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Breast Cancer Tips: What Are the Best Herbs to Prevent and Heal Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer has to be treated carefully. The main treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, target therapy, and immunotherapy under the strict supervision of a team of doctors at the hospital.

Even so, some natural ingredients and certain herbal medicines are believed to help relieve the symptoms of breast cancer and the side effects of treatment. Combining natural treatments is believed to help maintain endurance and stamina during the main treatment.

The following are various breast cancer tips using some natural herbs that have the potential to have been medically investigated for the treatment of breast cancer.

 1. Echinacea

Echinacea is a plant of the Asteraceae family. Research published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal says the Echinacea purpurea plant has the potential to help treat cancer.

Echinacea contains flavonoids which are antioxidants. Flavonoids are compounds that can stimulate the immune system. Flavonoids can also increase lymphocyte activity, which is part of white blood cells to increase the immune system.

These antioxidant compounds are also thought to strongly reduce the harmful side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Therefore, this herbal remedy is thought to help improve the quality of life of patients while undergoing advanced cancer therapy.

2. Garlic

Garlic which has the Latin name Allium sativum is often used to treat many diseases. Related to its potential for the treatment of breast cancer, garlic contains a substance called ajoene which is known to temporarily inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Besides, garlic also contains antioxidant compounds such as bioflavonoids, cyanidin, and quercetin which are known to be able to ward off free radicals in the body. One negative effect of the free buildup itself is genetic mutations that can trigger cancer. The high amount of organic sulfides and polysulfides in garlic also allegedly increases its potential as an anti-cancer herbal medicine.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric or Latin Curcuma Longa is one of the herbal medicines that can be consumed during breast cancer treatment. Turmeric and rhizomes and rootstock are especially rich in curcumin, the active ingredient that is thought to be anticancer due to its phenolic substance.

Besides, curcumin converts eicosanoid compounds such as prostaglandin E-2 (PGE-2) in the body into antioxidant compounds and anti-inflammatory substances. Curcumin is known to be able to inhibit the growth phase of cancer from initial formation to division.

4. Carotenoids

Carotenoids are bright red, yellow, and orange pigments found in many fruits and vegetables. According to research, Carotenoids contain important antioxidants to help kill the effects of free radicals and protect the body from the damage they cause.

Carotenoids also have anti-inflammatory properties as well as strengthen the immune system to be able to continue to actively fight disease. Besides, foods containing carotenoids are thought to reduce the risk of tumor growth in the body. Based on this nature, carotenoids are believed to be one of the herbal medicines that help fight breast cancer.

Eat fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids such as carrots, oranges, spinach to help strengthen stamina and endurance during breast cancer treatment. Broccoli, guava, mango, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and watermelon are also high-carotenoid foods.

5. Green tea

Green tea leaves, also known as Camellia sinensis, are rich in polyphenols. The polyphenols found in green tea are epigallocatechin (EGGG), which are antitumor and anti-mutagenic. A study shows the fact that polyphenols in green tea can limit the division of cancer cells and trigger cell damage. Even so, this research is still limited to animal studies.

Green tea also contains another antioxidant compound called catechin. Catechins inhibit the spread and division of tumor cells. In other words, catechins can reduce the risk of tumor growth in other areas of the body besides the breast.

Green tea can also reduce the effects of radiation that harm the body. All these benefits are obtained from antioxidant compounds contained in green tea. However, further research is needed specifically to see the benefits of green tea for the treatment of breast cancer.

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