A new health breakthrough has turned the tables a little bit and opted not to look at what natural substances can fight a tumor—but rather, which ones can slow the spread of cancer.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study out of Washington State University that led to the conclusion that diet, nutrients, and natural chemicals within plants (like flavonoids) could possess abilities to halt cancer in its tracks.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/how-to-slow-down-cancer-naturally), the fatal nature of cancer doesn’t lie too much in the tumor that develops; it’s the spread of cancer throughout the body that’s most lethal. A new health breakthrough has turned the tables a little bit and opted not to look at what natural substances can fight a tumor—but rather, which ones can slow the spread of cancer. And it has led to some enlightening and positive news for treating cancer.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “How to Slow Down Cancer Naturally,” reports the researcher focused on genes that stop the process of “metastasis,” which is one of the scariest terms in all of health. This is the clinical term for cancer spreading. Searching through the medical literature, the researcher found that the link between nutrients and metastasis is not a common topic in studies. People tended to study the genes that suppress metastasis, but not substances that could be playing a role in that suppression.
So, the researcher looked harder into the studies and documented a group of such substances that directly seemed to affect the genes of different cancer that control its spread.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the list of substances included vitamin D (of course, as this is a huge disease-fighter), several amino acids, ginseng, lycopene (the cancer-fighter within tomatoes that turns them red), ethanol, pomegranate juice, curcumin, and fish oil. These substances and others affected cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, skin, and lung.
As the article outlines, these substances, some of the most popular in alternative medicine, were able to turn metastasis suppressor genes on or off. Therefore, what a patient chooses to eat, or perhaps buy in the supplement shop, could affect the spread of tumor cells. Unfortunately, this is an area that has not been well studied—but, of course, should be.
The researcher calls for more investigation into how nutrients and metastasis are connected. Also, it is clear that there are many more natural compounds out there, more chemicals found within food cures, that haven’t even been looked into yet. The answers to fighting cancer may be found in nature—the hard part is the search.
(SOURCE: Meadows, G., "Diet, nutrients, phytochemicals, and cancer metastasis suppressor genes," Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, published online June 13, 2012.)
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