Full-spectrum ginger extract provides the greatest benefit
Several components of ginger have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity
Ginger is known to have potent anti-inflammation and anti-cancer properties. In researching these qualities, many previous efforts have focused on the compounds identified as “gingerols.” This research suggests that more benefits might be obtained by using a full-spectrum extract – especially as the less studied compounds were found to be much more effective (only 8 units of one of the shogaols was required to match the cancer inhibiting benefits of 150 units of one of the gingerols!) The shogaols were also more effective in reducing inflammation (arachadonic acid and NO synthesis.)
Inhibitory effects were reported in lung cancer and colon cancer. The “IC(50)” is the concentration at which 50% of cancer cells are inhibited – kept from dividing. IC = Inhibitory Concentration.
Value of full-spectrum ginger extract confirmed
Various manufacturers artificially boost the concentration of the purported ‘active ingredient’ to an extreme extent. In the process, other potentially beneficial compounds are lost or their concentration is greatly reduced.
There are three reasons not to do this:
1. What is believed to be the active agent might not actually be the active agent, might not be the only active agent, and might not even be the most important active agent.
2. It is likely that various components exhibit a synergistic effect in combination. Any single component in isolation is likely to be less effective than the full-spectrum extract.
3. By creating an extract with a composition radically different than what is found in nature (and hence been safely used for thousands of years,) the chance of side effects, while still small, is certainly increased.
Banjo uses only full-spectrum extracts.
Increased Growth Inhibitory Effects on Human Cancer Cells and Anti-inflammatory Potency of Shogaols from Zingiber officinale Relative to Gingerols.
Summary of the abstract
Ginger, the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale , has received extensive attention because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor activities. Most researchers have considered gingerols as the active principles and have paid little attention to shogaols.
In this study, eight major components were purified and identified , including three major gingerols and corresponding shogaols, from ginger extract and compared their anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory activities. The results showed that shogaols had much stronger growth inhibitory effects than gingerols on human lung cancer cells and colon cancer cells. In addition, 6-shogaol had much stronger inhibitory effects on arachidonic acid release and nitric oxide synthesis than the gingerol.