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8 Spices that Reduce the Risk of Cancer
The word “cancer” strikes fear in the heart of everyone who hears it. There is good reason to be afraid. Although different types of cancer have different survival rates, it seems sometimes like the battle against cancer is almost as bad as the disease itself.
Anytime you cook food, it degrades the nutrients it contains and damages the enzymes. Especially in the case of high temperature cooking ( such as grilling, frying, barbequing) it tends to lead to the formation of substances that cause cancer, called HCA’s ( heterocyclic amines), By adding spices to your meats, you can greatly cut down on these carcinogens that come from cooking.
There’s good news on the horizon, however. By using the following 8 spices liberally on all your food dishes, even if you don’t fry them, you can significantly lower your risk of developing cancer to begin with. You don’t have to put all 8 on every meal, even adding just one, is a great way to get the benefit of cancer reduction.
All these spices are easy to buy; however raw and organic is the best way to go. Check out this list of the top 7 spices that can reduce your risk of cancer and stop feeling so afraid.
Rosemary is perhaps the strongest at protecting you from HCA’s. It can also cut back on compounds called PAH’s, the carcinogens that are formed in the smoke that surrounds foods, especially meat, when they are cooking, and AGE’s ( advanced glycation end products), that are made during cooking.
AGE’s build up in the body over time leading to inflammation, oxidative stress, kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, and advanced aging.
One study found that adding spices, such as rosemary, to hamburgers can reduce the levels of carcinogens in the meat by as much as 71 percent as well as levels in the urine by a whopping 49 percent.
Rosemary is perhaps the one of the best anti-inflammatory spices available.
Although cumin is quite popular for helping with digestion problems, it’s also a great anti-oxidant. Seeds from cumin plants are often chewed by Indians who want to ensure they have proper and healthy digestion after meals. Cumin seeds also contain a compound called thymoquinone, which helps reduce the spread of cells which are known to cause colon cancer.
Fennel is another great cancer fighter. It contains a compound called anethole, which is known to resist the invasive as well as the adhesion of cancer cells. Fennel suppressed the activities, as well as the enzymes, that encourage cancerous cells to grow and multiply. It also has plenty of phytonutirents and antioxidants to top it all off!
You’ve probably used oregano on your Italian food such as pizzas, and pasta dishes, without every knowing that oregano has very strong anti-cancer properties. Oregano has antimicrobial compounds as well. It’s possible that just one small teaspoon of oregano can stop the growth and spread of cancerous cells, such as those that cause prostate cancer. Read also how oregano boosts lung health.
Ginger has been used for its healing qualities for centuries. Besides helping to reduce cholesterol, ginger can increase the body’s metabolism. Now you can add fresh ginger to your diet knowing that you are actually killing cells that cause cancer in the body. You can add ginger to salads, vegetable dishes, fish, and rice dishes.
Compounds in saffron, called crocetin, actually stop the progression of cancer. These compounds also can reduce the size of a cancerous tumor by as much as 50 percent. Although saffron is one of the more expensive herbs you can buy, its benefits are well worth it. Eating on a few of its threads daily is enough to give you the benefits you are looking for.
Cinnamon is perhaps one of the most popular of spices, being used in breads, desserts, and cookies. You only need a half teaspoon of this tasty spice every day to reap the cancer reducing benefits. Cinnamon is well known to stop the formation of new tumors as well as reduce the growth of tumors that have already started. Try adding a 2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your next pot of coffee for a unique taste that will give you all the benefits this spice has to offer.
This is such a great spice, with so many health benefits, it’s no wonder it’s used so much around the world.
Turmeric has been used for more than 5,000 years in Eastern countries. This spice is valued for its warm, peppery type of flavor as well as for its medicinal value.
It’s used quite in bit in India. It’s important to note that the four most common cancers that are found in the USA, colon, prostate, breast, and lung cancer, are 10 times lower in India. It’s the curcumin, the pigment that gives this spice its orange-ish color, which is responsible for its medicinal effects.
People in India call turmeric “the holy powder” because it can cure or prevent so many illnesses including:
- Fight cancer
- Purify the blood
- Support healthy liver function
- Fight Alzheimer’s
- Fight arthritis
- Detox the body
And much, much more. Turmeric can enhance the flavor of just about any food, just be sure to buy pure turmeric powder, not just curry powder. Most curry powders contain very little curcumin, compared to turmeric powder.
If for some reason you find that you don’t enjoy the taste of turmeric, you can always get the same benefits by taking a high quality, organic supplement, available at all health food stores.
Reduce your risk of developing cancer by simply adding, as well as enjoying, some tasty, well-seasoned foods on a daily basis. Eating the spices mentioned above, should set you on the road to a long, happy, healthy life, free from cancer.
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