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Naturally Fighting Cancer

Tumors form when a cell mutates, creating more mutated cells until a mass is formed. This sometimes results in benign tumors, which are usually harmless, unless located in the cranium where space is limited. Malignant tumors on the other hand are never good and left untreated will result in cancer. But they aren’t indestructible. Their growth is promoted by various environmental factors, as well as lifestyle choices. A large risk factor is constant exposure to carcinogens.

Carcinogens have the ability to alter our DNA, resulting in the cell mutation that can lead to cancer. Carcinogens come in a variety of forms. Some exposure is natural, as the exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Sometimes it’s choices we make, like smoking tobacco and eating processed food high in additives. Other carcinogens come from our progressive lifestyles, including constant use of cell phones, computers, and microwaves.  Toxic substances like benzene are also common instigators, present in household glues and varnishes.

As scary as this can be, simple lifestyle changes can decrease your exposure to toxins. And the prevention of tumor growth can be achieved through a variety of natural methods. Some of nature’s tumor inhibitors are easily accessible, and include the following:

Vitamin D – improves calcium absorption, but with or without calcium vitamin D has been shown to decrease cancer rates, especially among colon, prostate, and breast cancers. As all vitamins, it is best consumed straight from the source. If you choose to get your vitamin D from a supplement, take it in gel capsule form and avoid white powders and tablets.

Turmeric – a teaspoon or a day may help prevent the spreading of cancer cells. You might use it in curries or soup to liven your dishes up. If you can add some black pepper it’s even better as it increases the absorption of turmeric’s active ingredient a thousand fold.

Fiber – Fiber helps with weight control, which plays a big role in the development of certain cancers.

Alkaloids – vinca alkaloids, or plant alkaloids are drugs derived from plants that inhibit cell division, preventing the growth of cancer cells.

Grape Seed – reduces risk of developing cancer, possibly due to the antioxidants it contains. It is also efficient with healing edema, a common result of surgery to treat breast cancer.

Blueberries – when eaten organically and in season, these antioxidant rich berries contain cancer fighting agents.

Tomatoes – it is one of the few sources of lycopene. Lycopene is a chemical that has been shown to decrease the aggression of tumors in men with prostate cancer. It is important to cook your tomato. When cooked in healthy oil like olive oil, tomatoes greatly reduce risk of prostate cancer development as well as reoccurrence. The oil is essential as it removes the active ingredient from the tomato.

Exercise – 30 minutes of brisk walking has been shown to help women with breast cancer reduce the risk of reoccurrence. For men with colon cancer, it has been shown that an hour of walking reduces the chance of reoccurrence. You should attempt to walk at least once a day, 3-5 days out of the week.

Keeping your weight in check – excess weight promotes hormone growth in the body. These hormones fuel cancer. A healthy weight decreases the risk of seven different cancers. If you can, try to sustain as lean a physique as possible without becoming underweight.

Sources:

Nutrition and Cancer, Dr. Donald Abrams, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeZFcIbwCZg&feature=relmfu

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

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