Good for you…
Add broccoli sprouts, cabbage, and garlic to your next shopping list. And while you’re at the supermarket, make sure to stop in the supplement aisle and pick up a bottle of ginkgo biloba. Five insightful studies have outlined just how valuable all of these natural ingredients are in fighting cancer.
According to information that was presented during an annual meeting in Baltimore of the American Association for Cancer Research these natural products offer protection and, in some cases, can even stop the spread of cancer.
Among the findings:
A diet rich in broccoli sprouts can reduce Helicobacteri pylori (H. pylori) infection, which is known to cause gastritis and is thought to contribute to the formation of peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. The youngest sprouts (two to three days old) are a good source of the antioxidant sulforaphane.
Consuming broccoli sprouts may also reduce the risk of skin cancer in people who have been exposed to the damaging effects of too much sun. Researchers found it counteracted the carcinogenic properties of ultraviolet light exposure in an animal study.
While hot dogs may not be good for you, sauerkraut appears to protect women from breast cancer. The association seems to be highest in women who consume high amounts of either raw or short-cooked cabbage beginning in adolescence and continuing throughout adulthood. It is thought that glucosinolates, a constituent found in cabbage and other members of the Brassica family, can decrease the amount of DNA damage and cell mutation and also block the processes that inhibit programmed cell death and stimulate unregulated cell growth.
Ginkgo biloba may lower the risk of ovarian cancer. A population-based study of 600 ovarian cancer patients and 640 healthy, matched controls, found that women who took ginkgo supplements for at least six months were shown to have a 60 percent lower risk of the disease. The data showed that ginkgo had a particularly beneficial effect on a particular form of the disease, muncious ovarian cancer, reducing risk by 65 to 70 percent.
A flavor component of garlic could guard against the carcinogenic chemical PhIP which is produced by meat and eggs cooked at high temperatures. The chemical can cause DNA damage or transform substances in the body into carcinogens when it is biologically active. A component found in garlic, Dially sulfide, may counter this activity.
A narrowing, stiffening, or blocking of one or more of the heart valves is referred to as stenosis. The condition slows the flow of blood to the body. There are four types of stenosis: aortic (which affects the valve connecting the heart to the body’s main artery); mitral (which affects the valve connecting the upper and lower chambers of the left side of the heart, allowing blood flow to back up into the lungs); pulmonary (which affects the valve connecting the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery limiting blood flow to the lungs); and tricuspid (the gateway valve for blood returning from circulation back into the heart). Those who have any of these conditions are at an increased risk for endocarditis, an inflammation of the lining of the heart, and need to take special precautions before any type of dental, medical or surgical procedures.
Yours in good health,
Nutrition & Healing