It’s time to spice up your life; spices have been found to contain numerous health benefits including cancer fighting properties. They have the ability to inhibit carcinogenic bio-activation, reduce the harmful effects of free radicals, slow cancer cell division, encourage apoptosis (cell suicide), regulate inflammation and so much more.
These peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that encourages apoptosis (cell suicide) therefore they destroy cancer cells. They even help reduce leukaemia tumour cells. If you can handle it, go as hot as you dare! Hadanero peppers have 5 times more Capsaicin, we suggest a few jugs of ice cold water to accompany them since they a heat score of 200,000 on the Scoville scale, now that’s hot.
Just ½ a teaspoon can provide your body with cancer fighting agents. Cinnamon contains iron and calcium which reduce tumour growth and inhibit angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels from pre existing vessels, which feed the cancer cells/tumour with nutrient rich blood).
A strong antioxidant that contains Thymoquinone, which aids the prevention of angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels from pre existing ones). The new blood vessels feed the cancer cells with oxygen rich blood, as Thymoquinone prevents this process cancer cell/tumour growth is restricted.
Fennel is another antioxidant containing phyto-nutrients to fight cancer. In particular Anethole restrains the invasive activities of cancer cells and suppresses enzymatic regulated activities that lead to cell multiplication.
High in vitamin A and C ginger is a great immunity booster, preparing the body to fight any disease or illness. Recently researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found Ginger was effective in treating ovarian cancer by inducing apoptosis (cell suicide) or autophagy (cells digest themselves). Additionally ginger can reduce cholesterol levels and raise metabolic rates.
This spice contains anti-microbial compounds and the phyto-chemical ‘Quercetin’, which restricts the growth of malignant cells. Oregano is especially good at fighting prostate cancer.
The carotenoid dicarboxylic acid Crocetin in saffron is able to inhibit the progression and spread of cancer as well as actually decrease the size of the tumour.
The yellow hue of turmeric comes from the polyphenol Curcumin, another powerful antioxidant. Curcumin has to the power to slow the growth of cancer cells that attribute to numerous cancers, including: prostate, breast, skin, pancreatic and brain tumours. The compound promotes apoptosis (cell suicide), though only cancer cells die, healthy cells are thankfully not affected.
There are many more spices that boast health benefits, so experiment find the flavours you enjoy eating, and next time you make a meal add some exotic flavour to spice up your life.