Despite the development of new technologies for the early detection and treatment of cancer, this disease remains one of the top ten killers in the United States. Many lifestyle changes – including weight loss, regular exercise, smoking cessation and moderate alcohol use – can help lower the chances of developing this disease. And diet plays an important role as well. Below are seven of the top herbs and foods that can help prevent and/or treat this serious condition.
Consumption of sea vegetables such as nori, kombu and kelp are only now beginning to catch on in the West. This is a good thing, as sea vegetables like this are one of the richest natural sources of iodine available, which has been shown to help for cancers of the breast and ovaries especially. Because of their high mineral content, they also have a very alkalizing effect on the body, which can help prevent the development of cancer in the first place.
Members of the cruciferous family – which includes nutritional superstars like broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower – have a high sulfur content. This appears to be able to stimulate enzymes in the body that will detoxify and remove cancer cells before they have a chance to damage healthy tissues. They have also been shown to slow the growth of tumors in the colon, lungs, uterus, liver and cervix.
Certain mushrooms like reishi and chaga are rich in many compounds like phenols, flavonoids, carotenoids and folates – just to name a few. These compounds have proven anti-carcinogenic properties. Reishi mushrooms have been studied for their ability to slow or even halt the growth or spread of cancerous tumors due to its immune-boosting antioxidants.
Aloe vera is rich in polysaccharides, which have long been studied for their ability to strengthen the immune system and prevent the growth of tumors. It is believed that this is due to the fact that these compounds are able to activate macrophages to help prevent the development of cancer in the first place.
Hemp oil is so good for the body because it has such a healthy ratio (3:1) of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that support a strong and robust immunity and help to oxygenate the cells; good oxygenation is linked to lower incidence of cancer development.
Garlic has long been used for its immunotherapeutic properties and in one study of 3000 patients, it was shown that garlic consumption on a regular basis effectively cut the chances of developing cancer by about 60%. This is largely due to the enzyme alliinase, found in all members of the allium family, including garlic, onions and shallots.
The active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, has been shown to prevent many underlying causes of cancer, such as cell damage and chronic inflammation. It does this, again, largely through support and strengthening of the body’s natural immunity.
So consider adding these vegetables and herbs to your diet. They are rich in compounds that not only will reduce your risk of cancer, but improve your overall health and longevity.
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