Best 12 Foods and Herbs for a Healthy Pancreas

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1.  Lemon

Anything sour, such as lemons, encourages the release of vital digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Limes and kiwi fruit are also beneficial for the pancreas.

 

2. Calendula

Studies of various extracts from calendula have shown that it has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-genotoxic compounds. Scientists in Spain performed a study in 2006 that showed that calendula extract showed that it could possibly stop tumor cell proliferation between 70 to 100 percent in tests done with human tumor cells, including pancreatic cancer cells. This shows that calendula has cytotoxic tumor properties and can trigger lymphocyte initiation.

 

3. Licorice

Licorice root is thought to be an excellent treatment for many problems with pancreas. Traditional Chinese medicine has used licorice root for thousands of years. Research even shows that this common root is loaded with an anti-inflammatory compound that reduces pain and swelling that is associated with pancreatitis.

 

4. Goldenseal

Goldenseal is so popular that it has been harvested almost to the point of extinction. Should you be lucky enough to have some in your area, please be responsible and harvest only what you truly need and allow the remainder to reseed.

Goldenseal is one of the most valued herbs known to man due to its therapeutic and medicinal benefits. It can lower blood sugar levels and help the pancreas with its overall function. It stimulates the beta cells within the pancreas, which is very beneficial to those with diabetes.

With its antibacterial, laxative, antiseptic, tonic, muscle stimulant, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic compounds, it is capable of supporting the healthy function of not only the pancreas, but the colon and spleen as well.

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