 gingerols, capsaicin or the combination of the two.
Over the course of the research, they found out that those mice fed by just capsaicin alone were more likely to adapt lung tumors. But only half of the mice fed by 6 gingerols developed the disease. Researchers concluded that the unique element in ginger aims at cancer cells and does not harm the healthy cells unlike conventional treatments like chemotherapy.
Later on, the researchers found an even lower percentage, a 20 percent observation of the mice given with both of the capsaicin and the 6 gingerols. Currently, researchers are conducting further studies on how the two chemicals interact after cancer risk.
Current cancer treatments significantly and slowly putting our body at risk by destroying our immune system. Thus, researchers are more into further research on the natural, safe and conventional cancer treatments in order to prove that these kinds of treatments provide far more effective results and cure cancer while not lightly burying the cancer patient.