Ginger, honey and colon cancer

Combined ginger extract & Gelam honey modulate Ras/ERK and PI3K/AKT pathway genes in colon cancer HT29 cells

Analhuda Abdullah Tahir, Nur Fathiah Abdul Sani, Noor Azian Murad, Suzana Makpol, Wan Zurinah Wan Ngah and Yasmin Anum Mohd Yusof (e-mail author)

Nutrition Journal 2015 14:31

DOI: 10.1186/s12937-015-0015-2

©  Abdulah Tahir et al.; licensee BioMed Central. 2015

Published: 1 April 2015

Gelam honey and ginger potentiate the anti-cancer effect of 5-FU against HCT 116 colorectal cancer cells.


Hakim L Alias E , Makpol S , Ngah WZ , Morad NA , Yusof YA

Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia E-mail :,

Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention : APJCP [2014, 15(11):4651-4657]


Our interpretation:

These were studies done in a petri dish on colon cancer cells.  Although I do not eagerly jump to conclusions from petri dishes to human bodies – I did think that this was promising enough to post here. Two studies found the same results when the efficacy of ginger and or honey was tested to kill cancerous colon cells.

It was found that both honey and ginger on their own lead to the death of colon cancer cells.  However, when these two foods were combined the effect of on the cancer cells was even greater.

Both honey and ginger are not only an anti-cancer food it is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory – inflammation is now widely recognized as a risk factor in the development of cancer.  Although the mechanisms differ between dry and fresh ginger, the effect is very much the same.   

I think it is safe enough to at least try if you have colon cancer or may be at risk to develop it in your life.  The article published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention also claims that this will be supportive of chemotherapy.

Two lovely ways to get this power pack in your body are steeping a tea from ginger root and sweeten it with honey or simply mix dried ginger to honey.  If you don’t like the taste of the honey and ginger mix, stir it into probiotic Greek yogurt.  Choose the darkest honey you could find for extra anti-oxidants to give you even more benefit.

The power of food over our minds

On carrots and curiosity: Eating fruit and vegetables is associated with greater flourishing in daily life.

 Tamlin S. Conner*, Kate L. Brookie, Aimee C. Richardson and Maria A. Polak. 

British Journal of Health Psychology Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 413–427, May 2015


Article first published online: 30 JUL 2014

DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12113


Our interpretation:

This is a study which claims that the consumption of fruits and vegetables by young, healthy individuals is related to an array of well-being states that is favorable for human flourishing.  This was not found when unhealthy food (junk and fast food) was consumed.  Another point of interest was that good nutrition only had a short term effect, in other words, one good meal did not guarantee two weeks of well-being.  My gut feeling is that the longer the period of good food consumption is, the longer the effect of the food will stay.

As a high school teacher of more than 20 years I have developed an appreciation for teenagers and young adults.  The possibilities of life were unlimited to most of them – in their minds the world was there to conquer and serve them.  And they had the energy to help conquer the world.  Well, for some…  We all know that there is a growing concern about a growing number of young people who is so disheartened about this world that it is better for them to subdue these thoughts with drugs and alcohol. 

Although I do acknowledge the complexity of this problem, I cannot help recognizing the role that good nutrition could play in our attempt to help young people of today.  It seems as if nutritious food will not only help them to find purpose in life but also give them the energy to realize their full potential.  Mothers please educate yourself about healthy food served to your children and School Boards please put in the effort to help the young people make tasty, healthy choices when it comes to school cafeterias.