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7 Natural Cancer Treatments

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Cancer is reaching epidemic proportions in the modern age, just about everyone knows someone affected by it. Unfortunately the standard treatments are relatively ineffective and people are desperate for some real answers. There are some natural alternatives which have been scientifically proven to provide beneficial results.

Green Tea

Green tea is now a recognized cancer preventative in Japan and holds promise for the prevention and treatment of cancer due to being rich in a substance known as EGCG. This substance is a strong antioxidant and so fights oxidative damage in the body that leads to illness. Green tea can also work synergistically with other anticancer drugs so improving their effectiveness [1].


MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane is a naturally occurring sulfur containing compound which is able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and decrease their viability [2]. MSM can be bought from pharmacies and health stores in capsule form.


Another potent anticancer substance is curcumin which is the yellow pigment found in turmeric. This substance has anti-inflammatory properties and is also able to inhibit tumor growth while not affecting healthy cells [3].


Quercetin is a natural flavonoid found in fruit and vegetables and it can also be bought in supplement form. It has been found to have strong antitumor affects as well as being an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory [4].


Resveratrol is a compound found in a number of foods but particularly in grapes. This compound holds a number of benefits in the treatment of cancer including inhibiting tumor growth and acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant [5].


Lycopene is found in fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes and watermelon. Lycopene has been found to suppress tumor growth and enhance the immune system so that the body is better able to fight against the disease itself. Lycopene can also help prevent cancer [6].


Selenium is a nutrient found in a number of foods, usually as a compound. It has a number of health benefits including the ability to reduce tumors and as a chemopreventive agent [7].

Apart from not being very effective, standard cancer treatments also often lead to negative side effects and attack healthy cells while attacking the tumor. Natural ingredients however do not have the same toxicity to healthy cells and often are able to benefit our health in other ways while combatting the cancer. Also most of these ingredients have a preventative action so don’t wait, prevention is better than cure. In order to prevent cancer it is also important to ensure you are eating a healthy diet and generally following a health-promoting lifestyle. 

P.S. Please note that this article is not meant to replace proper medical treatment but used synergistically to improve results.

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  1. Masami Suganuma, Achinto Saha and Hirota Fujiki "New cancer treatment strategy using combination of green tea catechins and anticancer drugs." Wiley Online Library. 31/07/2014 <Web >
  2. Eun Joung Lim equal contributor, Dae Young Hong equal contributor, Jin Hee Park, Youn Hee Joung, Pramod Darvin, Sang Yoon Kim, Yoon Mi Na, Tae Sook Hwang, Sang-Kyu Ye, Eon-Soo Moon, Byung Wook Cho, Kyung Do Park, Hak Kyo Lee, Ta "Methylsulfonylmethane Suppresses Breast Cancer Growth by Down-Regulating STAT3 and STAT5b Pathways." PLOS One. 31/07/2014 <Web >
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