6 Natural Ways To Prevent And Treat Cancer
Unfortunately, as the statistics suggest we have all been affected by cancer in some way; whether it is directly or indirectly. The likelihood is that we have also seen the toll that chemotherapy and radiotherapy can take on someone. Obviously, this is a known way of treating or reducing the cancerous tumours, but what scientists have also found is that there are certain foods, herbs and spices, which contain phytochemicals, which can affect our bodies biologically.
These phytochemicals are able to stimulate the immune system, and some have been suggested that they can actually keep cancer at bay.
As we all know there is currently no way to cure cancer, however, the below remedies have been known help soothe certain cancers.
Turmeric is a fantastic spice and is used in a lot of home remedies, as it is a really effective natural anti-inflammatory. This is down the curcumin, which is what gives it its distinctive yellow colour.
Medical experts have discovered that this spice is also very effective at controlling cancerous tumours as well. This is because the tumours have a huge network of blood vessels that feed them, and the curcumin can work against these blood vessels, effectively choking the cancer cells.
Mixing this with black pepper and olive oil can activate the power that is found in turmeric as well. It is an incredibly versatile spice, with a mild flavour, so can be added to a huge array of dishes, or used to marinate meat, which is an easy, and great way of getting cancer preventative goodness into your body.
We all know by now just how great garlic is for our immune system, so it really should come at no surprise that it can also help to prevent cancer, especially stomach cancer. It is not just garlic either, everything from the same family, including; onions, shallots, spring onions and leeks are all really effective.
All of the above are classed as allium vegetables, which contain organosulfur compounds, which is what makes our eyes water when they are cut up. But it is this compound that is great for strengthening the immune system, as well as having anti-carcinogenic qualities.
On top of this, garlic is one of the most versatile foods, and many believe it to be a cooking essential, and can be added to most dishes in order to give it a bit of immune-boosting quality.
Ginger is another ingredient that is often used in natural remedies but is also very effective at preventing cancer, thanks to the fact that it contains gingerol, which then forms zingerone when it is dried. These two ingredients are believed to have fantastic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and could be great at protecting people against many forms of cancer, medical experts say.
Although there are many ways to incorporate ginger into your diet, you can store ginger in the freezer and grate little bits into lentils and rice when you are cooking to give it a boost of flavour. Alternatively, you can try steeping thin slices in a cup of hot water for ten to fifteen minutes to make a tea that is really calming, can help to relieve nausea, whilst decreasing your risk of cancer at the same time.
Although not to everyone’s taste, black pepper contains piperine, which is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is well known for having really strong antioxidant properties.
Studies have actually shown that both black pepper and turmeric inhibited the growth of cancerous stem cells of breast tumours, without destroying healthy cells.
Black pepper can actually add a lot of flavour to most dishes, from scrambled eggs, salads, to soups and casseroles, and is a healthy alternative to table salt, which will do some good to your body at the same time.
Cayenne pepper packs a more smokey punch than black pepper but is no less effective. It contains capsaicin, which is another powerful antioxidant that has shown to be toxic to cancer cells.
In one study that was carried out at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, it was found that capsaicin actually stifled the growth of prostate cancer cells, and had the power to kill them off. It is not necessarily to everyone’s taste, but if it is for you, it can add a kick to some of your favourite foods and snacks. As well as being added to a number of different dishes, it can also be put on popcorn to spice up your snacks.
Oregano is an incredibly powerful herb, that has been linked to the prevention and treatment of cancer. This is because it contains a molecule called carvacrol, which can help offset the spread of cancer cells by working as a natural disinfectant.
If you are not too keen on oregano, fear not, as this powerful molecule is also present in marjoram, mint, thyme, basil and parsley. Even marinating foods with oregano can help to reduce the formation of heterocyclic amines, which has been found to increase the cancer risk in animals, and is formed when chemicals are released when meat is cooked at high temperatures.
Oregano is an incredibly versatile herb though and can be added to different marinades, pizza, pasta, and salads just to name a few. The list really is endless though.