If you're worried about developing cancer — and who isn't these days? — adding some cancer-fighting supplements to your diet could shift the odds in your favor. But which ones?
"All cells contain special 'suicide genes' that can kill them when activated," says neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report.
"Normally, this is what happens when a cell is in danger of becoming a cancer cell," he tells Newsmax Health. "But once established, a cancer cell can switch off this gene, thus making itself immortal.
"More and more nutrients have been found to wake up this vital gene," he said.
"Cancer cells divide very rapidly," he said. "But many flavonoids and other plant compounds severely interfere with the ability of cancer cells to split, freezing them in the middle of division. This gives the suicide genes time to kill the cells."
Five of the most powerful natural compounds to fight cancer are:
Selenium. Selenium acts as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells from free-radical damage and lowering the risk of inflammation.
"Selenium is the star of the anti-cancer minerals," says Dr. Blaylock. "It has shown special aggression against cancer of the breast, skin, and prostate."
Researchers at Stanford University found that men diagnosed with prostate cancer had much lower selenium levels than healthy men years before their cancer was diagnosed.
The study found that high blood levels of selenium were associated with a four to fivefold decrease in the odds of developing prostate cancer.
A study published in the journal Gut found that people whose weekly intake of selenium was in the top 25 percent of consumption cut their risk of developing pancreatic cancer in half compared to those whose intake was in the bottom 25 percent.
Too much selenium can be too much of a good thing, however, and Dr. Blaylock recommends no more than 200 micrograms a day.
Vitamin D-3. "Vitamin D-3 is a powerful inhibitor of cancer development and growth," says Dr. Blaylock, adding that it has been known to inhibit the growth of some of the worst cancers, including breast, colon, and prostate.
A study by cancer prevention specialists at the University of California's Moores Cancer Center found that high amounts of vitamin D could slash colorectal cancer rates by two-thirds.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, people with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood lowered their risk of colorectal cancer by almost 40 percent when compared to patients with the lowest levels.
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). A polyphenol, EGCG is a powerful anticancer component of green tea. "Several studies have shown that a high intake of green tea extract can reduce colon cancer incidence in both experimental animals and in humans," says Dr. Blaylock.
"Studies have also shown that catechins in green tea enhance the effectiveness of several anti-cancer drugs."
Scientists have found that EGCG inhibits the growth of hormone-sensitive cancers, such as breast and prostate cancers. Research also shows that EGCG inhibits leukemia, multiple myeloma, melanoma, and reduces the growth of lung cancer.
EGCG is found in green tea, and can be bought as a supplement.
DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is found in fish and fish oil pills, and is the most protective of the omega-3 oils.
DHA stops cancerous tumors from invading surrounding tissues by inhibiting the creating of new blood vessels, says Dr. Blaylock. In addition, DHA can reverse multidrug resistance, a problem in cancer treatment where the cancer becomes resistant to treatment.
Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco found that men who ate oily fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel, one to three times a month had a 36 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Those who ate the fish more than once a week slashed their risk by 57 percent.
The fish oils also influenced a variant of the COX-2 gene, an inherited gene that encourages inflammation and is linked to a 500 percent increased risk for an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Eating a diet rich in oily fish eliminated the negative effects of the gene.
Curcumin. Turmeric is a spice used to flavor traditional Indian dishes, and its active component is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that gives turmeric its bright yellow color. Studies show it can fight even the deadliest cancer — pancreatic, which has a 5-year survival rate of only 7 percent.
A Phase II clinical trial at MD Anderson Center gave 25 pancreatic cancer patients 8 grams of turmeric a day for two months. Tumor growth stopped in two patients, one for eight months and another for two-and-a-half years. Another patient's tumor temporarily regressed by 73 percent.
The only two drugs approved by the FDA are effective in no more than 10 percent of patients, and turmeric's effectiveness was similar with no side effects.
In another study, turmeric reduced tumor growth in mice with pancreatic cancer by 43 percent. When combined with fish oil, which helps the body absorb turmeric, tumor growth was reduced by 70 percent.
A study at the University of Missouri found that curcumin decreased the incidence of progestin-accelerated breast tumors in animals. It also delayed onset of the disease and reduced the incidence of multiple tumors.
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