National Cancer Institute has confirmed the increase in annual mortality owing to cancer or cancer medication. Cancer is triggered by almost anything from toxins, chemicals, harmful rays and radiations to even our regular lifestyle. It is never too late to accustom ourselves to habits that’ll help prevent cancer. Herbs provide us with non-toxic ways of preventing cancer and also fighting against it.
Effective Anti-Cancer Herbs
Black walnut belongs to the walnut family of Juglandaceae. Scientifically it is known as a Juglans nigra. Walnuts give you high supplementation of Omega-3 fatty acids. Research and extended studies have confirmed that the right balance of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help lower the risks of cancer. It is also effective against heart diseases and autoimmune disorders. However, abstain from long term use of this because a chemical named juglone has mild carcinogenic effects. You should take extracts of green unripe nut hulls regularly.
Turmeric is a relative of ginger and has tremendous medicinal properties. It is grown widely in India and South-East Asia. It is known to prevent cancer and fight against it by shrinking tumors and eliminating abnormal body tissue. Research has confirmed that curcumin, a powerful anti-oxidant present in turmeric effectively destroys cancerous growths by interfering in the cancer cell blood supply. Turmeric prevents the growth of cancerous masses and prevents prostrate, breast, colon and even skin cancers. You can add turmeric to your daily food. You may also add fresh turmeric to a glass of milk and consume it daily.
Recently everyone was abuzz about this wonder fruit called Soursop that has anti-cancer properties and helps cancer patients too. However, in-depth research on these properties is still underway. Soursop is mostly grown in tropical countries and is a very common fruit in South East Asia, Hawaii, Sri-Lanka, Seychelles etc. It is known as durian in Malay, paw-paw in Brazilian and Graviola in Spanish. Reports say that this herb is 10.000 times more effective than chemotherapy. The cancer prevention property of Soursop comes from a chemical called annonacin. You should make the fruit a part of your regular diet. Ice-creams, smoothies, sorbets, pies or other desserts can be prepared. You may also prepare tea using 2 leaves for 1 cup of water.
Custard apple is known as sweetsop and is distantly related to Soursop about which I have discussed above. The botanical name of the custard apple is Annona reticulata . Research done in Airlangga University has confirmed that this odd tasting fruit has immense medicinal potential and can benefit health. It can also prevent cancer. An anti-cancer chemical called acetogenin is present that prevents the onset of tumors or cancer. Not only is acetogenin useful against this, combined with other alkaloids present in the fruit it cures kidney problems and prevents kidney failures. You can make custard apple a regular fruit in your diet. Prepare smoothies, juices or eat as fruit.
In scientific terms, alfalfa is called Medicago sativa L. It belongs to the Pea family. It has been used by the Chinese to prevent cancer and is known as Mu-Su in Chinese medicine terminology. Alfalfa helps in the production of White blood cells and effectively counteracts the side effects of chemo sessions. You can prepare fresh alfalfa teas. You can also use freshly sprouted alfalfa in salads and other culinary preparations, but ensure washing them well before using them. It is also available in the capsular form and should be taken in doses of 1000mg-1500mg per day.
Evening Primrose Oil
This herb has been traditionally used by native Europeans in North America. The other common name for evening primrose is the Night-willow herb. It belongs to the evening primrose family named Onagraceae. In scientific terms, this herb is known as Oenothera biennis. The fragrant oil extracted from the evening primrose has medicinal properties. The oil of the seed contains about 9.2% of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and considerable amounts of Omega-6 essential fatty acids. These ingredients are known to reduce cancer especially breast cancer and help prevent cancer. It also plays an important role in reducing body cholesterol and blood pressure. It also makes the immune system stronger and active.
The evening primrose oil is easily available in capsular form. Leaves and stem from the plant apices can be used to prepare the concoction.3 tablespoons of diced fresh leaves or stems must be put in 2 cups of boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool the preparation and strain. Drink this at least twice daily. You may also use the oil in the dressing for salads.
Lemongrass is a very promising herbal candidate when it comes to cancer. Clinically it has shown some extremely impressive results in the prevention of cancer as well as in its progression. The botanical name for lemongrass is Cymbopogon citratus. It is a slender, tall and aromatic herb commonly used in the kitchen and is native to Asia. Some chemical compounds like citral and myrcene found in the volatile oils extracted from the left of the herb are said to have medicinal properties.
Lemongrass is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates harmful free radicals which otherwise may interact with the body cells, damage the DNA and alter cell metabolic pathways giving rise to cancer. Clinically, lemongrass is also known to slow the progression and inhibit the first stages of this feared disease. Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology journal published in 2009 said that lemongrass inhibits breast cancer and is also capable of stimulating apoptosis (cell death) in the cancerous cells. Lemongrass may be used in the preparation of your food. This aromatic herb is an excellent choice for salads and vegetable spring rolls.
The scientific name for red clover is Trifoliun pretence and it belongs to the Pea family. Red clover has various elements and chemicals that are effective against several health ailments. It has an active concentration of Isoflavones which helps red clover fight against cancer especially that of the breasts. Besides cancer prevention, red clover is effective in treating menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis and helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Red clover makes an excellent herbal tea. You can add honey to enhance the flavor. It is widely available in extract or capsule forms health stores.