Scientists Discover That a Southeast Asian Ginger Has Anti-Cancer Properties

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Researchers have actually discovered that Kencur, a tropical plant in the ginger household, and its primary active element, ethyl p-methoxycinnamate (EMC), substantially prevent cancer cell development. The group recognized mitochondrial transcription element A (TFAM) as a crucial consider this anti-cancer impact.

A kind of ginger from Southeast Asia might function as a possible active ingredient for brand-new anti-cancer markers.

You may acknowledge Kencur as an aromatic spice that boosts your meals or a natural service for digestion problems. However, researchers from Osaka Metropolitan University have actually found motivating proof that this tropical plant, a member of the ginger household belonging to Southeast Asia, has anti-cancer homes.

Led by Associate Professor Akiko Kojima of the Graduate School of Human Life and Ecology, the scientists showed that Kencur extract and its primary active element, ethyl p-methoxycinnamate (EMC), substantially reduced cancer cell development at the cellular and animal levels.

Jamu Indonesian Drink

Jamu– an Indonesian beverage prepared from Kencur ginger. Credit: Akiko Kojima, Osaka Metropolitan University

While previous research studies on EMC showed its anti-cancer capacity by reducing the expression of mitochondrial transcription element A (TFAM), which is related to cancer cell expansion, the specific system stayed uncertain previously.

“The results of this study confirm the anti-cancer effects of Kencur extract and its main active ingredient, EMC. It is highly expected that TFAM will become a new marker for anti-cancer effects in the future as research advances in related fields,” Professor Kojima mentioned.

Reference: “Kaempferia galanga L. extract and its main component, ethyl p-methoxycinnamate, inhibit the proliferation of Ehrlich ascites tumor cells by suppressing TFAM expression” by Yutaro Sasaki, Toshio Norikura, Isao Matsui-Yuasa, Ritsuko Fujii, Leenawaty Limantara and Akiko Kojima-Yuasa, 23 June 2023, Heliyon
DOI: 10.1016/ j.heliyon.2023 e17588