Very few of us know what it feels like to have cancer and fight against it every day. In an equal measure, very few people know the actual implications of this condition. They don’t know how it starts, what it feeds on, what the positive and negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation are or how you can fight it.
Know Thy Enemy
Before anything else, you should know that there are two different types of cancer cells that can reside in a patient’s body:
- Rapid-multiplying cancer cells that will produce bulky tumor masses. These kinds of cells are sensible to the destructive power of chemotherapy.
- “Stem cancer cells” which are difficult to spot and highly resistant to treatment.
Cancer stem cells will stay hidden within a tumor mass, in a relatively inactive (dormant) state. These cells are just waiting for a chance to reactivate and spread the seed of metastatic cancer throughout the entire body. The bad part about these cells is that they are resistant to any kind of conventional treatment used along with chemotherapy.
Substances that Destroy Cancer Cells
There is bad news and good news. The bad news is that conventional treatment can only kill those rapidly multiplying cancer cells, leaving the dormant ones untouched. In order for the treatment to be effective, the treatment needs to target both cancer cells, to prevent the disease from coming back.
The good news is that researchers have discovered that some natural, non-toxic plants have the ability to destroy those pesky cells with their anti-cancer properties. Here are some of them:
It was found out that turmeric can target the bad cancer cells without damaging the healthy ones. It basically causes the cancer cells to die out by themselves, ridding you of the condition.
- Green Tea
Green tea has highly antioxidant properties which reduce the cancer stem cells by means of apoptosis (the “suicide” of cells we were talking about above).
- Criorhina Berberina
This plant is said to work wonders along with turmeric in ridding you of cancer cells. It inhibits the growth of stem cancer cells, stopping the cancer altogether.
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a substance that is known for its anti-cancer properties. It targets the pancreatic cells that produce tumors. It also proved to be very useful in treating prostate and colon cancer.
Thistle is also known for its ability to induce apoptosis and provide an anti-cancer shield. While it was not yet tested on people, studies on animals showed that it’s very effective to treat cancer.
Cranberries are efficient in the fight against lung cancer and leukemia, aiding the chemotherapy treatment and inducing the autophagia (death) of cancer cells.
While chemotherapy and conventional cancer treatment should not be discarded, these plants will aid you in the fight against the disease and allow you to live again. Not only will they make you healthy on the inside, they will make this visible on the outside as well.