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Colorectal cancer is defined as any cancer in the large intestine or rectum. It is the second most common cancer in the United States and affects over 130,000 people each year. Many people choose not to do chemotherapy and drug treatments and look for natural ways to diminish their cancer. Some proven anticancer herbs that are among the best natural treatment for colorectal cancer are discussed in this article.
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Green tea (Camillia sinensis) is known for its anti-cancer properties due to the phytochemicals it contains. These phytochemicals starve the cancer cells by shutting down glycolysis, the process which supplies energy to cancer cells. Green tea also contains antioxidants known as polyphenols which help boost the body’s immune system. The polyphenols can also stop the growth and reproduction of cancer cells. Green tea has been used for centuries in India for its treatment of digestive tract infections. The rates of colorectal cancer in people who drink green tea on a consistent basis are lower than those who don’t drink the tea.
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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric has been used traditionally by the Chinese to heal digestive disorders and to help secret mucous to protect the stomach. It has been shown to activate gene p53 which is a gene that deactivates cancer cells. Turmeric has also been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth. Turmeric acts as a free radical scavenger and antioxidant and stimulates the immune system. It is also useful in detoxifying the body.
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Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) stimulates the production of interleukin-2 which fights against cancer. It contains polysaccharides that enhance the immune system and inhibits growth of tumors. Reishi has antioxidant properties that slow tumor growth. Reishi mushroom is recognized in Japan as a cancer treating substance.
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Garlic (Allium sativum) is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-tumor properties. An Iowa Women’s Health Study showed that those who regularly consumed garlic had at least a 35% lower chance of developing colorectal cancer. A study in China also showed decreased cancer risk by those who consume garlic.
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The diet of those who have colorectal cancer is very important. They need to consume foods that are high in antioxidants as they help fight against cancer. Refined foods, fried food and food high in fat should be avoided. They should reduce their intake of red meat and increase their consumption of cold water fish. Foods high in fiber are important to the diet, as well as consuming plenty of water. Consuming twenty grams of fiber a day has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent colorectal cancer. A change in the diet and taking the recommended herbs will provide one of the best natural treatments for colorectal cancer.
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Veracity, Daniel. “Studies show reishi mushrooms benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments, from high blood pressure to AIDS.” Naturalnews.com. Thursday, January 25, 2007
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