Last month, writer Suzy Cohen wrote an insightful article: 3 herbal supplements with anti-cancer properties. It’s based on a question about pancreatic cancer, but I believe the tips have a much broader application. Here’s an excerpt:
There’s a protein in your body called mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) that plays a vital role in how each cell thrives, divides, or dies. When this protein and associated metabolic pathway is turned on too high, it promotes cancer spreading.
If we interfere with the mTOR pathway, it helps stop the formation of new blood vessels which feed the tumor. These mTOR “inhibitors” help people with pancreatic cancer and possibly induce remission, at least for awhile. This was shown in February 2011, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, entitled, “mTOR Inhibitor Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer in a Patient with PJS.” The scientists used a drug called everolimus (Afinitor). Other mTOR inhere anything I hibitors available today include Certican and Torisel.
There are natural compounds which are known to interfere with mTOR, but to a lesser extent compared to these cancer drugs. Resveratrol is one of them as reported in The Journal of Biological Chemistry (Nov. 19, 2010). The scientists knew going into the study that resveratrol was a powerful herbal with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and nerve-protecting effects on the body.
Guess what other herb reduces mTOR activity? Curcumin, one of the active compounds in turmeric spice, is popular in Indian cuisine. Many studies prove curcumin slows down the growth of different types of cancer. Curcumin may be helpful for pancreatitis because it reduces inflammation in the pancreas and reduces inflammatory pain-causing chemicals.
Saffron also is amazing. This gorgeous flower is available as a spice and in supplement form. Saffron supplements seem to help reduce chemotherapy-induced cell damage (damage to the DNA)…
Here’s the link to the rest of this Newsday.com article:
Resveratrol, curcumin and saffron. Worth looking into. But please be careful if you are–or will soon be–undergoing chemotherapy.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat