Breast cancer is the number one cancer affecting women worldwide, and despite the massive amounts of money being thrown at the problem, it continues to persist.
In the U.S. alone about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, and every year there are about 250,000 new cases.
Mainstream medicine treats these women by performing surgeries, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy — all of which may come with severe side effects and risks of developing other cancers, other life-threatening illnesses, and even death.
While they may work for some people, the risks are clear, and the old axiom persists: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The harsh nature of these treatments is also one of the main reasons why some people look elsewhere for treatment. Personal beliefs, lifestyle choices, unsuccessful experiences with modern medicine, and their personal prognoses drive each one of us to seek what is best for our personal recovery journey. In such cases, the Gerson Institute in California and CHIPSA Hospital in Mexico (among numerous others) exist to give patients alternative treatment options.
Throughout all of these treatments, there are several core medicinal plants and foods that are used, of which healing and anti-cancerous properties have been confirmed by several studies.
Recently, an international pharmaceutical journal posted a review of the most common and effective 10 natural breast cancer healing foods and herbs titled ‘Natural cures for breast cancer treatment’ (published in May 2016), which sheds light on some of the most effective natural solutions for keeping the disease at bay.
These foods and herbs could be used as a part of a natural healing protocol created by a naturopathic doctor, in combination with any other therapy, or incorporated into a breast cancer prevention diet.
However you use them, it’s important to know as much as possible about them, because there’s virtually no downside to adding them into your diet (consult with a doctor if you’re taking pharmaceutical drugs first) at a time when breast cancer continues to cause so much damage (and to claim so many lives, for that matter).
The Echinacea plant family, especially Echinacea purpurea, has been studied on mice as well as in the lab, and in all cases it showed great anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic properties.
It was discovered that Echinacea can be particularly beneficial for breast cancer patients by stimulating healthy, natural killer cells to target cancer cells in the body. Echinacea has this effect due to its flavonoids, immune stimulants. Its other ingredients also play a big role in stimulating the immune system, which in return allows for natural ability of its cells to fight cancer. One of the studied had particularly good results when using commercial Echinacea juice.
Garlic is one of the most effective healing foods used all over the world, and for good reason. It has therapeutic benefits for over a hundred conditions. When it comes to cancer, it contains many compounds that play their part in treatment and prevention. Ajoene slows downs cancer growth; organic sulfides and polysulfides stimulate cancer cell death; and selenium, bioflavonoids, cyanidin and quercetin are powerful anti-oxidants, which prevent the healthy cells from damage.
Ripened garlic extract (also known as black garlic) is a great supplement to take for cancer prevention as it prevents DNA damage from carcinogens that are not uncommon in our environment and diet.
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin is linked to anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activity, especially for breast, lung, skin and stomach cancers. It slows down cancer growth at all of its stages: initiation, promotion, and propagation. One of the best ways to take it is in a “golden paste” that includes an oil and black pepper for absorption.
Burdock (Arctium lappa) is a native plant to Europe and Asia, but is also found in North America. The root of this invasive species has been used in herbal medicine and cooking since old times and its modern uses include anti-cancerous treatments. It has been utilized in the treatment of breast, ovary, bladder, pancreatic, and skin cancers. Burdock helps relieve pain, shrink tumors, and lessen symptoms related to cancer.
Its active ingredients are Arctigenin, which helps kill tumor cells with low nutrients, and Tannin, which prevents cancer cell growth.
Carotenoids are plant pigments that give fruits and vegetables bright red, orange and yellow colors. These pigments are also antioxidants and have many therapeutic properties that stimulate the immune system, prevent damage from oxidative stress, and contribute to tumor prevention. An anti-cancerous diet includes consuming a lot of vegetables and fruits that have bright colors, and thus contain carotenoids.
Green tea’s anti-cancerous properties are due to its polyphenolics compounds. These are responsible for anti-tumor and anti-mutagenic activity. Studies on animals have shown that these compounds prevent cancer cell division, while its antioxidants stimulate the immune system.
Ginseng is a popular medicinal plant used in China, Korea, Japan, and Russia. It has numerous cancer-fighting properties: it slows down tumor growth, blocks cancer cells metastasis (when cancer cells break away and travel to a different spot in the body), and stimulates cell differentiation (well-differentiated cancer cells grow and spread slower than undifferentiated cancer cells).
While many people use ginseng already as tea, juice, or fresh in dishes, another therapeutic way to take it is in extract or dried powder form.
Black cohosh or Cimicifuga recemosa is a shrub found in North American forests. It is used by some breast cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. Many studies have discovered its ability to slow down cancer cell production. However, its most common use is in combination with other treatments, which creates a synergetic effect.
Flaxseeds have shown anti-cancer activity when studied on mice that were injected with human breast cancer cells. Cancer rate of mice that were fed a 10% flax seed diet were reduced by 45%. Flax seeds were found to protect cells from carcinogens, as well as to reduce tumor sizes.
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for the human body, and one of the hardest ones to get sometimes, because its only natural source is sunlight (which helps the body produce it). Vitamin D possesses anti-cancerous properties, and the best way to get it is natural sunshine.
When there is no access to natural sun rays, the only other way to receive vitamin D is by taking a supplement, and while it is not the best form, it is recommended to take it during winter months.
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