Cancer is a broad category of chronic diseases.
Like other chronic diseases, cancer is easier to prevent than to treat.
A good cancer prevention strategy depends on a library of compounds. They are obtained from food and dietary supplements.
For healthy and active people, the diet should include a variety of soy products, healthy fats, medicinal mushrooms, sea vegetables, cruciferous vegetables and colorful fruit.
Collectively these foods balance the generation of free radicals with their destruction.
Food is responsible for neutralizing free radicals with a large and diverse group of antioxidants.
Certain populations have a higher incidence of specific cancers. It is speculated that this increased incidence can be attributed to carcinogens in their diet and nutritional deficiencies.
There is a recognized protective relationship between a healthy diet and decreased cancer risk.
Vitamin D supplements are also recommended to increase cell ‘stickiness’, thereby preventing overgrowth.
A healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, fiber, and complex starches.
The diet should also reduce the amount of saturated fats in it.
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are thought to provide protection from lung, gastric and colo-rectal cancers.
Flaxseeds and soy beans are high in omega-3 fatty acids and contains other compounds that may help prevent cancer.
Cancer is characterized by an uncontrolled growth of cells.
The incontrolled growth is due to a chemcal change in DNA. This is a mutation.
There are many products that initiate a mutation. One in particular is quite disturbing.
In January 2011, the state of California added an ingredient used in soda beverages to its list of cancer-causing chemicals.
The cancer-causing chemical in question is 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI.
4-MI is a byproduct formed during the production of caramel, the color additive used in cola beverages.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have since modified their recipes in order to avoid being required to label their products as causing cancer.
But the question needs to be asked, how many more compounds are added to food that pose a health risk?
The ability to repress, prevent and reverse the growth of cancer is based on the individual. The kind and type of botanicals that work and the way they interact in the body is personal.
What works for one doesn't always work for another.
Pharmaceutical drugs on the other hand, produce consistent results and utilize the same pathways regardless of the person taking it.
This is the most fundamental difference between drugs and herbs.
For many people, preventing cancer is aided by the old axiom, "let food be thy medicine".
Prevention of cancer is a high priority in a good nutrional program.
Athletes stand a better chance of accomplishing that goal through the inclusion of colorful fruits, complex vegetables, soy products, sea vegetables and mushrooms in their diets.
Those foods, together with good genes and a lot of luck, will keep you healthy.
Those foods and good medical care will help cancer patients recover.
These foods provide unique, libraries of phytochemicals.
All of the compounds are manufactured by the plant. They are often aseembled as members of a series.
Each member will be mirror images of the others in the series except for some minimal alteration. It is this minor change that allows the members of the series to produce opposing or tangential effects.
It is this chemical uniqueness that produces the wondrous effects of plants. These series are a part of the complete library of compounds. Nature's libraries.
Discovering their activity is the purpose of research. That it is taking place at all of the world's drug companies does not bode well for the endangered forests and wildlife of the world.
Some of the compounds in vegetables, mushrooms, and sea weeds have been found to interfere with a cancer cell's reproductive activity.
The extraction, refining and testing of the most powerful member of the series has been shown to kill or retard the growth of cancer. These are the latest tools in the struggle against cancer.
Daily ingestion of these foods may prevent the need for the drugs derived from them.
Cancer begins when DNA undergoes a change in chemistry or mutation.
These short-term chemical reactions produce long-term damage.
The damage can be due to a specific carcinogen or some other toxic agent.
The rays of the sun, cigarette smoke, as well as the active hormones produced in the body, can all initiate a mutation.
The initiation of cancer involves the formation of a DNA adduct.
An adduct is a compound that binds to DNA.
The binding of adduct to DNA causes a faulty or incomplete replication of the cell’s DNA.
This is the moment of initiation. This is a mutation.
It is easier to prevent mutagenesis than it is to treat the resulting cancer.
In health, the body’s self-correcting forces, repair damage caused by solitary events.
As the events increase, the body's ability to withstand the added attacks becomes compromised.
When this occurs, DNA mutation outpaces DNA repair and health is not maintained.
It is at this point, that disease can be said to have begun. Carcinogenesis has taken place.
Estrogens are thought to initiate cancer via a DNA-estrogen adduct.
The reasoning is based on estrogen containing the molecule benzene. Benzene was found to cause leukemia decades ago and so it seems likely that the adduct theory is correct.
Flaxseeds phytonutrients may lower the level of estrogen in post-menopausal women helping maintain bone metabolism and minimizing adduct formation.
An interesting combination of natural products has been the subject of interest from researchers.
The combination involves resveratrol, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) , lipoic acid, and melatonin.
These four natural compounds help the body block specific estrogen metabolites from binding with DNA, thereby preventing the formation of adducts and mutations.
The combination is presumably more effective than the individual compounds and is deemed preventive for breast and prostate cancers.
Reservatrol (resorcinol) is the polyphenol found in wine. It is a powerful antioxidant synthesized and stored in the skin of the red grape