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 the 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 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 checkups with your doctor. He or she will make screening tests which can help to prevent 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 discomforts, 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 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.

15 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 than you need to have, then you should talk with your doctor about healthy ways to lose 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 a known fact that this home remedy is a 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 to 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 increases the speed at which some of them can become cancerous. When you are eliminating smoking, then you can eliminate dozens of carcinogens from the system which all contribute to compromising the 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 colon cancer and curcumin has been widely examined, and the use of 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 cancer and it can prevent more from growing. There are some studies in which is said that 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 is said that curcumin interferes with 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 is said that in general turmeric works well to stop cancer in its tracks and it is especially effective at helping to treat skin cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer [5]. Talk with your doctor before you start using 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 a 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 which are shown that garlic can neutralize cancerous cells without damaging nearby healthy cells. Garlic is one of the best home remedies for colon cancer. Talk with your doctor which is the best way to use garlic as your natural treatment for colon cancer. [6]

Blueberries

Blueberries are a super-food. This natural cure is popular all over the world because it is rich in antioxidants, including flavonoids, quercetin, catechin, proanthocyanidins, 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 the immune system. They are eliminating free radicals and reducing cellular mutation which can significantly reduce the risk of all cancers. [7]

Natural cures for colon cancer

Ginseng

It is a 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. 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 apoptosis (automatic cell death) in cancerous cells. [8]

Salmon

It is a known fact that salmon is a rich source of Omega – 3 fatty acids. They can help to prevent cancer because they possess 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 oils 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 which are shown that Omega – 3 fatty acids are decreasing or inhibiting pro-inflammatory molecules throughout the body in which the colon is included, thereby preventing the spread of cancer [9].

Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

It is a known fact that whole grains, vegetables, and fruits have antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and vitamins which can play an important role in 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 which are shown that eating red meat on regular basis can increase the incidence of 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 the 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 of all cancers.

Olive oil

This is a world-famous vegetable oil that 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 a high content of fiber as well as the nutrient-dense of spinach. There are some conditions which can exacerbate 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 both things in addition to an impressive nutrient profile. [12]

References:

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[2] Lipkin M, Reddy B, Newmark H, Lamprecht SA. Dietary factors in human colorectal cancer. Annual Review of Nutrition. 1999;19:545-586.

[3] Miyata Y, Matsuo T, Araki K, et al. Anticancer effects of green tea and the underlying molecular mechanisms in bladder cancer. Medicines. 2018;5(3):87.

[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.

[10] English DR, MacInnis RJ, Hodge AM, et al. Red meat, chicken, and fish consumption and risk of colorectal cancer. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention. 2004;13(9).

[11] Borzi AM, Biondi A, Basile F, et al. Olive oil effects on colorectal cancer. Nutrients. 2019;11(1):32.

[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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