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12 Effective Foods Which Fight And Destroy Cancer Cells
Despite what you might have heard in the mainstream media, there really is no such thing as a cancer cell that cannot be defeated. The main difference between cancers that continue to grow in the body and those that don’t is what we put inside our bodies to stop their growth and destroy these mutant cells.
When given a proper diet, the human immune system can naturally fight off cancer cells. Certain proteins in the body can be made ineffective if these cells have uncontrolled growth because of damage or mutations to our DNA through toxins, a poor food diet, and chemical pollutants which override or derail the body’s natural immune system.
The journal Science Translation Medicine published a study in which researchers identified a molecule, called TlC10, which was shown to activate a protein that helps to fight disease and destroy cancer cells. This protein, called tumor necrosis factor related apoptosis inducing ligand, or TRAIL for short, can cross the blood-brain barrier.
This means that while chemotherapy is stopped from passing the blood-brain barrier because the body is smart enough to know that this is not good for the brain, TRAIL proteins are allowed to pass through to provide their beneficial effects.
Basically it comes down to eating a healthy, natural diet to prevent cancer. Some foods are superstars when it comes to improving the immune system and fighting cancer cells naturally.
To prevent cancer from ever getting a foothold in your body, read on about the top 12 super effective foods that fight cancer and destroy its cells.
Red foods in general tend to have powerful cancer-fighting properties. Cherries contain a powerful compound called perillyl alcohol, or POH, which has been found in both in vitro and in vivo studies to destroy a wide variety of cancer cells. Cherries can be one of the most contaminated fruits when it comes to pesticides, so always choose the organic variety.
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The king of spices, turmeric, contains a compound which is possibly the most powerful antioxidant known to man. This compound, curcumin, has seemingly endless health benefits, including the formation of metastases. A very comprehensive summary of more than 700 studies involving turmeric found that this spice from India appears to outperform many drugs. It’s good to note that not only does turmeric fight many diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s, but it does so with no side effects.
3. Olive Oil
One of the staples of the healthy Mediterranean diet, extra virgin olive oil has been shown in studies to protect the body from breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer, just to name a few. This is one of the best oils you can use for effectively fighting back against cancer.
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4. Sea Vegetables
Some of the best cancer-fighting foods come to us from the sea. Kombu, arame, nori, hijiki, and wakame are just a few of the vegetables that have a powerful effect on cancer. They are loaded with healthy minerals that most Americans do not get enough of, including calcium, iron, and magnesium. They are also a great source of bioavailable iodine. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are both factors for the development of certain types of cancer, and sea vegetables are known to fight inflammation and contain a great many antioxidants, which counter the effects of oxidative stress.
Both hemp oil and hemp seeds encourage full body healing and raise the melatonin levels of most people thousands of times what is considered to be normal. Melatonin has been found to either slow or stop the growth of several types of cancer cells. Some studies have linked melatonin with a greatly improved quality of life and a longer survival rate for those with terminal cancers, such as advanced lung cancer. A few small studies reported that some cancers went into a total or partial remission. Hemp oil is one of the best sources of a balanced omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acid ratio. Both hemp oil and hemp seeds can help the body find proper balance and heal itself.
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6. Red Grapes and Red Wine
One of the best sources of an anti-mutagen antioxidant, called resveratrol, can be found in red grapes and red wine. Resveratrol has been shown to reduce oxidant-caused cell death, which inhibits the production abnormal growth in cells, especially in the intestinal tract. Resveratrol has been shown in numerous studies to inhibit a compound called CoX-2, which has been linked to cancer and pre-cancerous growths. So while Big Pharma is busy trying to sell you their synthetic CoX-2 inhibitors, all you really need is to consume either pure red grape juice, or enjoy a glass of wine with dinner to get all the CoX-2 inhibitors you need.
Although most people are aware that garlic is good for the heart, most people are unaware that garlic is also a powerful cancer inhibitor. One study, from the Republic of Korea, found that one compound in garlic, diallyl sulfide, inhibited the cell proliferation of many different types of cancer. Garlic also contains one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants, called allicin. A diet rich in antioxidants is vital for the prevention of cancer. Garlic must be chopped or crushed to release all of these cancer-fighting compounds.
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8. Chlorella and Spirulina
Researchers out of South Korea recently published a study that found that the carotenoids from chlorella can effectively prevent cancer in human subjects. Perhaps this is because chlorophyll is known to neutralize toxins and environmental pollutants while carrying oxygen to all cells in the body. Cancer simply cannot grow in cells that are fully oxygenated.
Although spirulina cannot remove heavy metals from the body like chlorella can, it does have powerful immune stimulating compounds. This alga contains important amino acids that balance blood sugar levels and offer improved mental function. One study out of China found that spirulina, in combination with selenium, inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells in the human body.
9. Medicinal Mushrooms
Gotta love ‘shrooms! They have been used for at least the last 5,000 years as medicine. They have powerful anti-viral as well as anti-cancer effects. More than 50 species of mushrooms have been studied, and many of them have been found to stop human cancer cells. Shiitake, maitake, and coriolus versicolor have been all been found to be the most powerful anti-cancer mushrooms of all the species tested.
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10. Green Tea
You have most likely heard by now about the numerous health benefits of green tea. The primary catechin in green tea, EGCG, has been found to block pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body. Green tea has numerous health benefits, such as improving the metabolism and stimulating immune system function, but now you know that there is one more you can add to the list: super cancer fighter. Always brew fresh green tea from Japan at home. The stuff sold in bottles and cans contain almost no nutritional value.
Although all vegetables are healthy, tomatoes are head and shoulders above the produce crowd. Regular consumption of tomatoes has consistently been linked with a lower risk of developing numerous types of cancer. This is due to the high levels of carotenoids and a compound called lycopene. One of the great things about tomatoes is that no matter what you do with them, freeze them, juice them, stew them, cook them, boil them, or make a sauce out of them, you cannot destroy their healthy compounds.
12. Cruciferous Veggies
You knew these would be on this list, right? Everyone knows that cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts contain compounds such as glucosinolates, which have powerful anti-cancer effects. Although you can’t go wrong, no matter which cruciferous veggie you decide to eat, the most powerful vegetables in this group for fighting cancer are turnip greens, cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.
Eat a healthy diet and reap the rewards, friends! Mother Nature will never steer you wrong.