How to Make Stevia Extract to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

how-to-make-stevia-extractI’ve shied away from stevia in the past, because I hate its aftertaste. But, if you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, it is probably your best option of sweetener to use. So how can we make it more palatable? Today I’ll show you how to make your own stevia extract that doesn’t have a horrid aftertaste.

Years ago, I went to a cooking class on gluten-free and sugar-free baking. It was the worst cooking class I have ever attended – for various reasons! It was a demonstration, and the foods that were prepared were very high in refined carbohydrates (albeit gluten free ones) and fats. But no sugar – they used stevia instead. When we got to taste the dishes – I hated them all! I think that was the first time I had ever had stevia – and that aftertaste just wouldn’t go away.

But today, after some investigation, I am a little more tolerant of stevia. You can reduce or avoid its aftertaste,which makes stevia a good option to help you transition to avoiding sugar and other artificial sweeteners.

Stevia comes from the leaves of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana, and is usually found as a powder or a liquid extract. The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycoside – which has 150 times the sweetness of sugar. Stevia does not affect blood glucose levels, and some studies show it may help improve insulin sensitivity.

What I have found is that the bitter aftertaste is apparent when too high a concentration of stevia is used. Even though recipes with stevia call for just a few drops – if the extract or powder is really concentrated, that can still be too much. So taking it easy is the way to go.

To make stevia powder, collect stevia leaves and dry them, then finely chop them in a blender. The dried leaf powder can be used as is, in certain recipes – but they won’t dissolve, so don’t try them in your coffee!

There are many different ways to prepare an extract, with variables including:

  • using fresh leaves or dried leaves

    I use fresh leaves that I grow myself. They are easy to grow, and the plant regrows every year. The ideal time to harvest the leaves is around August – when the flowers start to appear but before the flowers start dying. If you leave it too late, you are more likely to get bitterness. If you can’t get fresh leaves, you can buy the dried leaves and use them instead.

  • with alcohol or  without alcohol

    I use alcohol – vodka – for my extract, because it extracts the sweetness well, and quickly. Any recipe calls for only a few drops of extract, which means there is negligible alcohol in the final product.

  • duration of the extraction time

    I extract for a relatively short period because, again, I find that the sweetness comes through quickly, and there is more likely to be an aftertaste if you leave the leaves in the alcohol for a longer period.

  • concentrating the extract by heating

    I choose not to heat the extract and reduce it as I don’t want it to be highly concentrated. By leaving the extract as it is, the amount you put into a recipe is more controllable. Yes, maybe I’ll use 6 drops instead of 2, but I can taste it as I go along and adjust the sweetness to how I want it.

Obviously, you can adjust these to your own taste. Here’s the recipe. I hope you’ll give it a try. If you live near me and want some leaves – just let me know.H

Homemade stevia extract:

Ingredients

  • Fresh stevia leaves
  • Unflavored vodka
  • (you can vary the amount as you wish – for proportions, see the recipe).

Instructions

  1. Wash the stevia leaves
  2. Roughly tear the leaves into a couple of pieces and place them in a clean jar. I filled the jar with leaves – but they weren’t compressed down.
  3. Add enough vodka to cover the leaves. For my jar, this was about half full as the liquid compresses the leaves.
  4. Seal and shake the jar.
  5. Leave for 8-12 hours. Taste the liquid to see if it is sweet enough.
  6. Strain the liquid into a bottle and discard the leaves.
  7. Keep the bottle in the dark, or use a brown colored bottle. Having a dropper helps, as only a few drop are needed to sweeten foods.
Recipe Type: Sugar-free, gluten free, vegan, paleo, sugar substitute

Notes:

If you prefer a more concentrated extract, you can gently simmer the extract to boil off some of the alcohol.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

4 Ways To Add Holiday Cheer To Your Home With Aromatherapy

 

holiday-cheer-with-aromatherpyThe holiday season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season. There are definitely certain smells that remind us of the holidays and these holiday essential oil diffuser blends are a natural way to spread delightful aromas throughout your home. Essential oils are a safe way to bring some scented cheer to your home during the holiday season! Here’s 5 blends for your favorite method of diffusing that not only will warm your heart, but have some health benefits too!

gingerbread-aromatherapy-blend

Gingerbread is one of the sweetest smells of Christmas. This Gingerbread holiday diffuser blend will make your holiday complete with its warm and calming scent.

Gingerbread

5 Drops Ginger

4 Drops Clove

2 Drops Nutmeg

2 Drops Cinnamon

fireplace-aromatherapy-diffusor-for-healing

Holiday fireplace aromatherapy diffuser and Cozy By The Fire aromatherapy blend can be used to bring holiday cheer to your home. Cuddle up by the fire with a warm, cozy scent. Electric warmer mimics flickering flames as it releases the fragrance of your favorite Scent Plus Melt, Aroma Simmers, or Oils.

Cozy By The Fire

3 Drops of Cinnamon

2 Drops of Sweet Orange

1 Drop Clove

1 Drop Nutmeg

holiday-cheer-aromatherapy
Wish your artificial Christmas tree smelled like a fresh cut tree? Then simply hang this cool new Snowflake Bubble Aromatherapy Ornament. This festive glass ornament has an inner bubble that holds and diffuses your favorite essential oils.

Christmas Tree

6 Drop Fir

3 Drops Spruce

1 Drop Orange

2 Drops Nutmeg

christmas-tree-aromatherapy-ornamentsHow cute are these? Set of 10 wood slice tags (each is 2-2.5 inch diameter). Perfect for a gift tag or ornament. Add a few drops of Spiced Cider essential oil recipe and fill your home with cheer. Add a couple more drops of essential oil every few days as needed.

Spiced Cider

5 Drops Ginger

4 Drops Orange

1 Drop Cinnamon

Enjoy this holiday season and have a healthy and happy New Year!

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Red Clover & Soy for the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms During Breast Cancer

red-clover-for-menopausal-women-with-breast-cancerDaidzein is an isoflavone found in red clover and soy.  Because Daidzein has estrogenic properties, researchers want to know if it stimulates the growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.   So far the results have been controversial.

Researchers did a review of all research on the use of Daidzein in red clover and soy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women who also had breast cancer (1).  They wanted to know if this isoflavone could prevent menopausal symptoms and whether or not women with breast cancer were at risk in taking the natural substance.

They found 131 articles on the topic.  There seems to be no change in menopausal symptoms as found in the articles when the woman took soy or red clover.  A fortunate thing here is that it doesn’t influence any tissues that are responsive to estrogen so that women who want to consume Daidzein are not likely at risk for worsened breast cancer when drinking it as part of the diet.

CONCLUSION: Soy consumption may be associated with reduced risk of breast cancer incidence, recurrence, and mortality. Soy does not have estrogenic effects in humans. Soy intake consistent with a traditional Japanese diet appears safe for breast cancer survivors. While there is no clear evidence of harm, better evidence confirming safety is required before use of high dose (≥ 100 mg) isoflavones can be recommended for breast cancer patients.

Source:

  1. Fritz H, et al. Soy, Red Clover, and Isoflavones and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review. PLOS. Published Online: November 28, 2013.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Easy To Grow Citronella

Citronella For Breast Cancer Healing GardenMany people use chemical mosquito repellant or some sort of toxic pest spray and thinking nothing of it.  Lets use healthy alternatives in our healing garden and reduce breast cancer risk.  When we spray toxic chemicals into our environment (already laden with the same) we are also setting ourselves up for breast cancer.

Citronella Research

Citronella scent is one of the main ingredients in many insect repellents. It works by masking more desirable smells to mosquitoes, making people harder to find. There are a variety of other herbs that are considered pest control plants.Citronella in healing garden

Consider placing a Citronella on your patio, by your windows and doors. While you don’t need to plant your mosquito-deterring plants in pots, the portability that pots allow is a great asset. You can move them outside to wherever family and friends happen to be at the moment. Choose several containers and arrange different kinds of plants in them to produce not only an attractive container garden, but also a readily available, portable mosquito repellant station.

Citronella Plant (Cymbopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus)Citronella For Healing Garden

  • Citronella, a grass, is considered a weed in some areas due to its ability to take over and  more readily accepted plants are squeezed out.
  • Citronella is a strong-smelling grass and in the right place, works to help discourage mosquitoes.
  • It can grow to a height of five or six feet in the ground in warmer climates.
  • In cooler climates, the best approach is to plant it in large pots (with casters on the bottom) so it can be wheeled indoors during the cold

CitronellaPlease – do your best to get pesticides out of your environment.  If you regularly have your home and garden sprayed with insecticide, consider some alternatives, think about the fat cells in your breasts and let’s make our environment and our bodies a much cleaner, healthier place.

Source(s):offthegridnews.com

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

The Effects Of Ginger On Breast Cancer

Researchers From Saudi Arabia Studied The Effects Of Ginger On Breast Cancer

Ongoing studies prove that ginger can be easily called a miraculous plant for its amazing health benefits. Now, it is under study for its effects in breast cancer.

According to the latest research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, ginger is a favorable option in the treatment of breast carcinomas. This property is referred to as selective toxicity, and it is not present in the conventional treatment options.

The researchers have highlighted a significant issue that suggests that despite the recent advancement in the cancer treatment, breast cancer continues to be the commonest cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer deaths.  Furthermore, it is also considered that breast cancer cells can develop resistance to treatment at some point. Therefore, it is highly desirable to discover newer agents that provide the growth suppression of both ER-positive and ER-negative breast cancers without causing potential side effects.

Researchers have stated that ginger is considered a powerful anticancer compound but the molecular mechanism responsible for its anti-cancer activity are still to be discovered.  Depending on the older scientific records and considering the fact that herbal extracts are more effective than the purified components, a study was conducted to find out the effect of crude extract of ginger on the growth of cell lines of breast cancer.

Ginger is provided with the unique ability of positively regulating a variety of molecular mechanisms at the same time which include:

  • Inducing apoptosis that is the programmed death of cells
  • Up-regulating certain pro-apoptotic and anti-cancer genes such as Bax, p21, CDK inhibitor
  • Downregulating certain cancer-associated proteins and genes such as Bcl-2, NF-kb, Bcl-X, Mcl-1, CDK-4, C-Myc, hTERT, etc.

Apart from this, recent studies have also shown that there is also compound ginger called Gingerol which is found to have some anti-metastatic activities in the treatment of breast cancer.

The anti-cancer effect of ginger is not only limited to breast cancer, but its components are known to cause the inhibition of the lung cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

Ginger is considered a type of food that provides us with nutrition along with relieving the pain and disease. Nowadays it is used as a spice, food ingredient as well as in medicine by different cultures all over the world. It is suggested through modern research that ginger is associated with over hundred different health benefits.

It is believed that ginger was first originated in southern China thousands of years ago from there it is distributed to other parts of the world including Asia, West Africa, Caribbean and at the end India. India has now reached the status of the largest ginger producer. Recent evidence also suggests that Greece was also involved in the trade of ginger dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Source:

Research: Ginger Selectively Kills Breast Cancer Cells, September 9, 2015

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at

The Power of Herbal Medicine for Cancer

Naural Therapies For CancerWhat is herbal medicine?

In the modern times, herbal medicine ranks amongst the oldest methods of treatment and is yet widely available.  It is a kind of medicine that is derived exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. Herbal medicines are composed of plants or botanical sources used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. It also referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine. Using herbs for its medicinal purpose has long been recorded in history dating from ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings. Particularly, the use of herbal medicines is prevalent in Chinese practice as well as all over Asia. Herbal medicine is used to regulate the body’s ability to protect, restore and heal itself. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is the most widely used complementary therapy. It is used to help the body heal itself or reduce the side effects of medical therapies.

How does herbal medicine work?

Herbal medicine is in use since thousands of years across many cultures of the world. Herbalist tries to find the underlying cause of the illness rather than treating a single symptom. A herbalist believes that a particular illness can be treated using herbs if those herbs restore the body’s balance and perfect harmony. According to experts, good herbs activate life force and its energy. In herbal medicine “herbal synergy” is the key principle. Herbal medicine works upon the idea of ‘synergy’, that is, it makes drugs out of several plant ingredients. This theory is way too different from the modern medicine that uses a single compound to deal with a symptom or an illness. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is used to treat, what herbalist believe, the underlying energy balances that cause disorders promoting cancer in the patient’s body.

Where is herbal medicine found?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment consists of several plants, herbs, and flowers, as a whole or as an extract. Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional methods are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A BSc. or an equivalent certificate is required to become a herbalist, who holds the same diagnostic skills as a physician. The degree program includes a vast knowledge of plant medicine and orthodox medicine.  However, Herbalists take a holistic approach towards illnesses, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They can prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and many patients are referred to Herbalist by their GP for treatment. The herbal medicine comes in the form of capsules, powder, teas and extracts.

Advantage of herbal medicine with different types of cancers

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment and their derivative phytol compounds are increasingly recognized as useful complementary treatments for cancer. A large volume of clinical studies has reported the beneficial effects of herbal medicines on the survival, immune modulation, and quality of life of cancer patients when these herbal medicines are used in combination with conventional therapeutics. Herbal medicine is useful in complementing breast cancer treatment. Isoflavones, compounds found in several vegetables and plants sources has been found effective in treating breast cancer. Herbal medicine is also used to lower the risk of prostate cancer in men. Herbal extracts that contain numerous polyphenolic compounds may contribute to the lower incidence of prostate cancer in Asian males. Cancer of the lungs is one of the deadliest of its type, and the chemotherapy employed for its treatment has high mortality rates. According to recent studies, herbal medications and their phytochemical ingredients can provide an effective therapy for the treatment of lung cancer. Such plant-derived compounds cast little or no toxicity at all.  Herbs are mainly used in lung cancer to reduce therapy-associated toxicity and cancer-related symptoms and sometimes to directly increase anticancer effects. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is also used to treat liver and pancreatic cancer. They are also used as an adjuvant therapy along with conventional cancer treatment regimens.

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is employed for the treatment of several forms of cancer by introducing cytotoxic chemicals into the patient’s system. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is mainly used as an adjuvant to chemotherapy, to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce its debilitating side effects. Trails on the herbal medicine used alongside chemotherapy to treat hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer, have shown promising results. Several herbal remedies are used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and also, protect the non-cancerous cells of the body; herbal medicines are also used to elevate energy levels of cancer patients

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of radiation?

Radiotherapy involves delivering radioactive rays to the area affected by cancer. The procedure has several side effects including diarrhea, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, urinary issues such as pain and incontinence swelling,  and difficulty during swallowing.

Research on Cumin (a spice mostly used in curries for taste enhancement) revealed the fact that it contains anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties, that may together aid in protecting the skin against radiation-induced damage. Other research in animals shows that the herb Ginkgo Biloba may help shield against organ damage resulting from radiation therapy. And although Aloe Vera is often touted as a natural remedy for radiation-induced skin changes, a 2005 research review concluded that there is not enough evidence to suggest that topical aloe Vera is effective in preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions. Thus, herbal medicine for cancer treatment has several benefits.

Does herbal medicine increase the quality of life and survival rate?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment along with traditional cancer treatment methods has been shown to increase the quality of life in the patients. It is used to treat side effects of the cancer treatments and is also used to heal the body afterward. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment also increases the survival rate by not only preventing the formation of cancerous cells but also decreases the mortality caused by cancer treatments.

If you want a personalized recommendation on your case, Contact Dr. Adem for online cancer consultation.  

References:

Cancer treatments the media never talks about could save your life
Herbal medicine
20 herbs that fight cancer
Complementary and alternative medicine

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Better Than Green Tea?

Daily Antioxidant Tea Recipe For Breast CancerThis new data on the antioxidant content of thousands of foods revolutionized the way my family eats. For example, you’ve known me as a veritable green tea fanatic, not because I particularly like it, but because that’s what the science said was the best thing to drink. But that was before 283 beverages were tested. I don’t think I could even name 283 beverages. They tested everything from red bull, to crowberry liquor.

Let me pull out a few… Water has zero antioxidants, as does Red Bull. At this scale Pepsi, Coke, and cow’s milk get a 1; glass of white wine; a cup of red tea; … black tea… green tea, red wine—7 times the antioxidant power of white, but neither as good as grape juice. Here’s a shot of espresso, a cup of coffee, and matcha tea—tea made out of powdered green tea leaves, which is what I’ve been drinking.

But what is this? What beverage could be better than actually eating green tea leaves? Matcha has met its match. In terms of antioxidant power, the healthiest thing to drink on the planet earth appears to be… hibiscus tea! So like red zinger blows everything else out of the water.

Here’s my latest recipe:

  • Half gallon of water
  • 8 cups
  • 4 bags of tea in which hibiscus is the first ingredient—I like wild berry zinger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons of erythritol

Directions:

I just put it in the fridge overnight. No need to heat it; it can just cold brew. In the morning I take out the tea bags, shake it up, and drink throughout the day, every day, all day long.

And as always, extra credit, for green foam: pour a cup of the tea into a blender with a bunch of fresh mint leaves, blend on high, and then pour it back. So you have dark green leafies blended into what may be the highest antioxidant beverage in the world, and it tastes – like fruit punch. Your kids will love it!

Doctor’s Note

Note the impressive manganese content of hibiscus tea may exceed recommended limits at high intakes, though, so we probably shouldn’t drink more than those 4 tea bags a day’s worth.

The sweetener I use is erythritol, detailed in Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant.

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Check out the other videos on beverages and don’t miss all the videos on ranking foods. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context see my blog posts: Hibiscus tea: flower power, Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings, Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterolIs Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year, Treating PMS with SaffronHibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?, and Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

Photo source: TheLotusRoot.com

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

How To Make Your Own Fire Fragrance For Your Fireplace

Breast Cancer Healing Fireplace AromasDuring this winter make those warm fires even more enjoyable with herbs that you can burn in your fireplace. We have collected a variety of natural items that will give off wonderful aromas. And the best part is many of them are items you can find right in your home or grown in your backyard healing garden. Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

Benefits of natural aromas for your fireplace:

  • No chemicals that you really shouldn’t be breathing.
  • Herbal smoke purifies the air if you’re inside.
  • Herbal smoke keeps the mosquitoes away if you’re outside.
  • The smoke smells AMAZING!

Some wonderful natural items to burn in your fireplace

  1. Dry some apple and orange slices in the oven. Then burn them in your fireplace. This can make for a very sweet-smelling scent that fills the air.
  2. For a wonderful pine smell, burn pine cones in your fireplace.
  3. Try burning a cinnamon stick or two for a sweet scent.
  4. For a pleasant fragrance burn orange or lemon peels in your fireplace. The oils in the peels give off a citrus scent which is very clean, not sweet.
  5. Burn a braid of sweet grass in your fireplace. Sweet grass is a herb that is used to clear negative energy and has a wonderful sweet scent that lingers in the air.
  6. Burn dried sage in your fireplace for a more acerbic scent. Once it has burned, it clears any other odors from the air, and then a lighter scent tends to linger.
  7. Toss some rosemary in the fireplace on the outer edges of the burning wood and your space will come alive with a delightful, pine-scented aroma.
  8. Try adding essential oils such as lavender. Just put a few drops on your branches or logs, then allow it to dry and burn in your fireplace.

Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Article source: 10 DIY Fireplace fragrances,   Photo source: Homemade Scented Pine Cones

How Ginger Helps Fight and Protect Against Breast Cancer

How Ginger Helps Fight and Protect AgainstBreast CancerGinger and Breast Cancer

A recent study performed by researchers in the Biological Sciences Department, Faculty of Sciences at the King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia suggests that the crude extract obtained from ginger plants (also known as Zingiber officinale), causes the inhibition of cellular proliferation in breast cancer without causing any harm to the normal cells.

According to the latest research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, ginger is a favorable option in the treatment of breast carcinomas. This property is referred to as selective toxicity, and it is not present in the conventional treatment options.

The researchers have highlighted a significant issue that suggests that despite the recent advancement in the cancer treatment, breast cancer continues to be the commonest cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer deaths. Furthermore, it is also considered that breast cancer cells can develop resistance to treatment at some point. Therefore, it is highly desirable to discover newer agents that provide the growth suppression of both ER-positive and ER-negative breast cancers without causing potential side effects.

Researchers have stated that ginger is considered a powerful anticancer compound but the molecular mechanism responsible for its anti-cancer activity are still to be discovered. Depending on the older scientific records and considering the fact that herbal extracts are more effective than the purified components, a study was conducted to find out the effect of crude extract of ginger on the growth of cell lines of breast cancer.

Ginger is provided with the unique ability of positively regulating a variety of molecular mechanisms at the same time which include:

  • Inducing apoptosis that is the programmed death of cells
  • Up-regulating certain pro-apoptotic and anti-cancer genes such as Bax, p21, CDK inhibitor
  • Downregulating certain cancer-associated proteins and genes such as Bcl-2, NF-kb, Bcl-X, Mcl-1, CDK-4, C-Myc, hTERT, etc.

Apart from this, recent studies have also shown that there is also compound ginger called Gingerol which is found to have some anti-metastatic activities in the treatment of breast cancer.

The anti-cancer effect of ginger is not only limited to breast cancer, but its components are known to cause the inhibition of the lung cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

Ginger is considered a type of food that provides us with nutrition along with relieving the pain and disease. Nowadays it is used as a spice, food ingredient as well as in medicine by different cultures all over the world. It is suggested through modern research that ginger is associated with over hundred different health benefits.

It is believed that ginger was first originated in southern China thousands of years ago from there it is distributed to other parts of the world including Asia, West Africa, Caribbean and at the end India. India has now reached the status of the largest ginger producer. Recent evidence also suggests that Greece was also involved in the trade of ginger dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Source:
Research: Ginger Selectively Kills Breast Cancer Cells, September 9, 2015
Photo Source: 7 Benefits of Juicing Ginger

Dr. Adem GunesDr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

How Is Honey Effective In Breast Cancer Treatment?

Honey is effective in breast cancer treatmentsHoney As A Breast Cancer Treatment

The treatment for breast cancer produces a disastrous effect on the quality of life. Nowadays, two bee products have been discovered to significantly lower the common effects of breast cancer.

The issue of breast cancer overdiagnosis
According to an estimate around thousands of women each year are overdiagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 1.3 million of women are misdiagnosed with breast cancer over the past 30 years.[1]What happens is they are told that they have breast cancer despite actually having a benign lesion, for example Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) which usually never causes any symptom or harm.

In most cases, overdiagnosis of breast cancer ends up with unnecessary treatments such as Mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. In the last three decades, it was found that approx. 1.3million women in the U.S. were misdiagnosed and treated for breast cancer when all they had was a benign lesion. After treatment, most of the breast cancer survivors are given drug therapy for hormone suppression such as Arimidex and Tamoxifen.

Integrative medical approaches including honey and bee pollen
According to a study published in Molecular And Clinical Oncology, it is suggested that bee pollen and honey offer palliative support to overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. Side effects in breast cancer patients can include hot flushes and menopausal symptoms.

A new study is conducted to check whether bee pollen helps in the reduction of menopausal-like symptoms caused by chemical suppression of the hormone such as estrogen.

A recent trial also showed that bee pollen extracts decrease the number of hot flashes episodes and result in a better quality of life in menopausal women. In the study, pollen–honey mixture was compared with honey (placebo) for effects in breast cancer patients receiving Anti-hormonal therapy. Surprisingly, researchers have concluded that honey is as effective as pollen in reducing the symptoms of the patients.

In the study, the authors have proposed that honey has the ability to raise the estrogen levels in patients. Hormone-suppressing agents are based on the unsophisticated idea that estrogen is a carcinogen. But in reality estrogen is found to have a preventive or therapeutic effect in breast cancer or other hormone-sensitive cancers.

Conclusion
It is suggested that honey is a natural compound with estrogenic properties that are helpful in lowering the side-effects of suppressive hormone medications due to which it is used in the treatment of breast cancer. Additionally, honey is also found to have anti-cancer properties that favour its use in the actual cancer treatment apart from palliation.

Source: Should Honey Be Considered A Breast Cancer RX?, July 27 2015

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Dr. Adem GunesDr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

 

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