Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells That Radiation & Chemo Can’t

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I watched every episode (some parts twice!) of  the docu-series The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest that aired recently, and was so impressed with the helpful information and inspiration it provided. Personally, I think it should have been required viewing for everyone so individuals could at least be made aware of certain data and statistics that aren’t normally presented by mainstream medicine or the news.

Anyway, one of the key things I learned had to do with cancer stem or mother cells and how conventional treatments don’t kill these particular cells and that’s why people often have recurrences of the disease elsewhere in their bodies. This article by Sayer Ji, who was featured in the docu-series, does a great job of highlighting the natural foods that DO kill stem cells. Woo-hoo, Mother Nature comes to our aid once again!

 

25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation

25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation

A new scientific review identifies 25 of the top foods and herbs which kill the cancer stem cells at the root cause of cancer malignancy. 

There are thousands of natural compounds that have been studied with demonstrable anti-cancer activity (check out over 600 on our cancer research database), but only a small subset of these have been proven to target and kill the cancer stem cells which lie at the root of cancer malignancy. Turmeric, for instance, we have featured a number of times for this “smart kill” property of targeting just the heart of cancerous tumors. More recently, ginger has been found in pre-clinical research to contain a compound up to 10,000 times more effective than the chemotherapy drug Taxol at killing breast cancer stem cells. Even common food like blueberry have special cancer killing properties, as discussed in a previous article: Research: Radiotherapy Causes Cancer, Blueberry Kills It.

A new study published in the journal Anticancer Research titled, “Natural Products That Target Cancer Stem Cells,” has made our job much easier of identifying this special category of cancer killers by reviewing the extant literature on the topic and listing the top 25 substances in this category. They are listed here below, along with some of their commonly recognizable dietary sources:

  1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)Green Tea (see article at the end of this post for more on green tea fighting cancer)

  2. 6-Gingerol – Ginger

  3. β-Carotene – Carrot, Leafy Greens

  4. BaicaleinChinese Skullcap

  5. CurcuminTurmeric

  6. Cyclopamine – Corn Lilly

  7. Delphinidin – Blueberry, raspberry

  8. Flavonoids (Genistein) – Soy, red clover, coffee

  9. Gossypol – Cottonseed

  10. Guggulsterone – Commiphora (myrrh tree)

  11. Isothiocyanates – Cruciferous vegetables

  12. Linalool – Mint

  13. Lycopene – Grapefruit, tomato

  14. Parthenolide – Feverfew

  15. Perylill alcohol – Mint, cherry, lavender

  16. Piperine – Black pepper

  17. Placycodon saponin – Playycodon grandifloruim

  18. Psoralidin – Psoralea corylilyfolia

  19. Quercetin – Capers, onion

  20. Resveratrol – Grapes, plums, berries

  21. Salinomycin – Streptomyces albus

  22. Silibinin – Milk Thistle

  23. Ursolic acid – Thyme, basil, oregano

  24. Vitamin D3 – Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil

  25. Withaferin A – Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)

Why are these substances so important?

The primary reason why conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy have failed to produce any significant improvements in cancer survival rates is because cancer stem cells are resistant to these interventions. In fact, chemotherapy and especially radiation are both capable of increasing the number and virulence of these cells in a tumor, while at the same time having the well known side effect of further damaging the patient’s immune system.

While the cancer industry is still very much resistant to incorporating the implications of these findings into their standard of care (which is highly unethical), there are an increasing number of health practitioners that will not turn their back on the truth and are very much interested in alternative ways to prevent and treat cancer using food and/or plant-based approaches.

The new study addresses the relevance of cancer stem cells as follows:

The cancer stem cell model suggests that tumor initiation is governed by a small subset of distinct cells with stem-like character termed cancer stem cells (CSCs). CSCs possess properties of self-renewal and intrinsic survival mechanisms that contribute to resistance of tumors to most chemotherapeutic drugs. The failure to eradicate CSCs during the course of therapy is postulated to be the driving force for tumor recurrence and metastasis. Recent studies have focused on understanding the unique phenotypic properties of CSCs from various tumor types, as well as the signaling pathways that underlie self-renewal and drug resistance.”

At present, the cancer industry has failed to produce a single drug that targets the cancer stem cell population of cells within a tumor, as confirmed by the study:

If indeed the CSC response is a vital criterion for cancer treatment evaluation, there are still no drugs in clinical use that specifically target CSCs.

The ability to selectively target cancer cells, and cancer stem cells in particular, while leaving intact the non-tumor cells in tissue is extremely important. We have created a section on our database that indexes research on these substances and now includes sixty seven of them here. We are also building a section that collates research cancer stem cells, a topic will no doubt become a central part of the future of cancer treatment, assuming the priority is to actually alleviate suffering and not just make money off of patients.

Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/25-cancer-stem-cell-killing-foods-smarter-chemo-radiation

Here’s another article that talks about cancer stem cells and how they are finding that a new therapy involving Vitamin A can help keep them in check:

http://easyhealthoptions.com/used-vitamin-block-tumor-growth-worked/

And more about how green tea works to conquer cancer…..

tea

The drink that conquers cancer cells

( by Carl Lowe) Cancer of the mouth can be a death sentence: Oral cancer kills half of its victims within five years of being diagnosed. But a particular beverage can support your chances of beating this disease.

Research at Penn State shows that a natural chemical found in green tea beneficially attacks proteins in oral cancer cells but does not harm healthy cells.

While other studies have shown that the natural substance – epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – can destroy cancer, no one understood why. The Penn State research shows that it disrupts the function of cancer cells’ mitochondria, tiny cellular structures that produce energy for cells.

“EGCG is doing something to damage the mitochondria and that mitochondrial damage sets up a cycle causing more damage and it spirals out, until the cell undergoes programmed cell death,” says researcher Joshua Lambert. “It looks like EGCG causes the formation of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, which damages the mitochondria, and the mitochondria responds by making more reactive oxygen species.”

As the mitochondria in the cancer cells attempt to defend themselves against EGCG, the cells are forced to lower their defenses against the body’s immune system and are more likely to be attacked and destroyed by immune cells.

“So, (a cancer cell is) turning off its mechanism of protection at the same time that EGCG is causing this oxidative stress,” Lambert notes.

The Penn State scientists found that EGCG did not cause this to happen in normal, healthy cells. Quite the opposite – EGCG seems to boost the protective abilities of normal cells against harm.

Lambert believes that EGCG is a more effective way to fight cancer than other methods: “The problem with a lot of chemotherapy drugs – especially early chemotherapy drugs – is that they really just target rapidly dividing cells, so cancer divides rapidly, but so do cells in your hair follicles and cells in your intestines, so you have a lot of side effects,” he says. “But you don’t see these sorts of side effects with green tea consumption.”

Source: http://easyhealthoptions.com/drink-conquers-cancer-cells/

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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