Top 12 List of Medicinal Plants Used for Cancer Treatment

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Most people thought cancer is some kinds of inherited disease which is a children whose parents were diagnosed with cancer is likely to have higher risk to same disease. Well, that is not quite true but the risk is still higher though it is not inherited. So, how that could possibly happen? It is because a family tends to have the same habit or even exposed to the same chemicals that may be the root of the problem.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is not only a disease but there are a lot of types fo cancer, so it is well known as a group of diseases which occurs caused by the growth of abnormal cells in the body with potential to spread and affect the other organs. Some people are mistaken cancer to be same as tumor, the fact is they are totally different because tumor is not spreading just getting bigger. There are more than 100 types of cancer that have been reported and documented and surprisingly the number is progressively increasing. So, what is the main cause of cancer? This answer is not really easy to answer because there are a lot of factors that cause it but generally, the growth of cancerous cells in human body caused by genetic mutation of environmental factors such as long term direct exposure of dangerous chemicals, unhealthy habit, wrong diet, genetic, hormones and many more.

In summary, healthy habit and healthy diet is probably the best thing to fight cancer, that’s how to prevent cancers naturally. According to WHO at least half of reported cancer cases were preventable, so by keeping the list of medicinal plants used for cancer treatment as below may help preventing the deaths caused by cancer. Furthermore, the plants are actually very easy to be found around you.

  1. Turmeric

One of the main benefits of turmeric is anti-cancer. Turmeric has been part of Ayurvedic traditional medicine since ancient time due to its amazing medicinal properties. Curcumin is the active organic compound found in turmeric and it responsible to the death of cancerous cells in some research studies. Furthermore, curcumin is only attacking the cancerous cells and leaving the healthy cells. Among Asian people, turmeric is one of the herbal plants they use in daily basis.

  1. Ginger

One of the active compounds found in ginger is gingerol. According to some studies and experiments stated that gingerol found in ginger is very effective in killing tumor. Specific studies in ovarian cancer also stated that gingerol cause the cancerous cells death. Furthermore, besides as anti-cancer, more benefits of ginger are like improving immunity system and reduce inflammation. As rich of antioxidants, consuming ginger regularly also help in preventing the development of cancerous cells.

  1. Aloe Vera

Since ancient time the health benefits of aloe vera has been well known especially to treat skin conditions. However, recent studies have found that there is a promising possibility of aloe vera to fight cancer as well. AE is the short from anthraquinone, a organic compound well known as impressive anti-cancer. In some studies, AE has been proven to be effective in inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells and no surprise, this compound is actually one of the properties found in aloe vera.

  1. Leafy Green Vegetables

What you should eat to prevent cancer? The answer is as simple as leafy green vegetables. In the other words, all vegetables with green leaves are great to prevent cancer such as spinach, kale, arugula, watercress and many more. Those vegetables are rich of vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants. Those combinations are great to fight cancer. Surely you have know the benefits of organic foods and vegetables, so you should make sure as well from where your vegetables come from to make sure them to be healthy and safe to be consumed by your family.

  1. Cruciferous Vegetables

Some people are wondering what are cruciferous vegetables are. Well, surely you have been familiar about the health benefits of broccoli as one of the nutritious vegetables on earth and broccoli is one of the cruciferous vegetables along with cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and many more. Just like in broccoli, there are some potent antioxidants found along with detoxifying enzymes to provide additional protection to the structure of DNA. Furthermore, these kinds of vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals including folic acid.

  1. Herbs and Spices

The list of herbs and spices could be endless and Asian herbs and its benefits are probably the most famous one. Some examples of herbs and spices that commonly found in the kitchen are like garlic, cardamom, pepper, coriander and many more. Without you realize it, you have been using those herbs and spices in daily basis. Well, it is actually one of the thing you could do to provide protection to your family from cancer because most of those herbs and spices are excellent immunity booster which is very helpful to prevent cancer as well as during cancer treatment.

  1. Nuts and Seeds

When it comes to nuts and seeds, the main compounds that are commonly found are like omega 3 fatty acid, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Those combinations will provide your body excellent immunity system. Some nuts and seeds recommended to consume are like flaxseed, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and almonds. There are more list of nuts and seeds you could consume. Furthermore, nuts and seeds could be healthy snacks that everyone love. Sometimes to be healthy is as easy as snacking a jar of almonds.

  1. Green Tea

Green tea is one of the beverages which benefits is probably endless. However, among those endless benefits of green tea, this tea is actually a potent anti-cancer. Recent research studies have proven that consuming green tea regularly is able to reduce the risk of cancer and highly recommended during cancer treatment. It is because Camellia sinensis that produces green tea contains some polyphenolic compounds that could help inhibiting the growth of tumor and prevent the spread of cancerous cells. Well, it’s actually a delicious way to prevent cancer.

  1. Onion

There are a lot of types of onions that a lot of people consume in daily basis. Well, consuming onions are considered to be a healthy habit because without you know it, by consuming them you also get the health benefits of onions. Some studies have found that there is a significant relation between consuming onions and cancer diseases. Though from the rate of effectiveness, the result is varying still in general, there is reduction in risk of cancer especially in prostate cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The main reason is because onions are excellent source of antioxidants which are well known as anti-cancer properties.

  1. Berries

Who doesn’t love berries? Not only the appearance of most berries are so mouthwatering like strawberry, blueberry and mulberry but also the taste which is the combination of sweet, sour and very juicy. Well, if you love eating berries, without you realize it you are also reducing the cancer risk. All berries are rich of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, fiber and many more. That’s why berries also well known as super food. The combinations of potent antioxidants such as lycopene, phenols, lutein, zeaxanthin and polysaccharides will provide your body one more layer of protection from free radicals that could be the root of cancer.

  1. Brightly Colored Fruits

Could you make a list of brightly colored fruits? Well, the list is probably longer than you think. So, the options are probably unlimited when it comes of bright colored fruits. Do you know that the bright color pigment in the fruits is actually formed by a certain organic compound well known as carotenoids. Carotenoids are one of the potent antioxidants, so in other words, all fruits with bright colors are rich of antioxidants. And it is a common knowledge that antioxidants are potent anti-cancer properties. Furthermore, fruits are great for diet, rich of vitamins and fiber.

  1. Mushrooms

When it comes the species of mushrooms, you must be surprised about the answer but surely you have known that not all mushrooms are edible. However, those that have been proven to be edible has a very long list of benefits. Among the list of  health benefits of mushroom is as anti-cancer. Why mushrooms are great to fight cancer because they have been well known to be potent immune-enhancer and during cancer treatment, healthy immune system is very essential. Healthy immune system means healthy cells regenerations to replace the broken or dead cells caused by cancer.

So, what you are going to do right now? Do you feel super safe from cancer now? Actually, the more you know about the facts the more worries you will have. However, the list of medicinal plants used for cancer treatment mentioned above may help you saving lives but still there is no word ‘too late’ to start something good today like doing regular exercises, take the benefits of healthy eating and avoiding all unnecessary things that may be harmful to you.