You probably must have heard of the notorious disease called cancer.
There may be some friends, relatives or associates who you know that have battled with cancer, or maybe you’ve dealt with cancer yourself.
You may also have heard or witnessed people recovering from late-stage cancer by using an integrative, holistic approach, via the application of dietary modifications, specified supplement protocols, lifestyle changes and detoxification routines.
There is a lot of mystery, fear and misinformation concerning how to effectively beat cancer, especially when it comes to using a natural, alternative, holistic approach.
A basic lack of understanding of this life-threatening disease strikes unnecessary terror in the heart of all people- men and women, old and young.
Gaining knowledge about the subject can restore faith and confidence when dealing with such an issue, factors necessary for a positive and successful outcome.
A fine example of these misconceptions about cancer is the fact that most people do not acknowledge that all of us – both healthy and sick – have some circulating cancer cells on a daily basis.
The only reason we don’t have a cancer diagnosis is because our body has been successful in destroying and eliminating those cancerous cells.
In reality, the human body is designed to win the battle against cancer.
It has been doing it since the day all of us were born.
We all have body systems, immune cells and specific biochemical pathways specifically set up to prevent and defeat cancer.
Also, our diet, lifestyle, genetic make-up and the external environment all can influence our body’s ability to regulate and address cancer.
From a physiology and biochemistry perspective, conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy severely underestimate the body’s innate potential for self-healing.
The body has extremely powerful and effective built-in systems of checks and balances that work to keep us strong and vigorous.
These primarily include the immune system which is supported by the lymphatic system (detoxification system).
We have over 1 trillion immune cells circulating in our body, which are comprised of anti-bodies, lymphocytes, T cells, B cells, Natural Killer Cells, macrophages and other cells, forming a formidable anti-cancer team.
The most important factor in remaining free from cancer and virtually every chronic disease is establishing a healthy and harmonious internal environment that allows our immune system to do its job properly.
Unfortunately, aspects of our modern, industrialized diet, lifestyle and environment are disruptive and directly damaging to our cells.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the stress we deal with and the chemicals we inhale and touch can create cellular damage.
There are many nutritional and environmental factors that can make a person more vulnerable to cancer, called carcinogens.
Thankfully, there are proactive steps one can take through diet and lifestyle to help prevent and/or reverse cancer.
Cancer may indeed be considered a disease of genetic expression, however, it can be mitigated through the modification of the diet, and ultimately the body’s internal biochemical environment.
How Cancer Is Created in the First Place
Cancer occurs due to uncontrolled cell division and manifests when the body’s innate homeostatic control systems stop functioning properly.
Old cells that should die, do not die, multiplying out of control, and forming new abnormal groups of cells called tumors (with the exemption of some cancers, such as leukemia that don’t form tumors).
Cancer and virtually every disease begin at the cellular level, since cells comprise the fundamental building blocks of the human organism.
There is great diversity in the types of cells we find in the human body, exhibiting different forms, sizes, structures and performing a wide array of biochemical functions.
But eventually, all these different cells form the tissues, organs and glands of the body.
Every cell has a nucleus where the genetic material for that cell is located.
The genetic material or DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) will dictate what ‘role’ this cell will play among other cells as well as its functions.
Different types of cells with different DNAs will often work together towards a common goal, forming specific tissues and performing specific activities.
Cellular replication ensures that new, healthy cells are created and old, damaged cells get replaced.
The DNA of each type of cell is passed along to the new generation of cells.
This division process is tightly regulated by the body and immune system, so as no unhealthy or abnormal cells (cells with the ‘wrong’ information in their DNA) are able to proliferate.
If an error occurs, the body’s immune cells will recognize it and will work towards repairing or destroy the non-physiologic cells.
It’s when this cellular reproduction process is not regulated properly that cancer may begin to form.
Why the Rationale Behind Modern Cancer Treatments is Erroneous
Cancer is a multifactorial disease rooted in chronic immune system insufficiency.
Its main causes include a poor diet, toxin exposure, nutrient deficiencies, autonomic imbalance and to some extent genetics.
The medical community and cancer industry describe cancer as a cellular and genetic disease.
Unfortunately, thinking of cancer in this way leads to the logical conclusion that by simply targeting the abnormal cells can eradicate cancer.
That speculation has been proven false and misleading over time, costing lots of lives.
The reality is that it’s almost impossible for conventional therapeutic interventions to specifically target cancerous cells, as opposed to the non-cancerous ones.
Research evidence has showcased that a much more intricate environment is what regulates the growth and development of cancer .
This environment must be addressed efficiently in order to ensure long-lasting and permanent progress against the disease.
To truly understand the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of cancer, you have to first realize that cancer cannot occur and survive in isolation — it is born, exists and grows in a biological environment that we know as the body.
Everything we do to this environment can either encourage or inhibit cancer development.
Cancer cells create their own micro-environment that is optimal for their growth, and that increasingly modified environment then feeds back cancer.
Essentially, a positive two-way feedback communication is established between cancer cells and the cells of the body.
Cancer Cells Are Smart
Cancer cells are smart, they secrete specific compounds which promote the creation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) to feed them and provide them with nutrients to grow, proliferate and metastasize into other tissues.
Cancer cells can also evade the immune system pretending to be normal cells, which would otherwise destroy them very effectively .
For example, cancer cells can manipulate T-regulatory cells (Tregs), a subcategory of immune cells and prevent the immune system from attacking them .
Additionally, when someone is treated with radiotherapy / chemotherapy / surgery, 9 times out of 10 some cancer stem cells which carry the whole DNA still remain in the patient’s tissues .
It’s a matter of time before new, stronger, more aggressive tumors are created which as a bonus are extra resistant to therapy.
What you suppress today will come and eat you tomorrow
An effective cancer treatment should be holistic and take into consideration the whole patient, particularly his/her internal biochemical environment, which is very malleable and influenced by diet, emotional health, sleep, hydration, physical movement, EMF exposure, detoxification efficiency, etc.
Altering the biochemical “terrain” of the patient will create the conditions necessary to eradicate cancer from its core, being unable to manifest again as happens with conventional treatment.
When this happens; when the conditions inside the body become completely unfavorable for cancer growth and development, cancer cells have two options:
1) Transform again into normal healthy cells that support the health and prosperity of the host
In all cases and no matter the cancer type the focus should be turbocharge the immune system in order to do its default job better.
And that can only be achieved through a meticulously-designed diet and lifestyle protocol created specifically for the patient.
The body has already installed the “program” to eradicate cancer — it has been doing this job since the day each of us was born.
At some point, due to various reasons, our body’s innate defense system started malfunctioning hindering this crucial “cleaning” process.
Restoring the body’s innate ability to defend itself from any type of disease constitutes the foundation of all alternative healing protocols- and it works.
Foods that Help With Cancer
Cancer proliferates in an acidic internal biochemical environment, which is created through stress, processed foods, excessive animal protein, EMF radiation, chemical toxicity, lack of sleep, etc.
A diet that is rich in raw, organic, enzyme-rich, anti-inflammatory foods that alter the metabolic pH of the body into a more alkaline one is the cornerstone in preventing and / or treating most cancers.
These are 8 of the best anti-cancer foods you need to include in your diet:
1) Fruits, Berries and Melons
Delicious, nutritious and full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols, fruits will clean, nourish and protect the system like nothing else.
Due to their high water content and electrolyte density, fruits will hydrate and energize a diseased and weak body.
On top of that, they will improve digestion, support kidney function, improve gut health, enhance endothelial function, clean the liver and upgrade someone’s overall health.
Here are some interesting facts about fruit:
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Benefits
Eating enough fruits will lead to a reduction in blood pressure and protect the body from oxidative stress.
Fruits also help with blood sugar regulation in people suffering from diabetes, as fructose is a monosaccharide that has a smaller glycemic impact than glucose .
Fruit Sugar is Different
Fructose, fruit’s main sugar, is metabolized very differently than glucose.
Even though they both contain the same amount of calories (104 calories per 1 ounce) fructose is transported across the intestinal epithelial cells by passive transport instead of active transport (like glucose).
Active transport requires chemical energy because it includes the movement of biomolecules from areas of lower concentration to areas of higher concentration.
On the other hand, passive transport moves biomolecules from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration, so it does not require chemical energy.
Rich in Polyphenols
Fruits are the richest source of polyphenols, a group of organic phytochemicals characterized by the presence of large multiples of phenol structures.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that the natural polyphenols found abundantly in fruit could be used for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Potential mechanisms include antioxidant and anti-inflammation effects, as well as modulation of multiple biochemical processes involved in carcinogenesis .
2) Fermented Foods
Fermentation is an ancient food preservation technique facilitated by the breakdown of sugars by bacteria and yeast.
The most common by-products of fermentation are lactic acid, ethanol, carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas.
It’s the process by which foods like wine, cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha are produced.
Fermented and unpasteurized food products like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt or kefir comprise rich sources of cancer-fighting beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that upregulate immune function- what a cancer patient needs the most [3, 4].
These include better digestion, stronger immunity, improved mental health, cardiovascular benefits, weight-loss, increased insulin sensitivity and many more.
Here are some interesting facts about fermented foods:
Fermented foods are more nutrient-dense and easier to digest than their ordinary form.
That’s because bacteria break-down and pre-digest the nutrients, producing a wide range of vitamins and enzymes as part of their normal metabolic function, like B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and K2.
A good example is lactose in dairy which is hydrolyzed into the monosaccharides glucose and galactose (simple sugars).
On top of that, anti-nutrients, such as lectins, oxalates, various acids and phytates naturally present in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, also get broken down during fermentation, making the nutrients of these foods more accessible by the body.
Consuming fermented foods every day confers multiple health benefits and is in fact a “must” if you suffer from chronic gut issues (indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, etc) or dealing with a chronic condition, like an autoimmune disorder.
Your human genes are the same number as your bacterial genes, which underlines how central is the state of your gut to your overall health .
You may actually consider yourself as bacterial as you are human (50% / 50%) in terms of genes.
The bacterial species that reside in your gut influence greatly your immune system and mental well-being.
They communicate with the cells of your immune system, stimulating or inhibiting its activity.
Due to their high-probiotic content, fermented foods can supercharge your immune system and minimize your risk of infections, such as influenza, as well as accelerate your rate of recovery during sickness [5, 6, 7, 8, 9].
3) Raw, Cold-Pressed Juices
The value of raw, cold-pressed, fruit and vegetable juices is plain and simply amazing, especially for someone battling cancer.
By separating the food bio-active compounds and naturally distilled water found in raw plants, the process of juicing concentrates all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, antioxidants and phytochemicals into a glass of goodness.
Once ingested, the nutrient-packed, liquid food is digested in a matter of minutes, providing rest to the digestive system, while offering complete and systemic nourishment.
In this way, the body has the opportunity to focus on healing and repair, and not on digestion, which is itself an extremely energy-demanding process.
Here are some interesting facts about raw, cold-pressed juices:
Through juicing, the body can access the raw nutrients of the fruit or vegetable much easier and in much greater quantities, compared to eating it whole.
Drink the juice of 20 raw carrots and you will be bouncing full of energy, try to eat 20 raw carrots and you will end up bloated, constipated and miserable.
Drinking raw juices is like ingesting the most powerful multivitamin, anti-oxidant and enzyme supplement you can find- all in one.
Plus, juices are already in liquid form, which is the form that the body eventually transforms everything you eat in order to absorb it.
Increased Absorption and Assimilation
Raw fruit is the body’s perfect cleanser and fast energizer, and one of the easiest food to digest.
Nonetheless, some people eat very anxiously / fast and tend to swallow whole chunks of fruit without chewing it adequately, which when combined with a weak digestive system (as present in a sick person), ends up passing undigested in the toilet.
The process of juicing completely solves this problem.
Think of a juicer as a powerful synthetic mouth / masticator that does all the work for you, chewing the food and leaving all the good stuff ready for phase II of digestion- absorption.
Raw Vegetables Are Not Easy to Digest
Raw vegetables, like carrots, beets, celery, kale, etc, are extremely fibrous and difficult to digest, but at the same time are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals.
They contain precious substances which are necessary to switch the body’s internal environment into one not encouraging for cancer development and survival.
By “drinking” your vegetables you can access all that nutrition with almost zero digestive strain on your system, giving your body a break and allowing it to focus on battling cancer.
At the same time, you supply your system with all the raw materials necessary to facilitate detoxification processes and build new, healthy tissue.
Fresh vegetable and fruit juices are the “secret” to a long, healthy and prosperous life.
Best Juice Extractors
For fruit juicing (oranges, lemons, tangerines, pineapple, pomegranate, apple, pears, grapes, all melons, tomatoes, berries), the best option is a vertical, single-auger juicer, like the Slowstar®, as it costs less and offers a much higher yield on soft fruits (saving you $) than a horizontal juicer.
Slowstar® has a very low speed of 47 RPM that prevents oxidation, with a 200 Watt motor and 3-stage speed reduction gears that produce the equivalent amount of torque as a 9 HP motor.
It operates very quietly, is 100% BPA-free, and comes with an extra mincing attachment that can transform it into a multi-purpose tool that allows you to create your favorite recipes, like sorbets, nut butters, and sauces.
It also comes with a 10-year warranty and FREE shipping for all US states.
Slowstar® Vertical Slow Juicer & Mincer
For solo vegetable juicing and mixed fruit/vegetable juicing, we recommend the mighty Greenstar® Elite Jumbo Twin Gear Slow Masticating Juicer.
This is the one we personally use, and is perfect for anyone interested in hopping on a prolonged juice fast or Solid Food Vacation (SFV).
Greenstar® comes with two advanced heavy-duty jumbo twin gears that use the same magnetic and bioceramic technology as the original twin gears, but extend the juicing process from two to three stages – crushing, mixing, and pressing.
Its new locking mechanism also includes a stationary latching system, which offers optimum convenience and an easier way to assemble and disassemble the machine.
It’s safe to use, easy to clean-up, and all its parts that come in contact with food are 100% BPA free.
Its magnets, which are built into the rotating twin gears, enhance the paramagnetic properties of the alkaline minerals found in the juice, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, and substantially reduce the rate of juice oxidation.
Independent laboratory analyses have shown that concentrations of essential minerals, like calcium, iron, and zinc are 50-200% higher in juice from Greenstar® than in juice from other brands.
Unlike other juicers with high-speed chopping blades that create heat and impact shock, Greenstar® slowly and gently presses the juice out.
This allows users to store their juice in the refrigerator for 72 hours, without any significant loss of nutritional value.
In this manner, Greenstar® users can enjoy high-quality, enzyme-rich juice, full of vitamins and minerals all day long.
Greenstar® comes with a 12-year warranty – for household, not commercial use – and FREE shipping for all US states.
Greenstar® Elite Jumbo Twin Gear Slow Masticating Juicer
4) Dark, Leafy Vegetables
Being low in calories, dark green leafy veggies including spinach, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, mustard greens, beet greens, arugula, bok choy, rapini, collards, turnip greens, constitute a rich source of minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, sodium and especially magnesium.
They also are an excellent source of crucial vitamins, like A, B, C, E and K along with inflammation-suppressing phytochemicals and anti-oxidants.
Due to their exceptionally high nutrient content calorie per calorie in comparison to other foods, they are rightfully labeled as “superfoods”.
Here are some interesting facts about dark leafy vegetables:
Gut Healing Benefits
Green leafy greens are great pre-biotics, which means that they feed the good microbes that reside in your gut.
Being high in fiber, they provide substrates for gut bacteria to digest and metabolize, producing beneficial metabolites, such butyric acid that improve gut health and augment immune function.
Rich in Folate
Dark leafy vegetables comprise an excellent source of vitamin B9 (folate) that helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
Besides, folate is a molecule necessary for the production of the nucleic acid thymine an integral part of the DNA helix.
In the absence of folate, uracil – one of the four nucleobases in the nucleic acid RNA – gets substituted for thymine, causing strand breaks in our DNA, not too dissimilar from irradiation.
One cup (30 grams) of raw spinach contains about 15% of the DV.
According to research, diets with high intakes of folate may help prevent the formation of colon, breast, cervix and lung malignancies.
Other scientific data suggest that diets poor in folate may increase the risk of various cancer, such as breast, cervix and lung cancers .
Rich in Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is a green pigment present in almost all vegetables and is very chemically similar to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein of blood.
It is purported to carry strong blood-building benefits and many people use it as a supplement for that reason.
Many scientific papers state that chlorophyll may alleviate certain skin-related conditions, accelerate wound healing, work as a natural deodorant improving body odor and helping with certain types of malignancies [15, 16, 17]
Chlorophyll has the ability to neutralize various toxic compounds – both organic and synthetic – rendering them less harmful, such as aflatoxins, a type of mycotoxin (harmful substances produced by fungi) .
Aflatoxins promote the creation and proliferation of cancer cells.
Rich in Vitamin K
Dark leafy greens contain high amounts of Vitamin K, which improves bone metabolism and has a protective effect against bone-related disorders, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, etc.
The Secret of Mediterranean Longevity
If you ever had the chance to spend some time with old locals in rural areas of Mediterranean countries like Greece, Italy and Spain, you may have witnessed yourself that they consume an abundance of wild greens, such as chard, beet greens, lettuce, arugula and spinach.
They include them in their pies and soups, add them alongside their meats and also enjoy them raw.
Their self-sufficiency and robust health until ripe, old age is widely attributed to the consumption of these foods.
Due to their extremely high content of antioxidants and alkaline minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, green leafy vegetables are one of the best cancer-preventing foods.
Their health-protective effects also apply to cardiovascular disease by reducing inflammation and improving the elasticity of the arterial endothelium.
5) Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, kohlrabi, rutabaga, watercress and radishes, are known for their rich micronutrient and antioxidant content.
Containing a wide range of phytonutrients, which add many additional health benefits, they support a healthy immune system, blood and liver.
Here are some interesting facts about cruciferous vegetables:
Potent Estrogen Blockers
Cruciferous veggies carry powerful anti-estrogenic properties, making them a mandatory dietary addition for anyone battling hormone-related cancers, such as prostate, breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers .
Rich in Plant Hormetic Compounds
Cruciferous vegetables contain substances that are biologically slightly stressful to the body and trigger beneficial stress responses from our cells (hormesis), such as polyphenols or flavonols.
Specifically, they have been shown to inhibit a class of enzymes known as phase I biotransformation enzymes, which are responsible for converting a pro carcinogen into its active carcinogenic state.
Additionally, they have been shown to activate a class of enzymes known as phase II detoxification enzymes.
Some of these enzymes include enzymes such as glutathione reductase and are responsible for decreasing damage to DNA and cells in general by reducing the amount of inflammation and reactive oxygen species (ROS).
Also, phase II detoxification enzymes inactivate pro-carcinogens and prevent them from becoming active carcinogens.
Generally speaking, we want to have less of the phase I biotransformation enzymes and more of the phase II enzymes.
For this reason, isothiocyanates are very effective in preventing the initiation of cancer.
6) Cultured Whey
Whey is a yellowish, cloudy liquid that is left over as a by-product of cheese production.
In its raw and fermented form, liquid whey contains an excellent variety of proteins (including α-lactalbumin, β-lactoglobulin, serum albumin and immunoglobulins), minerals, vitamins, enzymes and healthy bacteria (probiotics).
Cultured whey has been used medicinally for thousands of years and Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, used to call it “Healing Water”.
Due to its unique digestive benefits, it greatly supports the immune system and can substantially assist in certain autoimmune issues, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Here are some interesting facts about raw, cultured whey:
Rich in Probiotics
Cultured whey is an acidic liquid very rich in beneficial bacteria that nourish the human gut.
A healthy gut and a balanced microbiome are essential for a strong and resilient body and immune system.
Our intestines harbor an extremely multiplex ecosystem of microorganisms.
With that said, roughly 80% of our immune system is found in our gut.
Our microbiome, which refers to the genetic material of all the microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human body is in constant communication with our immune system.
Our immune system has evolved hosting a symbiotic relationship with these highly diverse and evolving microorganisms.
Normally, this immune system–microbiota symphony offers protection against pathogens and regulates processes involved in the maintenance of tolerance to harmless antigens, preventing the immune system from over-reacting as happens in autoimmunity and various allergies.
In order to have a powerful and robust immune system, we must always need to address our gut first.
Powerful Anti-microbial and Anti-inflammatory Properties
Whey has a lot of protein.
One of these proteins is lactoferrin which carries powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
It also contains vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps the body convert carbohydrates into fuel.
Whey is a rich source of bovine serum albumin (BSA), a protein with strong detoxifying propertiesis.
BSA is a potent toxin-buster, which binds to and removes harmful compounds from the body, supports and enhances the immune system, promotes cardiovascular health by helping with the regulation of cholesterol in the blood.
Supports the Kidneys and Liver
Whey is 93% water and full of potassium, an electrolyte that helps with fluid balance homeostasis and the removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.
It also supports renal function, as kidneys filter wastes and toxins out of the blood and dump them in the urine to be excreted.
Kidneys are a very busy organ and when they become overwhelmed, excess toxins and acids can accumulate in the blood leading to pathological manifestations, such as gout, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, and some forms of eczema.
Drinking organic cultured whey will assist the kidneys and liver in detoxification and the elimination of toxins and harmful substances, such as xenobiotics, steroids, etc.
7) Herbal Infusions
Herbal infusions have been used as a natural remedy for all kinds of ailments for thousands of years.
Packed with a punch of healthy, disease-fighting antioxidants and polyphenols, they may inhibit carcinogenesis (creation of tumors) and induce apoptosis (cell death) to cells already turned cancerous.
Many cancer-related processes may account for the ability of herbs to inhibit cancer.
1) DNA repair
2) Suppression of inflammation
3) Hormonal regulation
4) Differentiation of healthy cells
5) Apoptosis of atypical cells
6) Cell cycle regulation
7) Upregulation of the cytochrome P-45O detoxification pathway
Herbal infusions can be made from either dried or fresh herbs, spices and flowers, with each one of them carrying distinctive therapeutic qualities and effects.
Herbs can be considered nature’s gift for restoring and promoting human health.
Here are out top 3 picks:
Oregano ( Origanum Vulgare )
Oregano is a very nutrient-dense herb, particularly rich in vitamin K, an essential vitamin for bone health and blood clotting.
Thus, it can be an effective tool against osteoporosis and bone deterioration, as well as the prevention of hemorrhages.
It is also rich in potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E.
Furthermore, it acts as a powerful antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals that would otherwise damage cellular components.
Oregano is rich in polyphenols and phenolic acids such as limonene, carvacrol, thymol, terpinene, caryophyllene and ocimene, which provide it with its unique scent and aroma.
These plant phytochemicals hide behind oregano’s carminative, tonic, anthelmintic, antispasmodic and digestive benefits.
Our favorite brand for organic oregano as well as any other type of herb is Starwest Botanicals.
They have been in the industry for over 40 years and carry very high-quality essential oils, tinctures and herbs in bulk.
Lemon Balm ( Melissa Officinalis )
Lemon balm is a herb that has been used for thousands of years by many great civilizations, like the Greeks and Romans for its amazing health benefits.
This clump-forming, herbaceous perennial plant is known as a natural relaxant and tranquilizer for the nervous system.
People suffering from depression, anxiety and insomnia benefit greatly by drinking ample amounts of lemon balm tea every day.
Its leaves are rich in terpenes like lemonol, citronellol, caryophyllene, linalool, citronellal, and polyphenols like eugenol and geranial, as well as tannins.
These compounds carry anti-viral and nerve-soothing effects and give the characteristic lemony flavor to the herb.
Organic Lemon Balm
Spearmint ( Mentha Spicata )
Spearmint is a fragrant herb that is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and vital nutrients.
Its scent is very similar to that of peppermint.
However, it has a sweeter taste and contains less menthol than peppermint, but it is rich in limonene, dihydrocarvone and cineol.
Spearmint aids greatly in relieving digestive problems, by relaxing the stomach muscles, reducing symptoms of nausea, and other digestive disturbances.
It has also been shown that consuming mint tea every day helps with the reversal of symptoms in women suffering from high androgen levels and concurrent conditions, such as hirsutism (excessive hair growth in the face, chest and back) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) [22, 23].
Curcumin is the primary bioactive compound of turmeric, a yellow / orange plant with multiple health benefits that belongs in the Ginger family.
Turmeric has been used for its coloring and flavoring properties in South Asian cuisines for hundreds of years, and has also been a staple in traditional Ayurvedic medicine since the beginning of time.
Curcumin has extensive scientific evidence supporting its positive biological effects on human health.
It’s a polyphenol with powerful anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to increase the number of antioxidants that the body produces by itself (endogenous anti-oxidants).
Multiple studies have shown that curcumin carries anti-carcinogenic properties, but the majority of these are conducted in vitro (test tube experiment).
Curcumin may decrease the expression of many different enzymes, transcription factors, inflammatory cytokines, growth factors, and other cell-signaling components that are important for cancer growth and progression.
Additionally, some research shows that curcumin reduces the effects of estrogen in some hormone-sensitive cancer cells.
Therefore, curcumin might have beneficial effects on hormone-sensitive conditions, such as breast, prostate and ovarian cancers.
Curcumin with BioPerine
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About George Kelly
George Kelly M.Sc. is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that specializes in autoimmune conditions. He is the CEO and lead author of Metabolic Body.
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