My friend and colleague, Greg Ashby, who is a Health Coach on our team, has written an informative listing of foods that help in combating cancer in the body.
My experience in working with cancer has shown me that incorporating these types of foods and herbs, into your daily diet, can play a powerful role in supporting the body’s efforts to heal and thrive. In fact, this entire company was founded on the premise:
“Food is Medicine”
We work tirelessly to share our philosophy of food’s ability to help in healing the body from all disease.
I hope you enjoy this article!
15 Foods to Cancer-Proof Your Body
|Greg Ashby, CHHC, AADP lives in Ogden, Utah, is an Integrative Health Coach and Functional Nutrition Consultant, and has been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 20 years.
Because of his experience with Cancer, Adrenal and Thyroid disorders, he’s committed to Autoimmunity and Cancer prevention and management. He enjoys studying the Psychology of Eating and Behavioral disorders.
While there are many healing foods available to us, here are 15 of the top herbs, fruits, vegetables and nuts to benefit you and your family by protecting you from chronic inflammation and possibly even disease.
1. Sea Vegetables, such as Arama, Kombu, Hijiki, Nori and Wakame (they sound fancy, but most can be found in the international food section of your local health foods market).
Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are risk factors for the genesis of cancer. Sea vegetables contain a variety of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds and this nutrient combination has been shown to deliver some risk-lowering benefits in the case of colon cancer and other cancer types.
2. Turmeric (the active ingredient is curcumin) has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative benefits on blood vessel tissue lining by suppressing inflammation and/or the effects of oxidative stress (think of oxidative stress as cellular rusting). Studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the formation of blood vessels in tumors called angiogenesis. Turmeric, especially curcumin, helps to prevent changes on a molecular level. When cooking with turmeric, use coconut oil and black pepper to enhance the uptake and benefits of curcumin.
Curcumin has been shown to have significant antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity. New research shows that it can both shrink cancer tumors and inhibit blood supply growth to tumors. It is a powerful antioxidant with liver protective benefits.
3. Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in red grape skins, pomegranate, raw cacao, peanuts, raspberries and mulberries, which are known to have numerous beneficial health effects. Resveratrol is a compound that contributes to the antioxidant potential of red grapes, and has antioxidant and antimutagenic (anti-cancer) properties.
4. Green Tea benefits come through water-soluble polyphenols (called EGCG , or catechins) extracted from the leaves. Evidence shows that almost every organ system is benefited by these polyphenols.
Green tea offers cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-obesity, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-atherogenic, liver protective and blood vessel health benefits.
Research has shown beneficial effects are seen in doses of 3 to 5 cups of strong green tea as well as from 500 to 1000 mg of EGCG extract in supplement form taken daily.
5. Wasabi has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as aid in detoxification and induction of death (apoptosis) of cancer cells.
6. Kimchi has been shown to have anticarcinogenic properties, as well as enhancing immune function.
7. Cruciferous Vegetables include broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower. These vegetables contain cancer-fighting components such as sulforaphane. One of the main targets of sulforaphane is cancer stem cells, where it’s been shown to slow the growth of tumors.
8. Most all berries have a power-punch phytonutrient called anthocyanins, which research shows actually slows down the growth of precancerous cells.
9. Tomatoes contain power! The power lies in a carotenoid called lycopene, which has been shown to stop endometrial cancer cell growth as well as potentially other cancers. The trick is to use fresh, cooked tomatoes. The heating increases the body’s uptake of lycopene.
10. Walnuts contain phytosterols that block estrogen receptor cells in breast tissues, slowing growth.
11. Garlic may lower the risk of colon cancer by blocking a carcinogen called nitrosamines, a chemical compound that has been shown to increase the risk colon cancer.
12. Beans may lower colon cancer risk by raising butyrate, a fatty acid, which has a protective effect against the growth of cancer.
13. Astragalus is a Chinese herb and an immune system booster known to stimulate the body’s natural production of interferon. It also helps the immune system identify rogue cells. Studies show that work with this herb in both cancer and AIDS cases is encouraging. The MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas conducted research showing that taking astragalus when having radiotherapy doubled survival times.
14. Cat’s Claw is an adaptogen and powerful immune-stimulant, cat’s claw enhances the white cells clean up process (phagocytosis). It is an excellent companion to astragalus, curcumin and echinacea. Research indicates that it can reduce tumor size particularly with skin cancers. It also helps reduce the side-effects of chemo and radiotherapy.
15. Medicinal Mushrooms have been known for centuries to contain cancer and disease preventing properties. Their particular area of focus is the immune system. They are anti-inflammatory, non-toxic and great for daily use.
George Burns, the famous comedian, was once asked by Larry King in an interview if he had ever had arthritis? “Oh, yes, I was the first to get it,” Burns replied.
A funny joke, but in actual fact, Arthritis is possibly the world’s oldest disease. It has a myriad of forms and all are deadly, even fatal such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The Arthritis Foundation tells us that over 100 million Americans of all ages, even young children, suffer from Arthritis. That’s one out of every two people!
For over 20 years now, we have been helping people with joint pain and discomfort associated with arthritis, including related inflammatory conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus.
We see exceptional results starting with simple dietary changes, powerful ionic trace minerals, all-natural anti-inflammatory herbs and daily exercise. Eliminating dairy is an easy first step. Did you know countries with the highest consumption of milk, cheese, ice cream and butter also have the highest levels of osteoporosis and arthritis? Visit www.NotMilk.com to learn more.
Recently we uncovered research on an all-natural compound called Celadrin® that promises to rewrite the history books in the fight against all forms of Arthritis. Without dangerous drug side-effects. I won’t bore you with the scientific details behind this amazing compound here, but if you want to know more, read the article, How Celadrin Works.
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The name says it all! Structural Lubrication is a lubricant for joints! Like a rusty machine that gets some needed oil, everything starts working – exactly as it was intended. Structural Lubrication includes Celadrin and many more amazing natural compounds, supporting the body in making the lubricant our bones and joints need.
Notable advances in the nutritional sciences have paved the path for landmark products such as Glucosamine, SAMe, Chondroitin, MSM, and others. As a result, millions have found relief in these products and continue to use them in their quest towards healthy mobility.
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Over 60% of Americans fail to get adequate amounts of Calcium! Osteoporosis (porous bones) is becoming an epidemic, particularly among women. But men are also “crumbling”.
How can this be possible? So many people take Calcium supplements, drink milk by the gallon and eat cheese and ice cream without benefit. What has gone wrong?
We are going to debunk the myths behind Calcium supplementation and what truly is required to grow strong, healthy bones.
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Sam’s bones were so healthy, they actually pushed the foreign hardware out of them!
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MICROCRYSTALLINE HYDROXAPATITE makes up the crystalline matrix of bone and teeth (giving them their rigidity), and is a source of highly absorbable calcium and phosphorus, the major mineral components of bone, teeth, strong, healthy hair, nails and skin. Those suffering from “thin skin” and who bruise and bleed easily are always deficient in MCHA.
VITAMIN C is the prime antioxidant vitamin, vital to fight free radical formation, and is necessary in large, daily amounts to fight bone degradation.
VITAMIN D-3 is THE bone vitamin, now being hailed as a “miracle vitamin” to fight bone wasting and degradation and also in the fight against cancer.
VITAMIN K is an amazing, natural element found in green, leafy vegetables and their leaves. It is the key to bone density. Vitamin K is the key, opening the door from the blood, allowing the Calcium to flow into the bones. Without vitamin K, Calcium cannot flow into the bones! It is for this reason that a proprietary version of vitamin K is the #1 selling Osteoporosis drug in Japan!
CALCIUM is the major mineral in the body and every cell needs it to survive. Calcium is necessary for synthesis of Vitamin B-12, works with Phosphorus to build sound teeth and bones, and with Magnesium for cardiovascular and skeletal strength, It helps with blood clotting, lowers blood pressure, prevents muscle cramping, maintains nervous system health, controls anxiety and depression, and ensures quality rest and deep sleep.
PHOSPHORUS is necessary for skeletal infrastructure and strong bone formation and needed for the brain, oxygenation of the body, cell reproduction, while increasing muscle performance, while decreasing muscle fatigue. Excessive antacids deplete Phosphorus.
MAGNESIUM is THE critical mineral to fight Osteoporosis and for the health of the entire skeletal system. Necessary for healthy nerve and muscle function, healthy blood vessels and balanced blood pressure. Converts Calcium into bone and dissolves calcification in the joints, hips, hands and even in the arteries (hardening of the arteries).
COPPER helps control inflammatory arthritis, bursitis and rheumatic symptoms. Aids in iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation and blood clotting. SOD (super oxide dismutase) is a copper-containing enzyme that protects against free radical damage. Aids in retaining hair color.
ZINC is a co-enzyme of SOD that protects against free radical damage and is essential to formation of insulin, and maintaining immune strength (it is the raw material for the thymus gland to manufacture vital T-cells to fight all diseases in the body!) Essential for glandular, sexual and reproductive health, zinc helps prevent birth defects, enhances sensory perception, accelerates healing and is a brain food to help control mental disorders, while promoting mental alertness.
MANGANESE is vital for formation of new cartilage and bones, nourishes the brain and nerve centers, aids in sugar and fat metabolism, necessary for DNA/RNA production, helps eliminate fatigue, nerve irritability and lower back pain, reduces seizures in epileptics. Deficiencies always result in poor hair and nail growth, loss of hearing and poor muscle/joint coordination. Warning: Tranquilizer and anti-depressant drugs deplete Manganese in the body, avoid them at all times.
HORSETAIL has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to boost strong, healthy hair growth. It is also the richest source of Silica, the basic building block of all life and necessary for strong bones, joints, ligaments and cartilage formation.
BORON is another strong bone mineral, enhancing the body’s capacity to utilize Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Vitamin D in bone formation and structure. Stimulates estrogen production to protect against Osteoporosis.
Strong bones need calcium, right? Yes and no.
What the body needs is a way of getting calcium into the bones and out of the bloodstream.
A special natural triggering agent found in this remarkable Bone Density formula, Vitamin K, known for blood-clotting abilities, is the magic substance – it literally acts like a ‘key’ to unlock the door so the calcium flows into your bones unhindered.
This product is just incredible! It is the most powerful calcium formulation on the market today.
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