We certainly touched on different cancer fighting remedies, and most of these remedies include plant-based components or substances. I want to share more good news concerning these plant-based substances, for they are very important in our lives. Whether you are a healthy robust individual or a person struggling with health issues that unfortunately might even include cancer in your life, then this post is certainly for you. Some or many of you might even know a lot about plant components. If you do well that is fine. This will be a welcomed review.
So, what are the important components of plants?
To start off our journey into the plant kingdom we discover PHYTOCHEMICALS. Now Phyto chemicals have been around for eons, so it is hard to dispute them. As a matter of fact, since plants have been used very often to treat an unbelievable number of disease and illness, it is extremely difficult to argue their life saving results. Now we shall return to the term “Phyto”. Phyto simply means plant compound or chemical. They are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other plants. Some of these phytochemicals are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer. They help stop carcinogens from attacking cells. Some scientists think that you could reduce your cancer risk by as much as 40% by eating more vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods that have certain phytochemicals in them. Research has shown that some phytochemicals may:
- help stop the formation of potential cancer-causing substances (carcinogens)
- help stop carcinogens from attacking cells
- help cells stop and wipe out any cancer-like changes
Some of the most beneficial phytochemicals are:
- beta carotene and other carotenoids in fruits and vegetables
- resveratrol in red wine
- polyphenols in tea
- isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables (members of the cabbage family that include bok choy, collards, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, and cauliflower). Some of these were mentioned in an earlier post.
Because these phytochemicals are in the fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains you eat, it’s fairly easy to include them in your diet. A carrot, for example, has more than 100 phytochemicals. Nutrition researchers estimate that more than 4,000 phytochemicals have been identified, but only about 150 have been studied. More research is needed to find out which phytochemicals may offer benefits in reducing the risk of cancer.
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, watercress, cauliflower and broccoli – these veggies are a great source of the phytochemical glucosinolate, which converts to isothiocyanates (which have been shown to have anti-pancreatic cancer properties in cell and animal studies, including suppressing the growth and spread of cancer cells, and killing pancreatic cancer cells). Cruciferous vegetables are rich in sulfur and support detoxification.
Soy foods like edamame, tofu, and unsweetened soy milk – soy is filled with phytochemicals, known as genistein. In cell and animal studies, genistein was associated with cancer cell death and inhibiting cancer cells from growing and spreading to other parts of the body (metastasis). Soy foods are a great source of plant-based protein.
A flavone is a colorless crystalline compound that is the basis for several white or yellow plant pigments. When a plant reaches for a color they interact with flavones and produce flavonoids. These pigments have antioxidants that are very helpful to the body. They remove or destroy free radicals. To understand free radicals in the body is to understand biochemistry. What I got out of it is that free radicals go through your body with electron shells that want to pair with other atoms in your body. And, when paired this can lead to a lasting catastrophic effect, for they can catalyze tissue in your body into dangerous masses that can lead to cancer. So, in a way, you can state that some free radicals are carcinogenic. Therefore, flavonoids are good; they work against free radicals in your body. You do not want your oxygen molecules to pair with just any free radical. Here are some foods high in flavonoids:
- Citrus fruit,
- Citrus fruit juices,
- Red wine,
Individual flavonoid intakes may vary considerably depending on whether tea, red wine, soy products,
PLACE FOR POLYPHENOLS
Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. However, they are known to decrease the rate of iron absorption.
- Cloves and other seasonings
- Cocoa Powder and Dark Chocolate
- Non-Berry Fruits
- Mexican Oregano
- Celery Seed
- Black Chokeberry
- Dark Chocolate
- Flaxseed Meal
How does ellagic acid fight cancer? Ellagic acid causes changes in the cell cycle of cancer cells in the test tube, leading to cell death. Ellagic acid is high in Polyphenols (these are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. However, they are known to decrease the rate of iron absorption.). If you take a lot of ellagic acid via the form of vegetables and fruits, you might want to take an iron supplement, too. Although experiments in the laboratory and in animals suggest that ellagic acid may have anti–cancer properties, these results are not always transferable to the human body. A single daily helping of fruits and vegetables high in ellagic acid can cut your chances of stroke in half. The following are foods rich in Ellagic Acid:
As we delve further and further into this Website, not only are you learning more and more on the subject of fighting and preventing cancer, but you may also hear the term(s) (flavonoids, polyphenols and phytochemicals) often. Thank God for these wonderful products and chemicals from plants.