Newly Released Study Finds Ginger Helps Relieve Post-Chemo Nausea

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – May 15, 2009) – Reed’s, Inc. (NASDAQ: REED), maker of the top-selling sodas in natural food stores nationwide, reported today that a newly released study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, found that ginger can successfully treat post-chemo nausea in cancer patients.

— Up to 70% of patients become nauseated after chemo, according to the study of 644 people

— According to the study’s author, “Although drugs… can prevent vomiting, they don’t always relieve nausea.”

— Ginger reduced patients’ nausea levels by half, according to the study

— The most effective doses were 1 gram and 0.5 gram a day, which are equal to half a teaspoon or one-quarter of a teaspoon of ground ginger, according to the study

Reed’s Ginger Brews contain between 8 and 26 grams of ginger per serving

— Reed’s is the ONLY commercial soft drink manufacturer using fresh, whole ginger in its products

— Significantly, ginger caused no side effects, according to the study

Chris Reed, Founder and CEO of Reed’s commented, “We’ve known for years that people have been using our Ginger Brews for post-chemo nausea, we’ve even been contacted by doctors who have had cancer and have told us they drank our Reed’s Ginger Brew to relieve their own post-chemo nausea. With 8 to 26 grams of fresh ginger per bottle these drinks work quite well for any kind of nausea; from motion sickness to morning sickness to post chemo nausea. In fact, in medical tests ginger beats Dramamine, which is one of the top over the counter nausea medications.”

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The study’s co-author, Julie Ryan, assistant professor of dermatology and radiation oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, commented in the study, “That’s why we’re so excited. This is something that people have access to, that won’t harm them.”

Reed added, “Other cultures have been using ginger as a folk remedy for thousands of years. It was only a matter of time until ginger would be tested for its effectiveness in treating post-chemo nausea.” Richard Schilsky, Oncology Society President, who wasn’t involved in the study, describes the trial’s results as “conclusive.”

According to Linda Lee director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, “Several studies have shown that ginger can relieve morning sickness during pregnancy.” Doctors don’t yet understand exactly why it works.

Lee noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate supplements and foods such as ginger the same way as it regulates drugs.

“One of the challenges about recommending a ginger supplement is that not all brands are created equal,” stated Lee. “One study looked at several ginger supplements on the market, only to find a few of them did not contain gingerol, one of the active compounds in ginger.”

Reed concluded, “It’s probably obvious to most people that using fresh ginger in our products beats using artificial flavorings, extracts or powders. If you want vitamin C in your diet a lot of people would recommend eating fresh oranges or apples. It just seems obvious that using fresh ginger may be a superior way to consume it. Fresh ginger naturally contains all of the beneficial compounds, the way nature intended them to be delivered.”

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About Reed’s, Inc.

Reed’s, Inc. makes the top selling sodas in natural food markets nationwide and is currently selling in 10,500 supermarkets in natural foods and mainstream. Its six award-winning non-alcoholic Ginger Brews are unique in the beverage industry, being brewed, not manufactured and using fresh ginger, spices and fruits in a brewing process that predates commercial soft drinks. In addition, the Company owns the top selling root beer line in natural foods, the Virgil’s Root Beer product line, and the top selling cola line in natural foods, the China Cola product line. Other product lines include: Reed’s Ginger Candies and Reed’s Ginger Ice Creams.

Reed’s products are sold through specialty gourmet and natural food stores, mainstream supermarket chains, retail stores and restaurants nationwide, and in Canada. For more information about Reed’s, please visit the company’s website at: or call 800-99-REEDS.