Herbs and Spices not only add taste to the food but they also contain various healing properties, too. Even before the advent of medicines, people used to rely on Herbs and Spices for the cure of various ailments.
In recent research conduct by the scientist proved that certain Herbs and Spices have the ability to prevent cancer. Since, the medication used by cancer patients and chemotherapies can affect their other cell system so the use of certain herbs but after the consultation of the doctor can be used to cure it’s side effects or to prevent it.
Garlic’s botanical name is Allium Sativum. It has been used as a healing medicine throughout the history. It has properties that may heal. Garlic is also known for the prevention of lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Garlic has strong antibacterial properties and has the ability to block formation and halt activation of cancer causing substances.
Garlic also can enhance DNA repair, hamper neoplastic cell reproduction and, like other spices, can induce apoptosis.
Cayenne Pepper belongs to the family of Capsicum annuum. It is also a great medicinal herb with healing properties. According to the scientist experiments in cancer cells and mice proves that capsaicin causes prostate cancer cells to undergo a kind of suicide. Capsaicin caused almost 80 percent of prostate cancer cells in the mice to die. In addition, prostate cancer tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice and it also promotes apoptosis.
Turmeric’s scientifically known as Curcuma longa. It has been used since centuries for healing purposes.
“Turmeric is auspicious and one of the most important herbs,” said Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Turmeric has been shown to inhibit the growth of various cancer cells including, bone, breast, brain tumors, colon, liver, pancreatic, stomach, bladder, kidney, prostate, leukemia, ovarian cancers and melanoma. Turmeric has been known around the world as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent to treat infection, inflammation, support wound healing and improve digestion.
One of its powerful anti-cancer benefits is in its ability to induce apoptosis, which is the programmed cell death of cancer cells without touching or hurting any other healthy cells.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a nutritional supplement. It has extraordinary levels of antimicrobial and antioxidants compounds.
It contains the phytochemical quercetin, which is known to slow cancer growth and promote apoptosis. The ingredients that give oregano its antimicrobial properties protect against colon and prostate cancer as well as restrict the growth of malignant cancer cells in the body. Oregano extract leads to growth arrest and cell death in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Changes in glutathione content, as well as the increase in its oxidized form. Both extrinsic and intrinsic apoptotic pathways appear to be activated by spice extract.
Botanical name is Salvia rosmarinus. It is a natural supplement that contains healing properties. Many research studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.
Rosemary extract has been reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and anticancer properties. Rosemary extract contains many polyphenols with carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid found in highest concentrations. It has compounds that can detoxify the substances that spreads or initiates breast cancer. And it is also to be known as chemo protective.
Cinnamomum verum, it has powerful medicinal properties. Research has proved that, half teaspoon of true cinnamon can keep the risk of cancer away.
A Korean study which was conducted I 2010 showed that cinnamon extract was able to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer in laboratory cells with various types of cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, cervical and colorectal cancer. Mice that had melanoma were given cinnamon orally and results showed that the cinnamon again inhibited tumor growth. Keep in mind that taking large doses of cinnamon over a long period of time is not recommended.
Black pepper (Pepper nigrum), It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have known for ages.
Black pepper is an active alkaloid with an excellent spectrum of therapeutic activities such as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-asthmatic, anti-convulsant, anti-mutagenic, antimycobacterial, anti-amoebic, and anti-cancer activities. Because of its inhibitory influence on P-gp activity, black pepper can reverse multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer cells and acts as bioavailability enhancer for many chemotherapeutic agents.
A study conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer and published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, found pepper along with turmeric — inhibited the growth of cancerous stem cells of breast tumors. However, the spice didn’t destroy healthy cells.
Basil’s Botanical name is Ocimum basilicum. It contains healing properties and have been used throughout the years for it’s medicinal and healing purposes.
A scientific research on herbs and spices to prevent cancer has showed that, Phytochemicals in holy basil do help in preventing the certain types of cancer; skin cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer and oral cancer. The compounds of holy Basil increases the antioxidant activity, changing gene expression, triggering cell death, and slowing cell division.
The listed herbs and spices can prevent the risk of cancer or cancer cells and can act as a protective cancer cell agent. It is necessary to remember that herbs and spices should be consumed with the consultation because irregular or high dose use of herbs and spices can lead you to the unwanted conditions and reactions.