Home Remedies to Fight Cancer using Vegetables

home remedies to fight cancer using vegetables

Cancer Fighting Home Remedies

When it comes to fighting cancer, there’s no time to turn up your nose at vegetables you swore you’d never eat as a youngster. There are countless studies that are finding the power of vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables)[1] packed with the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and other components known to fight cancer. Below you will find home remedies that fight cancer using the following antioxidant-rich vegetables:

a) Broccoli:

The chemical component called indole-3-carbinol has proven beneficial for combatting breast cancer by turning cancer-promoting estrogen into a variety that is more protective. The prevention of certain types of cancer (including colon and rectal cancer) is also connected to the phytochemical sulforaphane found in the sprouts of broccoli.

b) Winter Squash:

As an excellent source of vitamin A, winter squash also offers the body vitamin C and dietary fiber that helps fight certain cancers. The beta-carotene and alpha-carotene in the squash has an antioxidant effect, which helps support immune function. The lutein and zeaxanthin filter high-energy ultraviolet rays that can damage our eyes’ lens and retina. Winter squash may help lower the risk of colon-rectal cancer [2].

c) Cabbage and Cauliflower:

The next time you are looking for a side dish with the power to fight cancer, you may want to choose a serving of cabbage and cauliflower, which contain the chemical component called indole-3-carbinol – known to address the hormones in the body that could lead to breast cancer.

d) Carrots:

Jam-packed with beta carotene, carrots may help reduce a wide range of cancers that attack the lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. These orange delights also contain falcarinol, which has already been proven to reduce the risk of cancer. Research has shown that isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol.

e) Kale:

The nitrogen compounds called indoles that are found in kale may help put an end to the conversion of certain lesions that turn into cancerous cells located in estrogen-sensitive tissues. Phytochemicals found in kale (called isothiocyanates) are also thought to suppress tumor growth and block the substances known to cause cancer from reaching their intended targets.

f) Vegetable Juices:

Drink vegetable juices to satisfy your daily fill of cancer-fighting foods and ingredients. Suggestions include drinking half a glass of cauliflower and cabbage juice on an empty stomach on a daily basis. Fight cancer with two glasses of carrot juice – one consumed before breakfast in the morning and one in the evening. Mixing spinach juice with carrot also provides an antioxidant-rich remedy.

g) Mushrooms:

With the ability to fight cancer and enhance the immune system, mushrooms can be added to a cancer-fighting diet program. Various mushroom species seem to assist the body in its fight against cancer – Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus, blazei, Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor. Mushrooms are also packed with a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying.

h) Seaweed:

The beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll found in seaweed and other sea vegetables are known to fight against breast cancer. If you haven’t explored the power of sea vegetables, keep in mind that they possess high concentrations of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine. Seaweed is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help fight skin cancer [3].

i) Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet potatoes are packed with anticancer properties, such as beta-carotene, which is believed to protect the DNA in the cell nucleus from chemicals that cause cancer outside the nuclear membrane.

Resources

[1] http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cruciferous-vegetables-fact-sheet

[2] http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/squash.html#research
[3] Food Cures by Joy Bauer; pg. 67.

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