Top 10 Natural Cancer Killers

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6. Mushrooms

Mushroom

Mushrooms offer great benefits for overall health, including their ability to help fight cancer. Asian mushrooms in particular have been used for their medicinal powers by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years.

Asian mushrooms come in many varieties and some of the most recognizable are the shiitake, maitake, reishi, oyster, and cordyceps. Although you can benefit from eating Asian mushrooms, supplements that contain mushroom extracts also provide healing components.

One of those components is ergosterol peroxide, which researchers found to be effective against human prostate cancer cells. (Russo 2010) Specifically, they found that ergosterol peroxide inhibited cancer cell growth and triggered cell suicide (apoptosis), which prompted the researchers to say their findings “confirm the use of mushrooms as origin of compounds to be used as novel therapeutic agents for prostate cancer treatment.”

 

7. Raspberries

raspberries

Raspberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients called anthocyanins, which may protect against cancer. In a study published in Cancer Research, rats given a diet containing 5% to 10% black raspberries had a 43% to 62% decrease in the number of esophageal tumors. In subsequent studies, black raspberry extracts inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells and also demonstrated activity against esophageal cancer in rats. In a recent Ohio State University study, black raspberry powder was given to patients who had colorectal cancer. The investigators found evidence that black raspberries had a positive impact on biomarkers of colorectal cancer, enough for them to conclude that additional studies of black raspberries “for the prevention of colorectal cancer in humans now appear warranted.” Raspberries may be an important part of a cancer prevention diet.

 

8. Green Tea

Green Tea

Start drinking up to a half-gallon of green tea a day, cold or hot, caffeine be damned. (Tea only has a third of the caffeine found in most coffee.) Green tea has epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and catechins, as tough on cancer cells as they are on the tongue to pronounce. EGCG retards cancer growth; and stomach and lung cancer rates in Japan would likely be even higher considering all the cancer-promoting salty food and tobacco there.

Note that in North America s it is very hard to find real green tea. What you are buying is green tea drink (sugar, water, and someone whispering the words “green tea” over the bottle) or green tea mix (a blend of teas to ease that natural bitterness of green tea). The best green tea comes from Japan; and Asian supermarkets carry many varieties, with the best brands being in boxes with letters you can’t read. Note also that black teas lose healthy catechins in the fermentation process; and decaffeinated teas lose catechins in the washing process.

 

9. Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most important sources of lycopene , a phytonutrient and antioxidant that is especially concentrated in tomatoes that are cooked or processed, such as in tomato sauce or tomato juice. Numerous studies have explored the relationship between tomatoes and lycopene and their fight against cancer, and one of the largest studies involved almost 48,000 men. In that study, the researchers found that men who consumed the most tomatoes and tomato products had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer and a 53% reduced risk of getting aggressive prostate cancer. In a follow-up to this study published 7 years later, the investigators confirmed that frequent consumption of tomato products is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

 

10. Turmeric

Tumeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a part of the ginger family. The roots of the plant are ground into the spice that is the mainstay of curry, but it also responsible for making mustard yellow. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which gives the spice its peppery, bitter taste. Turmeric has long been used as an anti-inflammatory and in the treatment of colds and asthma in both Chinese and Indian medicine systems. Scientists have found that turmeric/curcumin also appears to contain some cancer fighting properties.

Scientists at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, had noticed that in contrast to the high incidence of prostate cancer in the United States, disease incidence in India is very low. It has been suggested that this difference may be related to the fact that Indians consume large amounts of plant-based foods that are rich in phytochemicals, which have been shown to protect against disease.

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