Colon inflammation is considered a precursor or biomarker for the development of colon cancer.
How Does Ginger Reduce Inflammation?
Studies in rats have shown that ginger reduces inflammation by inhibiting the eicosanoids, or signalling molecules of the central nervous system. These signalling molecules control the immune response of inflammation. By downregulating them, inflammation is reduced or does not occur.
The researchers are now considering routine use of ginger supplements in people who are at high risk of developing colorectal cancer.
"On the basis of these results, it seems that ginger has the potential to decrease eicosanoid levels, perhaps by inhibiting their synthesis from arachidonic acid. Ginger also seemed to be tolerable and safe. Further investigation in people at high risk for CRC seems warranted."
If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, perhaps you could try cooking with the spice or having it as a supplement.