3 Natural Drinks With Strong Cancer Fighting Properties
Cancer fighting is strong and painful process. Conventional cancer treatments lean heavily on drugs. Doctors often recommend some dietary modifications. Those are: cutting down on red meat and dairy intake and abstinence from alcohol and sugar during and after the cancer therapy. But the therapeutic role of cancer-fighting foods and drinks is generally overlooked.
Cancers start developing a long time before they actually become apparent. Autopsies made on accident victims actually have shown that almost half of them had cancer which wasn’t diagnosed in various stages of growth. Most of these were as tiny as pinheads.
These ”sleeping” tumors do not cause any problem at that size. Although we have to say they have the potential to flare up any time. There is no detection, so the only weapons we have against them are cancer-fighting drinks or foods.
Population studies have shown that people who drink tea brewed from the leaves of Camellia sinensis have reduced risk of developing many cancers. Highly reactive free radicals are formed in the body in the course of normal metabolic processes and when tissues get damaged by toxins, radiation exposure, and injuries. The free radicals have the potential to damage the DNA of cells. Cells with damaged DNA can multiply in an abnormal way, and become the starting point of various types of cancers.
Antioxidant compounds called catechins occur in green tea and are highly effective in mopping up free radicals. They do this by combining with the free radicals and deactivating them. This process effectively reduces the risk of cancer.
There are several types of this cancer fighting drink such as green, black and oblong teas. All of them have varying amounts of catechins such as epicatechin, epigallocatechin , and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). But green tea is particularly high in EGCG which we know for its high antioxidant power surpassing that of Vitamins C and E.
The cancer-protective action of tea is not limited to the antioxidant effect of catechins. Other mechanisms also seem to be at work. They include inhibiting the action of enzymes that trigger tumor growth. They also promote the self-destruction of abnormal cells through a process called apoptosis, and restrain the growth. At the end,spread of cancers to other tissues. Along with catechins, other potent phytochemicals in tea such as thearubigins, theaflavins, polyphenols and flavonols like quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol may be responsible for these actions.
Bottled teas may not offer these benefits, so make freshly brewed tea a regular habit.
Kombucha Tea – Amazing Cancer Fighting Drink
We make this fermented drink from slightly sweetened black tea. It goes through the action of yeast and bacteria colonies that thrive in the starter. People have used the drink in China for the last 5,000 years. Even considered the elixir of life in that country, its therapeutic use, particularly its cancer protective action, was first put under scanner by the Russians in the early 20th century.
On trying to find a cure for cancer, Russian scientists noticed that large areas of the country where people traditionally drank ‘tea kvass’ (the Russian name for Kombucha tea) were generally free of cancer. After further studies, scientists confirmed that the drink have a powerful detoxification effect on the liver that afforded protection against several types of cancer.
Recent research had attributed the Kombucha tea detoxification effect to the high acetic acid content. But glucaric acid is the new contender. Maybe nowadays Kombucha tea is available in health food outlets, but the process of pasteurization and preservatives have reduced its effectiveness. It is best to make your own with the starter.
Red Grapes & Grape Juice – Powerful Cancer Fighting Drink
Grapes contain resveratrol, a poly phenol known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that offer cancer protection. The red and purple varieties are particularly high in this substance, so is red wine. Alcohol consumption is strictly forbidden in many cancers of the mouth, pharynx, colon and rectum as well as breast cancer in women. But red wine is no candidate for an anticancer diet.
Several laboratory studies conducted in vitro and on animals examined Resveratrol’s anti cancer action. There have been wide variations in the result based on the dosage and the way this polyphenolic compound was introduced. For example, it inhibited skin cancer in mice when it was given through injections, but not when it was given orally. At the same time, oral administration prevented the spread of cancer to the liver.
Resveratrol has beneficial effect on prostate and breast cancers in mice as well as cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. But not all of them have been replicated in clinical trials. Another interesting finding is that it seemed to promote cancer cell growth at very high doses.
Nevertheless, a long term epidemiologic study has shown a 50% reduction in breast cancer in women. They obtained resveratrol from eating grapes, but not from drinking wine. It goes to show that regular intake of small amounts of chemo preventive agents through diet may be your best bet in fighting cancer. Since this poly phenol is concentrated in the skin of the grapes, freshly prepared juice of organically grown red grapes would offer maximum benefit.
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