Horror stories surround more and more substances and products that can potentially cause cancer, but on the other hand, there are also multiple foods that can prevent or contain the growth of cancer cells.
Are the products on the list on your table?
Charcuterie, red meat, palm oil (add what is needed) – the list of carcinogens to avoid, it is known by heart, although rumors about their dangerousness can be more terrifying than the real risks. In order not to quiver with fear and face the danger of cancer, here is an overview of the products that most scientists agree to help reduce the risk of developing the disease and some – to destroy the cells already reached.
– Sturdy trio: turmeric + apple + grape –
The anti-cancer abilities of the yellow substance, curcumin , have been the subject of deep research for a long time. Now, while curcumin is already considered as an alternative, without side effects, to chemotherapy in the treatment of several types of cancer, the substance could be further enhanced in the fight against tumors.
The substances contained in turmeric, apple and grape combined could prevent and treat one of the most common cancers in the United States, that of the prostate indicates a recent study. Curcumin, ursolic acid in apple peel and resveratrol found in red grapes and some berries were tested in mouse models with this disease.
At the end of the tests, the researchers concluded that ursolic acid, combined with one of the compounds mentioned, prevented the cells from growing from this type of cancer.
“These nutrients have potent anti-cancer properties and are readily available. We only need to increase their amount so that it goes beyond the levels of a balanced diet to have an effect on prostate cancer cells, “says study co-author Stefano Tiziani.
– Grape seeds –
Grape seeds are often mentioned as an abundant source with the potential to slow the progression of cancer cells. For most patients, research shows the effectiveness of treatment based on the use of grape seed extract, without the dangerous or fatal side effects of chemotherapy and radiology.
In fact, the results suggest that the benefits are more noticeable at more advanced stages of the disease. For example, researchers at the University of Colorado have tested the impact of grape seed extract on colorectal cancer cell lines at several stages of development. Conclusion: An improvement in the anticancer mechanisms was detected against the background of the use of grape seed extract as the cancer progressed.
At the same time, chemotherapy has shown a rather opposite trend with a decrease in these mechanisms in the advanced phases.
– Grenade –
Recent research shows that pomegranate may contain cancer progression, particularly thanks to polyphenols and their antioxidant abilities. The fruit proves its effectiveness in the fight against two types of cancer, breast and colon, say researchers.
According to experiments, ellagic acid (polyphenol antioxidant) inhibits the growth of cancer cells and disables carcinogenic compounds. In this, the acid in question is also present in several berries and nuts as well as in red grapes.
– Cruciferous vegetables –
Broccoli, radish, cabbage and cauliflower, Brussels sprouts – scientists have long studied cruciferous vegetables as a link between their frequent consumption and the risk of cancer. According to some studies, those who eat these vegetables in quantity have a lower risk of having prostate and colon cancer. In addition, women who consume more than five servings of cruciferous vegetables a week are at lower risk for lung cancer.
The positive effect may be due to phytonutrients they contain, able to slow down the metabolism of certain carcinogens, as well as stimulate the production of enzymes that detoxify the body.
– Green tea –
We remember the discovery of a 12-year-old American schoolboy who found that the antioxidants found in green tea had adverse effects on the cancer cells of worms. Some researchers, for their part also believe that this kind of tea can act as an anticancer agent.
Eloquent in this context is the anamnesis of the Asian region where green tea is widespread: researchers record, for example, the number of cases of lower prostate cancer than in countries preferring other drinks. However, the tea can not rely on an anti-tumor influence alone, so the situation can also be explained by the frequent consumption of plant foods in countries like China and Japan.
Nevertheless green tea is recognized as a “soldier” able to cope with cancer. The protagonists here are, unsurprisingly, polyphenols, antioxidants that can not only block the enzymes needed to increase cancer cells, but also kill them without negative effect on healthy ones.
Specifically, the substance EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) present in green tea is considered several times more potent than vitamins E and C from the point of view of its antioxidant activity.
– Strawberries and black raspberries force cancer cells to self-destruct –
A team of researchers at the University of California investigated the role of extract of several fruits and berries in the treatment of cancer before concluding that strawberries and black raspberries were most effective in causing apoptosis of injured cells (the process where cells self-destruct). As pomegranates, strawberries and black raspberries are full of ellagic acid that could prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast. The algorithm is as follows: Ellagic acid deactivates carcinogens and prevents cancer cells from multiplying.
Experience in China has shown that 36 participants at high risk of esophageal cancer have reduced this risk by eating strawberries for six months. As researchers discovered, the fruit prevented esophageal lesions from turning into tumors.
Similarly, strawberries and black raspberries are rich in anthocyanins that give fruits and vegetables a blue, red or purple color. These compounds can counteract diseases caused by oxidative stress and free radicals, including certain types of cancer.
– Garlic –
Without producing side effects, garlic targets the weak points of cancer cells especially with two substances, allicin and quercetin. Allicin is the substance found also in members of the family of alliums, including onions, leeks, chives and shallots, which is able to curb the development of cancer. The Quercetin is a flavonoid that strengthens immunity of a person and helps his body fight cancer at the cellular level.
Overall, garlic has demonstrated laboratory capacity for killing leukemic cells and slowing the growth of tumors in the prostate, bladder, colon and stomach tissues.