‘Functional foods’ that combat cancer cell growth

Believe it or not, we all have potential cancer cells in our body.

The difference between those that grow and those that don’t greatly depends upon what we put in our bodies to prohibit cancer cell growth.

We have many specific enzymes, proteins and coding within the immune system that may be activated to kill cancer cells. For instance, a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine identified a molecule called TIC 10, which activates the protein that fights cancer.

Not only that, but TIC 10 gives healthy cells a ‘boost’ to fight cancer and other diseases.

As you can see, the body is nature’s own complex ‘high-tech’ machine, and it is far smarter than we are. Its systems recognize foreign invaders and poisons.

‘Functional foods’ is a new sphere of research involving the study of components within many foods that fight diseases. Here are a few foods that have been identified as potent cancer fighters:

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant found in the popular Indian spice tumeric. According to a review of more than 700 studies, turmeric has been found to outperform many pharmaceutical drugs in its effects against chronic, debilitating diseases, including cancer.

Tomatoes contain many compounds with healthful properties, particularly carotenoids and lycopene, which are being actively studied. Regular consumption of tomatoes has long been associated with lower risks of several types of cancer.

Garlic, as many people know, is loaded with a component called allicin which gives garlic its strong aroma and flavor (allicin is also present to a lesser degree in all the onion family). As noted in the Prevention Research Journal and the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, garlic is known as the world’s most powerful antioxidant. Traditional Chinese Medicine has consistently utilized garlic as a medicine for thousands of years.

Modern Chinese studies say that compounds such as diallyl sulfide, released when the bulb is broken into cloves and crushed or chopped, is responsible for numerous preventative powers against cancer and other diseases.

Hemp’s medicinal powers, unlike garlic’s, is much less well known, but just as potent in its own specific roles in the body. Hemp oil has been found to promote full body healing, as it raises the melatonin levels many times higher than normal and slows or stops the growth of several types of cancer cells—particularly dangerous breast cancer cells–but hemp performs many other services for bodily functions.

Melatonin is best recognized as a natural sleep aid, but few realize that hemp is the king of melatonin activators. In addition, hemp oil is one of the world’s richest sources of essential amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Other primary functional foods that fight cancer include grapes and resveratrol, mushrooms, cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, mustard greens and broccoli, and sea vegetables such as kombu, kelp, seaweed, wakame and nori.

Sources: http://preventdisease.com, www.wakingtimes.com

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