5 Cancer-Fighting Supplements

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Filed Under: Immune Health, General Health
Last Reviewed 03/27/2014

One hundred years ago, cancer was low on the list of dreaded diseases. Today, the pendulum has swung far and wide, and it’s said that one in three people will get cancer. 

5 Cancer-Fighting Supplements

Five Effective Cancer-Fighting Supplements

  • Fish oil. In laboratory studies, fish oil has been shown to slow the rate at which cancer spreads. In one study with terminally ill patients, 6 grams of fish oil daily resulted in a major improvement in immune function and length of survival. I always recommend 1 to 2 grams a day for good health, and 2 to 4 grams a day for heart patients. Shark and fish liver oil also contain vitamins A and D, anticancer nutrients on their own. This is definitely a powerful cancer-fighting supplement.

  • Probiotics. These supplements reinforce the gut’s critical bacterial flora. The so-called “good bacteria” are major elements in the immune system. They neutralize pro-carcinogenic substances, fight off pathogens and protect the vital digestive process that converts food into the nutrients required to run the body. Studies show that these cancer-fighting supplements can also lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

  • Curcumin. This active compound in the Indian curry spice turmeric has antitumor, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can slow tumor growth, according to laboratory research. My advice is to eat abundant amounts of curry or supplement with about 500 mg of curcumin.

  • Mushroom extracts. There are a number of extracts with significant antitumor properties and the ability to enhance appetite, reduce the amount of cancer drugs needed, and reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy. Among them are maitake, shitake, reishi and a blend of extracts in supplement form called AHCC (active hexose correlated compounds).

  • Ellagic acid. This compound, found in dark-colored berries, promotes apoptosis, the pre-programmed death of abnormal cells that can lead to cancer. I recommend 250 mg of ellagic acid daily.

According to a national poll, cancer is one of Americans' chief concerns and fears. Thankfully, these cancer-fighting supplements, many of which can be found in your neighborhood health-food store, can help.

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