Cancer is triggered due to the free radicals in our body, hormonal changes, toxins in environments and foods, inflammatory properties, bacterial infections or the viral diseases. We have been fighting against cancer all the time, whether we’re diagnosed with it or not. Adding a pinch of few herbs and spices affect our bodies biologically and may aid in keeping cancer at bay.
Nutrihealthline.com lists you 5 such spices and herbs that can fight cancer and keeps you in good health.
Turmeric is the king of spices, when it comes to good health. Curcumin in Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties which work against the growth of cancer cells leading to prostate cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, brain tumour. Curcumin encourages ‘Apoptosis’ which aids in abolishing the cancer breeding cells without hampering the development of other healthy cells. Mix Turmeric with black pepper and olive oil to your dishes to stimulate curcumin’s power.
Another kitchen ingredient that boasts of medicinal qualities and prevents from Cancer is Ginger. Gingerol and zingerone from fresh and dried Gingers contain the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, protecting us against the cancer. Ginger also boosts metabolism, treats cold and nausea and lowers cholesterol and reduces the risks of stomach related ailments. Sip Ginger Root Tea, or grate fresh ginger into lentils or rice when cooking or you can chew fresh parsley in the mornings.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper contains Capsaicin, a powerful oxidant which is toxic to cancer cells. Capsaicin provokes apoptosis process that helps destroy the cancer cells and lowers the size of leukemia tumour cells. Chilli Peppers helps in avoiding the cancer pathogens, and it also has the detox properties. So, spice up your snacks with Cayenne Pepper or mix it with other spices for a tasty dish.
Carvacrol in Oregano works as a natural disinfectant to balance out the spread of cancer cells. The anti-microbial compounds and Phyto-chemical ‘Quercetin’ halts the growth of malignant cells and acts against cancer. Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) can increase cancer risks, but marinating animal foods with oregano lowers the formation of HCAs. Carvacrol is also found in Basil, Thyme, Mint and Parsley, and helps to prevent the spread of cancer.
Garlic, with its culinary and medicinal properties contributes in lowering the risks of breast, colon, skin, uterine, esophagus, and lung cancers. The cancer-inducing agents aids in inhibiting bacterial infections and promoting DNA repair, and inducing cell death. Garlic is known for detox properties and boosts your immune system and helps reduce blood pressure.