Food Factors for Health Promotion

Editor(s): Yoshikawa T. (Kyoto) 
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Vol. 61, No. , 2009
Section title: Chemoprevention and Cancer
Yoshikawa T (ed): Food Factors for Health Promotion. Forum Nutr. Basel, Karger, 2009, vol 61, pp 182–192
Chemoprevention and Cancer

Ginger-Derived Phenolic Substances with Cancer Preventive and Therapeutic Potential

Kundu J.K. · Na H.-K. · Surh Y.-J.
National Research Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea


Ginger, the rhizomes of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae), has widely been used as a spice and condiment in different societies. Besides its food-additive functions, ginger has a long history of medicinal use for the treatment of a variety of human ailments including common colds, fever, rheumatic disorders, gastrointestinal complications, motion sickness, diabetes, cancer, etc. Ginger contains several nonvolatile pungent principles viz. gingerols, shogaols, paradols and zingerone, which account for many of its health beneficial effects. Studies conducted in cultured cells as well as in experimental animals revealed that these pungent phenolics possess anticarcinogenic properties. This chapter summarizes updated information on chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effects of ginger-derived phenolic substances and their underlying mechanisms.

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Professor Young-Joon Surh, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Shillim-dong, Kwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742 (South Korea), Tel. +82 2 880 7845, Fax +82 2 874 9775, E-Mail

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Published online: April 07, 2009
Number of Print Pages : 11

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Book Serie: Forum of Nutrition, Vol. 61, Year 2009

Editor(s): Elmadfa, I. (Vienna)
ISSN: 1660-0347 (Print), eISSN: 1662-2987 (Online)

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