These spices listed below are a favorite addition to many dishes because they can enhance flavor and make even simple cooking really appetizing and savory. But aside from making your meals a lot more exciting, these 5 spices also fight cancer.
Read through this list of spices that fight cancer and learn how your favorite dish enhancer can also lower your risk of having cancer.
This flavoring agent can definitely add a new depth of flavor to sauces, dips and stir fries. As a cancer fighting spice, garlic has the ability to block the formation and stop the activation of cancer-causing substances. You know the pungent odor that emanate from the garlic? That is called by the allyl sulfides in the bulb which are the same compounds that control cancer-fighting processes. Garlic has been found in many studies to lower the risk of developing cancers including prostate cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer.
Garlic is also an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and promotes iron metabolism.
The gingerol compound in ginger which gives the spice its flavor is also responsible in slowing down the growth and even promoting the death of cancer cells.
This aromatic cancer fighting spice also has other benefits aside from being a very good cancer-fighting spice; it also cures digestive upset and boosts immunity. Add grated ginger to your stir fried food, smoothie or baked goods. You can also chop it up and steep it with hot tea.
Cinnamon is a natural food preservative and it is a great source of calcium and iron. As a cancer fighting spice, it blocks the formation of new vessels in the human body thus reducing the growth of tumors. In order to prevent cancer using this spice, all you need is just half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day.
There are many ways you can use cinnamon daily including:
- Adding it to your coffee or tea for a more aromatic beverage
- Sprinkle some to your oatmeal
- Add to your glass of milk before going to bed, you can also add a bit of honey
- Add to chopped apples with a few walnuts for a cancer-fighting healthy snack
Cinnamon also protects against Type 2 diabetes; lowers blood glucose, triglyceride levels and cholesterol; improves blood circulation; counteracts congestion and it may also be useful in treating osteoarthritis.
It is safe to say that this yellow spice is the king of all cancer-fighting spices. It has lately been found by researchers that turmeric contains a powerful substance called polyphenol Curcumin. This substance has been clinically proven to halt the growth of cancer cells that cause breast cancer, prostate cancer, brain tumor, melanoma, leukemia, and pancreatic cancer. The curcumin substance fights cancer by ‘programming’ cancer cells to die. This process is called ‘Apoptosis’ and it safely gets rid of cancer breeding cells without stopping the development of healthy cells. Conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy kill surrounding healthy cells, not only the cancer causing ones.
Aside from being a powerful cancer fighting spice, turmeric also has many other benefits including the prevention of Alzheimer’s, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and heals skin problems.
5. CAYENNE PEPPER
This cancer fighting spice contains capsaicin which is another cancer preventative. Sprinkling a little cayenne powder to everyday foods is enough to enjoy the benefits this spice offers. Cayenne pepper is also rich in antioxidants, beta carotene and immune boosters. It helps build healthy mucous membrane tissues which lowers our susceptibility to disease-causing viruses and bacteria.