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Unbelievable Foods, Herbs, and Spices That Can Heal Cancer
As cancer rates continue to rise, more and more people are looking into the ways that food can not only provide the body with nourishment, but to stop, prevent, or kill cancer cells.
Well, no one can deny that certain herbs, spices, and foods have been consumed for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. Everyone knows that you can eat tomatoes, but not their deadly cousin, Nightshade. You can eat mushrooms, but not all of them. Trained Herbalists know which herbs are good for what purpose, and which are deadly.
The world is a mixed up place where you can buy cigarettes known to cause cancer, but you can’t buy certain herbs or mushrooms because they have no proven health benefit. Well, they do, but not the type of research that modern medicine will accept. Why don’t pharmaceutical companies pay to do research on herbs, foods, and spices? Because they can’t make money on it and these studies would put them out of business.
Well, the good news here is that information is still available so that you can make your own informed choices. We have created a list of 25 of the best foods, spices, and herbs that have scientific evidence to prove that they are great cancer fighters.
Two of the most potent and proven cancer fighters in the world are chlorella and spirulina. These have super powerful detoxification powers that including removing heavy metals from the body, immune boosting abilities bar none, and encouraging healthy gut flora. All types of algae are also known fungus fighters, which mean they can remove Candida from the body. Anyone who is fighting cancer should consider algae a must have in their diet.
2. Medicinal Mushrooms
Although some mushrooms are referred to as “magic” mushrooms, the ones we are referring to are truly medicinal mushrooms, such as chaga, reishi, and shitake. These types of mushrooms have anti-tumor compounds and other types of bioactive molecules which include alkaloids, phenolics, tocopherols, folates, organic acids, flavonoids, carotenoids, and ascorbic acid enzymes. Numerous studies show that, when consumed over time, these types of healing mushrooms prevent tumor growth by greatly increasing the level of antioxidants in the blood, while boosting immune system levels in those which are already stricken with cancer.
Hemp plants are one of the richest sources of oil on this planet, and they are super balanced as well. Hemp oil has the perfect ratio of 3 to 1 for omega 6 to omega 3 oils. Hemp seed oil also contains as much as 80 percent essential fatty acids- more than any other plant. These fatty acids are vital to our immune function because of their high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. These two compounds oxidize the cells of the body and restore health at a cellular level. Cancer cannot survive in a high oxygen environment, which makes the high levels of essential fatty acids in hemp the perfect supplement for healing cancer.
There has been so many studies done in the last decade regarding turmeric, it’s astounding that no one in mainstream medicine has been willing to stand up and give it the credit it deserves. Study after study shows that turmeric has powerful anti-cancer compounds that block the development of cancer in numerous ways including the disruption of cell signaling pathways and eliminating chronic inflammation in the body. In fact, some hospitals in the US are considering using it to help treat colon cancer and stop polyps from turning cancerous. Whether you want to stop the progression of cancer or if you are looking for something to stop cancer from starting, you cannot go wrong by adding more turmeric to your diet.
This is a family of herbs that research has shown have a powerful action against cancer, especially with ovarian cancer. In fact, In March of 2015, the journal CancerWatch, this herb was shown in studies to work better than the drug Temozolomide on brain cancer.
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6. Butcher’s Broom
This herb contains an ingredient called ruscogenin, which has been shown in studies to shrink tumors and have anti-estrogenic abilities. Because of its anti-estrogenic power, this is a terrific choice for fighting breast cancer.
This plant has been used in Native American medicine for hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of years. Chaparral stops the spread of cancer, reduces tumors, and improves the function of the immune system. This is another plant that is anti-microbial, and has high anti-oxidant compounds that seem to work well in the fight against breast cancer. This plant also seems to be well tolerated by the body and it has low toxicity rates, even when consumed in large quantities.
Well-known for its immune boosting powers, this herb is super popular for treating colds and flu viruses, but there is plenty of research to show that this herb can help those with brain tumors and improve the immune system so that the body can naturally fight cancer.
The common bacterium Helicobacter pylori are known to cause stomach ulcers as well as stomach cancer. This pathogen digs deep into the lining of the stomach to hide from digestive acids, and then causes digestive distress. Left untreated, it is not uncommon to find that the patient has developed stomach cancer. Goldenseal has anti-microbial compounds and is used throughout the world to fight parasites. Goldenseal is often sold in combination with Echinacea. When combined with the mineral bismuth, goldenseal can kill this dangerous bacterium.
10. Pau D’Arco
This is from the bark of a tree and is known to be an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-yeast supplement. Recent research shows that some of the ingredients in this tree bark contain something called quinoids, which have powerful immune strengthening abilities and seem to work best for those with cancer of the lymph system and blood cancers.
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11. Sheep’s Sorrell
This herb has been used as a detoxifier and blood cleanser traditionally, but it also is known to help the body rebuild new tissue. Research suggests that this herb can help to normalize cells that have been damaged, which means it could reverse the damage from cancer. Many intestinal worms have no resistance to this herb and it can help kill these types of internal parasites.
Sometimes called Cancer Bush, this plant has been shown in peer reviewed studies to be a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral powerhouse. This plant greatly slows Tumor Necrosis Factor, which is a wasting away of those afflicted with cancer. It also has immune boosting compounds, which can help the body fight off cancer.
A Chinese herb that has actually outperformed anti-malaria drugs in studies. This herb has powerful anti-yeast and anti-microbial compounds and can be an effective part of any anti-candida diet. Typical cancer treatments cause damaging yeast overgrowth in the body, which only adds to a cancer patients list of woes. Some cancer experts believe that excess yeast is a driving force behind some cancers, so by limiting the growth of yeast, wormwood can put a stop to cancer growth if yeast is the factor behind it.
If you have wondered why you see all the juice shops selling out their wheatgrass supply, perhaps it’s because just one shot of this juice gives you the chlorophyll equivalent of about 12 kilos of broccoli! Wheatgrass is a powerful blood purifier and helps to cleanse the liver and kidneys. After consuming one shot of wheatgrass each day for two weeks, studies show that oxygen levels in the blood improve. Since cancer cannot thrive in an oxygen rich environment, this makes wheatgrass a super choice for fighting cancer.
15. Red Clover
Research from several studies, including the Royal Marsden, shows that red clover should be a part of estrogen driven cancer treatments, which would include breast and prostate cancers. One of the active ingredients in red clover is Genistein, which is a powerful anti-estrogen.
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16. Milk Thistle
Known for hundreds of years to support liver function and fight liver diseases, including liver cancer, milk thistle can even protect the liver when subjects are undergoing chemotherapy. Research done in the US show that leukemia patients who consumed this herb had fewer chemo-related side effects and reduced liver toxicity.
More than just stopping fevers, this herb was shown in research done at Rochester University in New York to be more effective at killing leukemia cells than the drug Cytarabine. The FDA even put its active ingredient, parthenolide, on the fast track program, but so far, this is where it is has remained. If approved, this would be the first herb approved by the FDA for cancer treatment.
18. Dang Shen Root
This Chinese root is known to increase wbc count, as well as the red blood cell levels, which can help those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy as both of these treatments tend to lower the levels of both.
19. Cat’s Claw
This common herb is a powerful immune system stimulant and adaptogen. Cat’s claw improves white blood cells’ ability to clean up toxins in the body. This herb is best when combined with curcumin, astragalus, and Echinacea. This tonic can reduce tumor size and is especially helpful in fighting skin cancer. This herb will also help to reduce the side effects from chemotherapy and other types of conventional cancer treatments.
The herb has shown consistent anti-neoplastic activity in research studies. It can help to shrink cancerous tumors and help to stop them from forming. There is a black salve commonly sold that help to kill sarcomas, and bloodroot is the main ingredient in this salve.
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Sometimes known as Huang Qui, this herb from China is well-known for stimulating the body’s production of interferon. It also improves the immune system’s ability to find and destroy rogue cells. Recent research has shown that this herb has great promise in the area of AIDS and cancer treatment. Cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy who consumed astragalus more than doubled their survival times in a research study performed at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
Perhaps the best anti-cancer herb currently known to man. In one double blind, randomized study that involved more than 3,000 human participants, garlic was shown to cut the risk of developing cancer by more than 60 percent for those who consumed garlic each day over the 7 year study period. The active ingredient appears to be the enzyme allinase, which has incredible anti-cancer abilities.
23. Aloe Vera
If you thought this herb was only for skin problems and burns, think again! Aloe vera has been shown in research to have powerful immune modulating and anti-tumor compounds due to the polysaccharides in this common house plant. International Immunopharmacology showed in one study that polysaccharides from aloe vera has potent macrophage activating powers including producing greatly increased volumes of nitric oxide, which is thought to be an anti-tumor compound.
24. Sea Vegetables
Sea vegetables such as kelp, nori, and Kombu have some of the most incredible effects on cancer. It might be due to their high levels of iodine, which is hard to come by in foods grown by modern farming techniques. Studies show that women with breast and ovarian cancers have low levels of iodine in their blood. Sea vegetables are also super rich in potassium and calcium, which make the body more alkaline. Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment. Anyone interested in fighting cancer or in preventing cancer would be wise to add these vegetables from the sea to your diet regularly.
25. Cruciferous Vegetables
This would include vegetables such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. All of these types of vegetables have been shown again and again to stop the growth of cancerous tumors in the lung, colon, liver, breast, and cervix. It’s thought that the powerful phytochemical all these vegetables contain, sulforaphane, stimulate the production of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens in the body.
It’s always easier to prevent cancer, or any disease, rather than treat it after it has developed. Eating more of the above foods and herbs is an easy way to naturally fight cancer at the source.