Do you know that cancer causes more than half a million deaths every year, in the United States alone?
According to the 2015 US Cancer Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every four deaths in the United States was due to some type of cancer.
Thanks to the researchers and scientists who have been continuously working to find ways to defeat the deadly disease, today we have several treatment methods. However, they are usually long and painful. Patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy often ask their doctors for ways to reduce the pain and toxic effects of the treatments.
Cancer and Supplements
Supplements, vitamins and herbal remedies are widely used by cancer patients, all over the world, to improve the quality of their lives while battling with the disease. According to surveys, around 50% of cancer patients take some type of dietary supplements while undergoing cancer treatments.
Many cancer survivors have also reported using supplements to strengthen their immune system, reduce stress, and to feel better.
Vitamin B12 and folic acid, when used with the anti-cancer drug Pemetrexed, is found to help reducing the side effects. Addition of folinic acid to 5 -fluorouracil (5FU) chemotherapy is also found to help improve the response rate in patients.
A research study conducted to investigate the link between oesophageal cancer and vitamin and mineral supplements found that multivitamins can in fact reduce the risk of developing this type of cancer.
Best Natural Supplements for Cancer
Here are some natural ingredients that have found to help cancer patients:
- Flax Seeds
Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
However, ayurvedics suggest avoiding flaxseed oil because it doesn’t have the same amount of nutrients as the seeds or their powder.
Garlic has long been known to offer many health benefits. Here are the few benefits it offers:
- Reduce or limit the spread of cancer cells
- Improve natural mechanism for DNA repair
- It prevents the activation of cancer causing substances in our body
- Anti-bacterial properties
Eat one raw garlic clove per day or take garlic extract (300 to 1000 mg) to benefit from its amazing properties.
Green tea, garlic, and turmeric may also help with cancer treatment prevention and control.
While there is a good amount of evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, that supplements may help prevent and control of cancer to some extent, there still is some skepticism attached to this. This is mainly because there is some contradictory evidence as well. Clinical trials, conducted in the late 70s and early 80s, failed to confirm the claims that vitamins and other types of supplements can help in cancer treatments.
While there is some evidence that shows the effectiveness of dietary supplements for cancer patients, it is important to remember that they cannot fully cure or prevent any type of cancer on their own. They may just facilitate the process.
Also, some supplements may hinder the cancer treatment process as they contradict with therapies and medications. Therefore, it is recommended to always consult your doctor before taking any supplement.