Foods help to reduce chance of Cancer (carcinoma)

There are thousands of natural compounds that have been studied with demonstrable anti-cancer activity (check out over 600 on our cancer research database), but only a small subset of these have been proven to target and kill the cancer stem cells which lie at the root of cancer malignancy. Turmeric, for instance, we have featured a number of times for this “smart kill” property of targeting just the heart of cancerous tumors. More recently, ginger has been found in pre-clinical research to contain a compound up to 10,000 times more effective than the chemotherapy drug Taxol at killing breast cancer stem cells. Even common food like blueberry have special cancer killing properties, as discussed in a previous article: Research: Radiotherapy Causes Cancer, Blueberry Kills It.

A new study published in the journal Anticancer Research titled, “Natural Products That Target Cancer Stem Cells,” has made our job much easier of identifying this special category of cancer killers by reviewing the extant literature on the topic and listing the top 25 substances in this category. They are listed here below, along with some of their commonly recognizable dietary sources:

1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)Green Tea

2. 6-Gingerol – Ginger

3. β-Carotene – Carrot, Leafy Greens

4. BaicaleinChinese Skullcap

5. CurcuminTurmeric

6. Cyclopamine – Corn Lilly [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]

7. Delphinidin – Blueberry, raspberrry

8. Flavonoids (Genistein) – Soy, red clover, coffee

9. Gossypol – Cottonseed [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]

10. Guggulsterone – Commiphora (myrrh tree)

11. Isothiocyanates – Cruciferous vegetables

12. Linalool – Mint

13. LycopeneGrapefruit, tomato

14. Parthenolide – Feverfew

15. Perylill alcohol – Mint, cherry, lavender

16. Piperine – Black pepper

17. Placycodon saponin – Playycodon grandifloruim

18. Psoralidin – Psoralea corylilyfolia

19. QuercetinCapers, onion

20. ResveratrolGrapes, plums, berries

21. Salinomycin – Streptomyces albus

22. Silibinin – Milk Thistle

23. Ursolic acid – Thyme, basil, oregano

24. Vitamin D3 – Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil

25. Withaferin A – Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)

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