Ever wonder why holiday treats are filled with spices like cinnamon and ginger? Beyond its delicious warming flavor, ginger helps you digest all those rich meals, stave off colds & flu, and reduces inflammation so you can enjoy the season to the fullest. Recent research even suggests ginger may be the secret to helping you enjoy the holidays for many years to come in good health. Clinical trials at a number of scientific institutions and medical centers have focused on discovering the role ginger's bioactive constituents like 6-Gingerol and 6-Shogoal might have on conditions ranging from cancer to type 2 diabetes, and even protecting against alcohol-induced liver damage.

Following the publication of results last year that ginger and cinnamon apeared effective in reducing obesity in diabetic rats, additional studies just released point to ginger as a way to limit the progression and counteract some complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

Already widely used in treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea, ginger is also gaining credibility as a possible treatment for certain forms of cancer affecting men and women. Breaking science news raises hope for battling breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer.

While studies are ongoing, preliminary indications support the use of ginger as effective protection against, and in some cases, treatment for serious diseases in humans. Consider it one more reason to bake up some traditional holiday Gingerbread or sip another mug of spiced cider.