Natural treatments for colon cancer – turmeric and garlic

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Natural cures for colon cancer

This is a type of cancer which is affecting the large intestine (colon). We know that the colon is a final part of our digestive tract. It is known that most cases of colon cancer begin as small and noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells which are known as adenomatous polyps. As the time passes, some of these polyps can become colon cancer. These polyps can be small and if there are any symptoms, they can produce a few symptoms. You should go on regular checkup to your doctor. He or she will make screening tests which can help to prevent the colon cancer by identifying and removing the polyps before they turn into cancer. [1] The most common symptoms of colon cancer are weakness or fatigue; unexplained weight loss; rectal bleeding or blood in your stool; a change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool, that lasts longer than 4 weeks; a feeling that your bowel does not empty completely and persistent abdominal discomfort, such as gas, pain or cramps. There are many people who do not experience symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer. When symptoms appear, then they will vary which is depending on the cancer’s size and location. You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from colon cancer before you start taking some of the below mentioned home remedies.

Colon cancer home remedies

Maintain a healthy weight: Those people who have a healthy weight, then you should work to maintain your weight by a combining a healthy diet with daily exercise. If you have more weight then you need to have, then you should talk with your doctor about the healthy ways to lose the weight. You should aim to lose weight slowly by increasing the amount of exercise you get and reducing the number of calories that you eat. [2]

Exercise most days of the week: You should try to get at least thirty minutes of exercise on most days. If you have been inactive in the past, then you should start slowly and then build up gradually to thirty minutes. Also you must talk with your doctor before you start any exercise program.

Green tea: It is known fact that this home remedy is rich source of catechins and epicatechins which are organic compounds that are directly linked to decreasing the presence of free radicals and lowering the risk of cancer. They are preventing the spread of the cancerous cells and they are displaying an anti – tumor effect. You should add green tea in your diet because this is one of the best ways to treat and prevent colon cancer. [3]

Stop smoking: We know that smoking is causing many different issues in the body. In the terms of colon cancer, smoking is increasing the speed at which polyps develop in the colon and also it increase their speed at which some of them can become cancerous. When you are eliminating the smoking, then you can eliminate dozens of carcinogens from the system which all contribute to compromising immune system and body. You need to talk with your doctor about the ways which can help you to quit smoking.

Turmeric and curcumin: The link between the colon cancer and curcumin has been widely examined, the use of the turmeric in relation to cancer is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. There are many laboratory studies on cancer cells in which are suggested that curcumin has anticancer effects. It can help to fight against the cancer and it can prevent more from growing. There are some studies in which are said that the curcumin is most effective against skin cancer cells, stomach cancer, bowel cancer and breast cancer. There was another study in 2007 in which was shown that the combined treatment of curcumin with chemotherapy eliminated more bowel cancer cells than chemotherapy alone [4]. There are other studies in which are said that the curcumin interferes with the cancer development, growth and spread. In these studies was said that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer – causing enzymes in rodents. There are many studies in which are said that in general turmeric works well to stop cancer in its tracks and it is especially effective at a helping to treat skin cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer [5]. Talk with your doctor before you start using the turmeric as your natural treatment for colon cancer.

Garlic: We know that garlic is used as a natural remedy for many different diseases because it has powerful active ingredient called allicin. You can use raw garlic or garlic extract to prevent the spread of cancerous cells and repair the damage to tissues. There are some studies in which are shown that the garlic can neutralize cancerous cells without damaging nearby healthy cells. The garlic is one of the best home remedies for colon cancer. Talk with your doctor which is the best way to use the garlic as your natural treatment for colon cancer. [6]

Blueberries: Blueberries is super-food. This natural cure is popular all over the world because it is rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids, quercetin, catechin, proanthocyanids, phenolic compounds and many more. These berries are the holy grail of antioxidants which can have a positive effect on the cancerous cells and the strength of immune system. They are eliminating free radicals and reduce cellular mutation which can significantly reduce the risk of all cancers. [7]

Natural cures for colon cancer

colon cancer natural cures

Ginseng: It is known fact that this herbal remedy is prized for its longevity – giving qualities and this is a reason why it has been used for thousands of years, since the time of ancient Chinese medical traditions. The ginseng is still a very popular home remedy for many different diseases, particularly serious conditions like cancer. Ginseng has high amounts of antioxidants which directly inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells and they can induce the apoptosis (automatic cell death) in cancerous cells. [8]

Salmon: It is known fact that the salmon is a rich source of Omega – 3 fatty acids. They can help to prevent the cancer because they posses antioxidant properties but also they can reduce the peripheral symptoms or health issues which normally contribute to cancer, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. [9]

Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all: If you are drinking alcohol, then you should limit the amount of alcohol which you drink to no more than one drink a day for women and 2 for men.

Flaxseed oil: In our lives we use many different vegetable oil for cooking so when you will replace the vegetable oil with flaxseed oil, then this should not be a problem for you. This type of oil will be a bonus to your health because it is rich in Omega – 3 fatty acids. This is a form of good cholesterol which is essential for our overall health. There are many people who have imbalances in their cholesterol levels. There are many studies in which are shown that Omega – 3 fatty acids are decreasing or inhibiting pro – inflammatory molecules throughout the body in which colon is included, thereby preventing the spread of cancer [9].

Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains: It is known fact that whole grains, vegetables and fruits have antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins which can play an important role in the cancer prevention. You should choose a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you can get an array of nutrients and vitamins.

Eat less red meat: There are some studies in which are shown that eating red meat on regular basis can increase the incidence of the colon cancer [10]. Also eating red meat daily and especially more than one serving per day can increase the risk of this cancer. It is shown that plant based diets have the lowest risk of colon cancer. The increased risk of colon cancer is associated with increased inflammation associated with chemicals released by digestion of red meat. It is known that these chemicals can increase the damage to and inhibit the repair of DNA in the cells lining your intestines. We know that the damage to DNA is a primary cause for all cancers.

Olive oil: This is a world famous vegetable oil which is a very effective home remedy for colon cancer. It is rich in phenolic content which works to eliminate cancer but also it can promote important enzyme production in the gut and intestines to improve the nutrient intake and it can protect against cancerous invasion. Also this natural cure works as a double blow to colon cancer if you use it regularly. [11]

Spinach: This is a perfect home remedy for colon cancer because it has high content of fiber as well as the nutrient dense of spinach. There are some conditions which can exacerbate the colon cancer such as hemorrhoids and constipation. One of the best ways to treat these conditions is through regular bowel movements and constant fiber intake. Spinach can provide the both things in addition to an impressive nutrient profile. [12]

References:

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[4] Patel BB, Sengupta R, Qazi S, et al. Curcumin enhances the effects of 5‐fluorouracil and oxaliplatin in mediating growth inhibition of colon cancer cells by modulating EGFR and IGF‐1R. International Journal of Cancer. 2007;122(2):267-273.

[5] Shanmugam MK, Rane G, Kanchi MM, et al. The multifaceted role of curcumin in cancer prevention and treatment. Molecules. 2015;20(2):2728-69.

[6] Ngo SNT, Williams DB, Cobiac L, Head RJ. Does garlic reduce risk of colorectal cancer? A systematic review. The Journal of Nutrition. 2007;137(10):2264-69.

[7] Huang W-y, Zhang H-c, Liu W-x, Li C-y. Survey of antioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry in Nanjing. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B. 2012;13(2):94-102.

[8] Wang C-Z, Yuan C-S. Potential role of ginseng in the treatment of colorectal cancer. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2008;36(6):1019-1028.

[9] Alnabulsi A, Swan R, Cash B, et al. The differential expression of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid metabolising enzymes in colorectal cancer and its prognostic significance. Molecular Diagnostics. 2017;116:1612-1620.

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[12] Parasramka MA, Dashwood WM, Wang R, et al. MicroRNA profiling of carcinogen‐induced rat colon tumors and the influence of dietary spinach. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 2012;56(8):1259-69.

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