Can natural herbs and supplements cure cancer? Not in the vast majority of cases.
However, there’s a vast array of scientific literature that supports their use in strengthening the immune system to fight cancer. And there are some intriguing case reports suggesting that in some cases, these items do contribute to long-term survival.
There are nearly 10,000 peer-reviewed papers on the link between Vitamin D3 and cancer, over 5,000 on Vitamin C, and nearly 2,000 on Vitamin K! Many of the other herbs and supplements with proven benefits to cancer patients come from a food that has traditionally been part of the human diet in some part of the globe.
Did you know that of the few remaining hunter gatherer tribes left in the world, many utilize over 100 species of plants and animals for food? Yet today, most of our food supply in the modern world comes from only a few dozen species.
What anti-cancer compounds might we be missing in our diets today that be found in uncommon herbs, spices, or other ancient regional foods?
Take curcumin, for example. This promising anti-cancer compound in the cooking spice turmeric has been the topic of over 4,000 peer-reviewed research papers examining its effect upon cancer!
Other plant products such as graviola, green tea, grape seed extract, and even various mushroom species also have demonstrated benefits.
The very first thing to do is to make sure you're eating a nutrient dense diet. There is very little sense in adding natural herbs and supplements to a bad diet. The main source of good nutrition is the diet itself, and many supplements can be avoided altogether by eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals!
If one eats sufficient fatty fish, liver, fibrous vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, and leafy greens, then supplementation of most of the vitamins and minerals in Category 1 (shown below) may be avoided altogether. Add a variety of ordinary herbs and spices to this list, and you’re already way ahead of the pack in terms of strengthening your immune system against cancer.
Second, evaluate whether you need the items in Category 1, below, based on your diet. Category 1 contains vitamins and minerals crucial to proper function and thriving, but most people have insufficient intakes. See my Nutrition and Cancer section for help in getting your diet on the right track.
Vitamin C is an exception. I believe it to be the single most effective anti-cancer agent in the entire list, and the quantities that should be ingested in most cases are far beyond what one can obtain with foods. Because of this, Vitamin C is the very first supplement that should be considered by cancer patients.
Finally, items in Level 2 will provide benefit to the vast majority of cancer patients and they have the highest levels of evidence. Most people can safely add these natural herbs and supplements to their cancer regimen. See each page for information on dosage and sources.
Under many circumstances supplements in Level 3 may also be helpful.
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DIM (di-indole methane)
Grape seed extract
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