Cancer Preventing Smoothies
(AAI Smoothie Healing and Optimizing)
Cancer preventing smoothies are all the rave now. Why? First of all, if you know anyone that has been stricken by cancer and saw what they needed to go through in order to combat the illness, you need no further explanation. Beyond that point is the fact that the immune system is the key component to beating cancer or, more importantly, keeping it out of your body in the first place. This section of our immune boosting smoothies series is dedicated to the most elusive, misunderstood and, sadly, the number one life-taking illness to affect us here in this country. Discussing preventing smoothies is important, not as an alternative to any program your doctor may have you on but, as an add-on or preventative form of ensuring your future best health. (Always consult your doctor before changing or adding to any regimen you’re currently on or wish to start)
Our immune system is what fights off all diseases. It also prevents them. The stronger our immune function, the better resistance we have to all diseases, including “the big C”.
* Click here to read the initial portion of this immune boosting smoothie series where we discuss the immune system and its many components and possible issues.
Cancer manifests when mutated cells reproduce frenziedly, forming malignant (life-threatening) tumors that can assault and eventually take over other parts of the body. There are considerably over 100 types of cancer. More impressive is the idea that the disease can appear in practically any part of the body.
The risk of developing cancer depends on both on genetics and our surrounding environment. Having a family history of the disease, smoking, being exposed to radiation, any eating a poor diet all increase a person’s risk. However much evidence suggests that eating natural, highly nutritious foods can swing even the most at risk individuals back to the other side of the spectrum. That is where our smart cancer preventing smoothies come into play.
Best Nutriment for Warding Off Cancer
The below foods are potent in their ability to restore and maximize the function of the immune system. They don’t only have to be consumed as part of your cancer preventing smoothies. Individually, they carry the compounds you need to constantly keep your body on the defense; at your defense. You can mix and match the ingredients and different foods and come up with your own powerful cancer-preventing smoothies.
- Pineapple stem
We all know that bromelain is incredibly effective at combating inflammation and that it’s a strong anticoagulant. Most importantly, it’s truly effective at naturally boosting the immune system and, moreover, specifically at combating cancer cells. An article in the journal Planta Medica, published in 2007, denoted a study that showed that bromelain was superior to the chemo-agent 5-fluorouracil in treating cancer in animal subjects.
- Apples, all berries, broccoli, cauliflower, citrus
All of the above are excellent sources of flavonoids: powerful antioxidants that may prevent the DNA damage associated with free radicals. Flavonoids also boost absorption of vitamin C, another antioxidant that is particularly important in the immune system function.
BlackBerries, in particular, have one of the highest flavonoid levels of any food in the world. However, all of these fruits and vegetables are valuable sources of the nutrient.
- Ripe bananas
The fact is the riper the banana, the better it’s cancer-fighting quality. Japanese researchers have proven that ripe bananas have hugely strong anti-cancer properties. The dark spots that begin to appear on a ripe banana produce a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that, under microscopic detection, destroys cancerous tumors. As the banana ripens, its antioxidant level increases, further strengthening the immune system and increasing white blood cell counts. In fact, ripe bananas are eight times as effective as their younger, green constituents when it comes to maximizing the cancer-fighting potential of white blood cells.
- Kale, turnip greens, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Zucchini
All of the above are excellent sources of lutein: a carotenoid nutrient known for its powerful antioxidant power. Lutein is fat-soluble, so it is best absorbed when eaten with foods high in monounsaturated dietary fats like nuts or avocado. Also, cooking reduces the antioxidant power of lutein so it is important to eat these foods as close to their raw, natural state as possible.
Kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and spinach are also high in folate, a B vitamin link to the prevention of tumors in the female reproductive system. Low folate intake is also associated with a higher colorectal cancer risk.
- Barley, Crimini mushrooms, Brazil nuts, brown rice
These foods are all a good source of selenium, a mineral found to significantly reduce the risk of developing lung, prostate and colorectal cancers.
A new study uncovers the incredible fact that ginger contains a pungent mixture that could be up to 10,000x more effective than straight chemotherapy in targeting the cancer cells at the root of cancer malignancy.
Ladies: A new study published in PLoS reveals a piquant component inside ginger is known as 6-sho gaol is superior to conventional chemotherapy in targeting the root cause of breast cancer malignancy: the breast cancer stem cells.
- Green tea
Long celebrated for its antioxidant powers, green tea contains catechins: a powerful flavonoid that has been specifically linked to cancer prevention.
Yet another medicinal miracle by nature; cloves have been shown to stop the regeneration and activity of cancer cells in breast cancer, ovarian cancer, liver cancer and even in colon cancer cells.
- Coconuts, coconut oil, avocado, cold water fish
All of these foods are high in healthy fats and Omega 3’s. Omega 3’s are extremely beneficial in the fight against cancer.
TIP I: Salads need oil to increase the absorption of vitamins and phytochemicals. Coconut oil will do that plus add to your Omega 3 intake.
TIP II: Fry some coconut shavings in coconut oil and serve all of it over lightly steamed asparagus (asparagus becomes more potent with light steaming. Do not eat it raw).
- Hemp Oil, Hemp seeds
Harvard has found that THC and other compounds in cannabis cut cancerous tumor growth rates in half.
The immune system is the main component that must be kept strong and healthy to both fight cancer and, most importantly keeps it at bay. A lot of research has proven that low levels of testosterone can reek havoc on the immune system and exhaust the body in its attempt to fuel it. Low levels of testosterone have been scientifically proven to be directly correlated to depleted immune systems and diseases more commonly associated with aging; cancer is one of them. Testosterone therapy can significantly enhance your immune system by its biological responses in addition to the psychological reawakening that takes place when testosterone levels are brought back to healthy numbers. Elevating your testosterone to where they should give you the vigor and wherewithal to desire working out and push that extra bit. We can help you to better understand testosterone and what testosterone therapy can do for you specifically, as an individual. Call us to see if you qualify for testosterone injections therapy. If you’d rather first know what your testosterone levels are before you go full fledge with all the required blood panels, we can assist you with only testing your testosterone. By knowing your current low testosterone levels you can better decide if you want to go the route of testosterone injections therapy or if you want to do something different.
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AAI’s Cancer Preventing Smoothies