lngwer-Extrakt Dr. Wolz (Ginger Extract)
Ginger root has already been used for many centuries as a herbal remedy. The substances (pungent flavors, ethereal oils) contained not only give it an anti-oxidative or anti-inflammatory effect, but also anti-emetic characteristics. Numerous more recent studies have dealt especially with the possible use of ginger in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients during or after chemotherapy. The background is the cellular toxins contained in chemo medicines which, in addition to cancer cells, also impair intestinal cells. They then release the neurotransmitter serotonin which latches onto a receptor on the surface of nerve cells and activates the ‘brain’s vomiting center. The result is nausea and vomiting. This unpleasant accompanying symptom further weakens patients who are already impaired by the cancer and can degenerate to potentially fatal cachexia, a condition that causes the body muscles to waste away. It comes with extreme weight loss and can include loss of body fat. Even if the tumour should respond to chemotherapy, in severe cases the therapy may have to be aborted. The ingredients of ginger can inhibit certain neurotransmitters of the brain’s vomiting center. This is mainly due to the efficacy of the phytochemicals such as gingerol contained in the ginger root.
Using ginger extract in capsule form can therefore bring about an improvement in symptoms in cancer patients during and after chemotherapy and support therapy with anti-emetic. Taking ginger extracts in capsule form does not have side effects and is therefore very well tolerated. Furthermore, ginger is evidenced as having anti-tumoral properties. For example, ginger is said to encourage the apoptosis of cancer cells and regulate their cell proliferation.
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