Garden herbs contains various medicinal properties and, when consumed in combination with healthy spices and vegetables, have powerful cancer-preventive properties.
The easiest and most inexpensive way to reduce your risk for cancer is by eating a healthy diet. Below are 5, common herbs you might consider eating more of.
5 Herbs That Reduce Your Cancer Risk:
Dill has a strong tangy flavor and has many medicinal properties, which come from a compound known as Monoterpenes. Monoterpenes, are stimulants and help activate secretions of an enzyme known as glutathione-S-transferase.
This is a powerful anti-oxidant, which is very effective in neutralizing carcinogens, particularly free radicals, thereby protecting from cancer.
Garlic contains arginine, sulphur, selenium and flavonoids. The bio-active compounds of garlic are formed from allicin when the bulb is chopped or crushed.
The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition or EPIC, an ongoing multinational study among 10 countries has shown a positive co-relation between the consumption of garlic and reduced risk of cancer.
Garlic is known to be an anti-bacterial agent, with the ability to stop the activation and formation of cancer causing agents. The World Health Organisation or WHO recommends at least 2-5 grams or one bulb of garlic daily for adults.
Mint leaves contain a phytochemical that has been found to cut off the blood supply to cancer tumors, resulting to their death. This is yet another example of the healing power of nature and the medical efficacy of phytochemicals found in your own garden.
This bright green herb, which is overlooked by many as just a garnish has lately caught the attention of the medical community. Parsley has apigenine, a natural oil that has been known to prevent angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels that supply cancerous tumors with nutrients. The apigenine content from parsley cuts off the blood supply to a tumor, acting similarly to the prescription drug Avastin.
The main component of turmeric is curcumin, a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. Published scientific papers have shown that curcumin contains the ability to kill cancer cells, while not harming the healthy cells in the process.