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Natural wonders for cancer

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Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases all over the world because once it progresses to a certain stage, it cannot be cured. Although, several anti cancer drugs have been formulated to slow down its progression, there’s no permanent cure for invasive cancer. However, in this article, we leave aside drugs and therapies and focus on natural agents that have incredible ability to protect you from a wide range of cancers.

So next time you go shopping for food and grocery, make sure the following are present in your basket.

From the vegetable store

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage contain anti-carcinogenic compounds called indole-3-carbinol, which explicitly combats breast cancer. Cancer fighting effect is also pronounced due to presence of lutein and zeaxanthin in these cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli sprouts are enriched with sulforaphane and its derivates. They are capable of deactivating free radicals and carcinogens present in the body. They also secrete certain enzymes that inhibit growth and progression of tumour cells.

Sweet potatoes, beet root, carrot are loaded with the phytooxidant- beta carotene, which protects the DNA of healthy cells from getting damaged by carcinogens. Carrot contains falcarinol and it can reduce chances of developing wide range of cancers like that of lung, stomach, intestine, mouth, prostate, breasts, etc.

While Kale contains cancer fighting indole, mushroom is an excellent source of lectin and chilli peppers and jalapenos contain a chemical capsaicin. All these vegetables when consumed regularly cuts down risks of having cancer.

From the fruit store

Grapefruits, raspberries, blue berries, Acai berries, and cranberries are enriched with vitamin C, folic acid and powerful antioxidants like monoterpenes, anthocyanins and beta carotenes, which are undoubtedly potent natural wonders for cancer. On the other hand, grapes, oranges, lemons, etc are storehouses of bioflavonoid and other agents like folic acid and limonene which stimulate production of lymphocytes and prevent growth of cancer cells.

Not to miss out, tomatoes and papaya are rich in lycopene, folic acid and vitamin C which substantially reduce risks of several types of cancer.

From the herbal, beverage and spices rack

Include garlic in your everyday diet. It’s an excellent natural wonder for cancer. Being rich in immune-boosting allium compounds like dialyl sultides, they enhance the activity of cancer fighting immune cells. They especially work against carcinogens that trigger stomach, colon and liver cancer.

Similarly, the medicinal properties of turmeric also inhibit progression of tumours. Licorice roots contain glycyrrhzin- a potent chemical that reduces chances of having prostate cancer to a large extent. Other herbs having similar properties are tapioca and rosemary.

Green tea is enriched with antioxidants and therefore it’s a wonderful natural anti cancer drug. You can also have black tea and moderate quantity of red wine. These beverages contain polyphenols- catechins that make you immune to different forms of cancer.

From the box of nuts and some more natural wonders

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, then nuts can prevent aggravation of the disease by inducing apoptosis of cancer cells. Pick ground nuts and Brazil nuts for this purpose. You can also pop in some flax seeds every day.

Apart from those, soy products are rich in phytoestrogens while sea weeds and sea vegetables being rich in vitamin B 12, chlorophyll, fibres and other types of phyto compounds, are certainly natural wonders for cancer.

Now that you know there are so many natural wonders for cancer, you can treat yourself with those foods everyday to boost immunity against cancer. Wish you good health!

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 27, 2015

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