What would you do if you get to know one fine day that you have cancer? That thought itself is terrifying, isn’t it? Owing to our poor eating habits and mechanical lifestyles, cancer has now become unpredictable. But what if there are certain ways you can alleviate the pain of cancer or even prevent it? That is what this post is about – home remedies for cancer. Would you like to know more? Read on.
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is the name given to a group of diseases, which involve abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. The disease is characterized by a malignant cell-growth that may appear in the form of lumps, if not detected in the early stages, the growth can and does eventually spread to other parts of your body, through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. Cancer is a fatal disease, one that has no permanent cure. It can only be controlled and suppressed for some stages. If cancer isn’t detected early, it may not be cured at all (1).
Types Of Cancer:
Cancer manifests itself in many ways, depending on the origin or the mode of cell growth. Usually, most cancers that occur widely include:
- Leukemia or cancer of the blood
- Sarcoma or cancer of supportive tissues like cartilage or blood vessels
- Lymphoma or cancer of the immune system
- Carcinoma or cancer of the skin or outer-tissues
- CNS or Cancer of the central nervous system including the spine and the brain.
The National Cancer Institute lists many different sub-types of cancers, including germ cell tumors and AIDS-related cancers (2).
Symptoms Of Cancer:
The causes of cancer remain unknown, but it usually occurs from either external or internal reasons, or a combination of both; substances and foods are called carcinogenic, but nothing is certain. The symptoms of cancer thus are equally diverse like the causes of cancer. However, some commonly occurring symptoms usually associated with cancer include:
- Unusual body discharge
- Chronic Indigestion
- Sudden changes in bladder and bowel movements
- Persistent Cough
- Lumps near or around the tumor
- Excessively slow healing
- Moles that change shapes or sizes
- Nodes (3)
Home Remedies For Cancer:
Cancer is a killer and it can only be put into dormancy or suppressed for a period of time. However, it almost always recurs, and the treatment of cancer is one of the most important medical researches conducted today. So, what can you do about cancer? Certain home-based remedies and foods that can help reduce the effects of cancer, either through stimulating the immune system or acting on the cells directly. Here, we look at some inspired home remedies:
This fatty fish called salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, among other essential nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-carcinogenic qualities and usually slow the spread of cancerous cells. Omega-3s are excellent for boosting your immunity. Salmon is a rich source of essential vitamins like B12 and Vitamin D. These properties of salmon make it an effective fighter of cancer (4).
Turmeric is best known as an effective anti-carcinogenic spice. It contains an active compound called curcumin, which specializes in attacking cancer cells. Curcumin also exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cell protectant properties, which make it an ideal home remedy for easing the symptoms of cancer. The high antioxidant content helps eliminate cancerous free radicals from your body (5).
Tomatoes are also some foods that are good at preventing cancer. They contain a special antioxidant compound known as lycopene. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant, which purges your body of cancer-causing free radicals and prevents cancer cell growth. Lycopene also inhibits the spread of tumor by inducing abnormal cell growth. Lycopene has been found effective in dealing with cancers of lung, breast and endometrial cancer (6).
Garlic does more than keep Vampires at an arm’s length. Studies conclude that garlic contains flavones and flavonols, which are sulfur compounds that help, kill cancer cells. Garlic is another spice that helps prevent the onset of cancer and it is widely used as a home remedy to prevent and treat breast, colon, stomach and oral cancer.
Another good source of dietary fiber, flaxseed helps lower cholesterol, provides roughage to your body and even helps prevent cancer; it is a super-food. Flaxseed is rich in lignans; chemicals that help prevent and protect you from carcinoma and other types of cancer. Flaxseed, like fatty fish is rich in omega-3s, which also have cancer preventing abilities (7).
Not only is this food low in fat and sugar, but it also possesses many health benefits. Broccoli contains many antioxidant compounds like most foods on this list, along with a special compound called indole-3-carbinol that is especially good in preventing the spread of carcinomas like breast cancer (8). Broccoli helps prevent the spread of other types of cancer like prostate and cervix cancer as well.
Spinach is another extremely good option to prevent cancer. It contains many essential nutrients and antioxidant compounds that prevent oxidative stress, skin problems and purge the body of free-radicals. Spinach contains a special antioxidant called lutein, which protects the body from specific types of cancer like breast, oral, stomach and colon cancer. The presence of carotenoids and zeaxanthin in spinach helps prevent and reduce the effects of cancer.
Loaded with vitamins and other essential nutrients, blueberries are an excellent remedy for cancer prevention. Blueberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that is an especially strong anti-carcinogenic. They contain other antioxidant compounds, which eliminate free radicals. Blueberries are rich in phytochemicals that usually prevent the growth of most forms of cancer. Always remember to choose raw and unprocessed blueberries instead of the packaged varieties. Other berries that exhibit similar anti-carcinogenic properties include blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries (9).
Pomegranates are good preventive foods for preventing cancer and treating its various other symptoms. Many studies conclude that pomegranate is rich in compounds like urolithin B. Urolithin B is a known suppressor agent, which inhibits hormone related cancers like breast cancers. Pomegranates also contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that is an especially strong anti-carcinogenic (10).
Walnuts are crammed with cancer-fighting omega-3s and other nutrients. They help purge the body of free radicals and also ease inflammation. Walnuts have been found to restrict the growth of breast cancer tumors. Studies found that consuming 2 cups (2 ounces) of walnuts a day helped induce remarkable changes in genes that lead to carcinomas like breast cancer (11).
11. Green Tea:
Another natural remedy for treating and preventing many conditions, like inflammation and respiratory conditions, green tea also exhibits anticarcinogenic properties. Rich in an entire array of antioxidants, green tea helps purge the body of free radicals. Have a cup of green tea everyday to keep cancers at bay. An independent study by a team of Japanese researchers found that people who consumed more than three cups of green tea in a day had a reduced risk of contracting pancreatic cancer (12).
12. Red Grapes:
Another excellent remedy for providing relief from the symptoms of cancer, grapes, especially red ones help prevent the onset of pancreatic cancer and other forms like lung cancer. Grapes are rich in Vitamin C, and help purge the body of cancer-causing free radicals. They contain special compounds known as proanthocyanidins, which reduce estrogen production and help cure pancreatic and lung cancers (13).
13. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera gel has many uses. It is used as an ingredient in moisturizers and in many home-based facial masks. Aloe vera helps keep inflammatory disorders in check. It contains many nutrients and is rich cancer-fighting antioxidants which help keep cancers like pancreatic and prostate cancer away. Consume fresh aloe vera gel once every day to reduce the risk of contracting cancer (14).
Another effective homebased remedy, lycopene is found in fruits like watermelon, apricot and guava. It is one of the best remedies for treating stomach based and pancreatic cancers. You should consume fruits that are rich in lycopene to get relief from the effects of cancers like pancreatic cancer (15).
15. Fresh Fruit Juice:
Fresh fruit juice is something most people love, unless you swear by Coca-ColaCola! Drinking fresh fruit juice has many benefits, especially if you are suffering from cancer. Depending on the fruits, fresh fruit juice contains essential vitamins and minerals, which help prevent and fight cancer as well. Usually, you should have apple, cherry, orange or mango juices, as these fruits are crammed with cancer-fighting compounds. Fresh fruit juice also helps boost your immunity and tastes great as well. It contains antioxidants that attack carcinogenic free radicals and pathogens.
16. Soya Bean:
Soya bean is an extremely effective anti-carcinogenic, which inhibits the cancerous cells from utilizing estrogen. Cook soya bean or have raw soya bean sprouts in a salad to prevent pancreatic and breast cancer. Soya bean is especially rich in anticarcinogenic enzymes (16).
This popular herb has many health benefits, including boosting immunity and helping curb and treats many forms of cancer (17). Remember that these are home remedies and cannot be substituted as cancer treatment. The ideal thing to do is use these natural remedies along with your cancer treatment. Do tell us about your experiences with cancer here. Leave a comment below.