Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and According to the World Health Organization, it accounted for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020. While it can be treated if detected at an early stage, there are very few chances of survival if the disease is discovered in the last stage. But we all know that prevention is better than cure and there are some herbs that can significantly reduce the risk of cancer. Also, epidemiological studies have consistently demonstrated that out dietary habits are one of the most important predictors of chronic diseases. This includes several types of cancer.
This is why diet and foods that we eat have a direct impact on health and disease. According to biochemical and epidemiological evidence, humans have evolved a sophisticated and cooperative system of antioxidant defence mechanisms through nutrition. It has also been suggested that increase in antioxidant intake through nutrition may significantly reduce the risk of cancer. Let’s have a look at some herbs suggested by the experts that are helpful in the prevention of cancer cells.
Graviola (Annona muricata): Annona Muricata, which is also called Graviola, contains hundreds of acetogenins that have the ability to kill different types of cancer cells. However, it has some side effects such as low blood pressure and low sugar levels. In worst scenarios, it can even damage nerves.
Catharanthus Rosea: It is also known as the miracle plant or Madagascar Periwinkle. This is the most medicinally valuable plant species and is used worldwide in traditional medicine. It is also well known for producing the anti-cancer drugs vincristine and vinblastine.
Podophyllum: Its Ayurvedic name is Vanyakarkati. The rootstock of this herb has the properties to prevent cancer. Two podophyllotoxin derivatives, etoposide, and teniposide are used in cancer treatment.