As you continue to discover SuperFoods it becomes increasingly evident there are many SuperFoods that can be added to our daily diets, the choices are quite abundant. Some have classified SuperFoods as boring however, those that add SuperFoods in their diet on a regular basis will attest SuperFoods bring life, flavor, and spice into their foods, making eating healthy the right yummy choice. Let’s keep discovering by bringing Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric/Curcumin, Quercetin and Green Tea to the table.
Garlic has long been studied for its ability to reduce cancer risk. Garlic has been shown in several studies to cut the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 53 percent. Several compounds in garlic contain anti-cancer properties, in particular the allyl sulfur compounds. They help rid the body of cancer causing chemicals and promote apoptosis – the killing off of cancer cells.
Garlic is also a known immune booster and powerful antioxidant that helps cells fight off disease, such as colds and flu. Many clinical studies have shown garlic to reduce tumor growth in rats. Studies also indicate that many people seem to be at a lower risk for certain types of cancer when they implement more garlic into their daily diet. In particular, stomach, prostate, mouth, throat and kidney cancers.
Garlic also affects certain enzymes in the liver, helping to remove certain drugs from the body, which results in reduced levels of drugs in the body.
Many people choose to cook with garlic and while that is a great habit to reinforce, cooking can reduce the potency of the active ingredients, so it may be best to add to food when you’re ready to eat, rather than during preparation. Raw is always better.
Garlic contains several nutrient components having the potential to shrink tumor growth. The Journal of Medicinal foods report lhat fresh boiled garlic extracts, given to mice, significantly reduced the size of their cancerous tumors.
It’s been concluded that garlic has significant anti-cancer properties, yet fresh garlic that has not been heated contains the highest content of bioactive components.
There are many ways to incorporate garlic into an anti-cancer diet Sprinkle fresh minced garlic on everything from soups to salads, and it is also good in potatoes.
Ginger is another great herbal remedy to add to food. Ginger is commonly used to help and prevent nausea, and especially helpful for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Specific types of Ginger, however, have anti-cancer properties that effectively inhibit tumor growth in mice according to studies
Studies suggest that certain types of Ginger are more potent and (there are several grown all over the world, including Chinese, Jamaican,
American, etc) suppress proliferation of human cancer cells by naturally killing off these cells.
Ginger contains at least 14 bioactdve compounds and the proportion of ginger compounds depends upon the country this herb is harvested from and whether the herb is fresh, dried or has been processed. It has been found that out of several compounds tested, the most pungent bioactive compounds were found in Ginger harvested from Jamaica.
Ginger supplements are sold in various stores, but the milligrams may contain minuscule amounts. To receive the benefits of Ginger it may be best to purchase Ginger root from a whole foods store and then boil for tea.
Additionally, one needs to be aware some side effects of Ginger can be harmful for some cancer patients because it may act as a blood thinning agent.
Before integrating Ginger into your diet, discuss with your health care team.
Evidence continues to show without question that natural products offer significant protection against cancer. Nutritional supplementation is absolutely essential in order to give the body the tools it needs to begin and finish the battle against disease.
Curcumin, the primary ingredient in curry dishes has demonstrated significant anti-cancer effects. Evidence is so impressive that it suggests that Curcumin causes cancer to regress and grow smaller.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, known as the natural wonder, providing many benefits in the treatment of many health conditions.
Research clinical studies show that Curcumin inhibits the migration and invasion of human lung cancer cells and has the potential to prevent cancer.
In animal studies, Curcumin has been shown to inhibit all stages of colon cancer; from the initiation to promotion and progression. Curcumin has proven to protect against the disease, before, during and after exposure to carcinogens.