Fighting Cancer with Spices!
Spice Up Your Life & Fight Cancer
By Guest Contributor: Amy Patterson —– Love the bright yellow color that turmeric adds to Indian dishes, the sneaky heat of black pepper, or the versatility of garlic? According to researchers, these everyday, easy to use spices, rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, can keep you healthy and possibly help in fighting cancer with spices. In an age when people are trying to be more proactive in their own health, including the decisions that they make, many are open to taking a natural approach to managing health.
Keep Sickness Away with These Tips on Fighting Cancer with Spices
Researchers have found that adding just a pinch of spices packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to a daily dish can turn it into a cancer fighting meal. While some not-so-adventurous eaters prefer to keep their meals on the bland side, there are a variety of spices that can enhance a meal without compromising the overall taste. Want to fight against nasty cancer cells after facing a delayed cancer diagnosis or simply boost your health? Read further for some great tips on fighting cancer with spices and learn the benefits they can offer to your health!
Try incorporating some of these spices into your daily diet; if you look in your spice cabinet (even way in the back), you may find that you already have all the spices you need:
- Black or Cayenne Pepper: For users new to the world of spices, black pepper may be a good starting point. This berry contains piperine, a naturally occurring chemical compound and has strong antioxidant properties. According to a study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, black pepper was found to inhibit the growth of cancerous stem cells of breast tumors.
Like black pepper, cayenne pepper is known as a powerful antioxidant thanks to the capsaicin found in chili peppers. Capsaicin has shown to suppress the growth of prostate cancer cells and in some instances even kill some.
Both peppers can be added to a variety of meals throughout the day, from eggs to a snack like popcorn to add a little cancer fighting heat.
- Ginger: Fresh ginger, sliced or grated straight from the root, has been known to aid in digestion, help control nausea, and due to its anti-inflammatory properties may protect against cancer. This spice, used in a variety of baking and ethnic dishes, can help patients who are battling the nauseating side effects of traditional cancer treatment.
- Garlic: Not only has garlic played a role in the folklore of warding off vampires, but this allium vegetable (along with other family members: onions, scallions, and leeks) has been known to prevent stomach cancer. If you’re starting to feel a little run down and may be coming down with something, add this immune-strengthening and anti-carcinogenic spice to any dish. If you’re feeling really brave (bad breath or not), try roasting garlic in olive to make a delicious spread.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is most likely one of the most used and recognized spices in baking. The National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests the Ceylon cinnamon (this is the preferred type) may be effective in the treatment of tumors, preventing gastric cancer, melanoma, lymphoma, and other cancers such as cervix and colorectal.
While spices have been known to show positive results, you may need to do more than add more than spice to your daily meals. By closely monitoring your own health and having a medical professional you can trust, you can be proactive in living a healthier life and fighting against cancers and other life changing illnesses.
Guest Contributor: Amy Patterson is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in her spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find her catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach with her family. She loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.