When you think of inflammation-related diseases, arthritis is probably the main one that comes to mind.
But chronic inflammation also causes a less obvious—and life-threatening—disease. I’m talking about cancer.
The good news is research shows that five herbal remedies have cancer-preventing potential thanks to their anti-inflammatory power. So today, I’ll tell you what these five powerful herbs are and how you can add them to your daily routine—starting immediately…
The five anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting powerhouses
Turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory botanicals. In fact, in one study, researchers found curcumin (the active component of turmeric) to be as effective at reducing inflammation as all of these pharmaceuticals:
- Cox-2 inhibitors
- Tamoxifen (a breast cancer drug)
Turmeric has anti-viral properties too, and has also been shown to enhance the function of glutathione—a “super antioxidant” and an indispensable player in your immune system.
And as Dr. Micozzi points out, turmeric has many anti-cancer effects. “In fact,” he says, “this golden-yellow spice fights cancer cells as effectively as a dozen different cancer drugs. It works particularly well against breast and colon cancer, and melanoma.”
Dr. Micozzi suggests adding turmeric as a seasoning in soups, salads, meat, and vegetable dishes. In supplement form, he recommends 400 mg daily.
Parsley is very effective in helping to prevent the oxidative stress that plays a role in cancer and so many other health issues.
The key to parsley’s anti-cancer power is quercetin, a plant pigment that can actually inhibit the growth of cancer cells. And Dr. Micozzi adds, “You can add a handful of chopped parsley to virtually any dish. And when it appears as a garnish on your plate at a restaurant—eat it!”
Dandelion is a powerful cancer-fighting anti-inflammatory. Others might consider it a pesky weed, but Dr. Micozzi has sung the praises of dandelions for many years. And he’s not alone. This botanical has been used for centuries in traditional folk medicine to support liver health and detoxify the blood.
In our modern era, research into dandelion shows that it disrupts angiogenesis—the formation of tiny blood vessels that nourish cancer tumors.
Dr. Micozzi admits that dandelion leaves are a bit bitter, but in his view, they add a tasty zing to a tossed salad. He likes to add them to salads or side dishes that include other anti-cancer foods such as broccoli, lemon, black pepper, olive oil, and raw pumpkin seeds.
The stem and roots of dandelion are edible too, and packed with nutrients, including:
- Vitamins A, C, and K
Every spring, dandelions grow wild and free for the picking, but you can sometimes find them in specialty shops and farmers’ markets. In addition, you can find dandelion supplements that combine the root, leaf, and flower. Dr. Micozzi recommends 400 mg per day for both cancer prevention and treatment.
Echinacea is one of the anti-cancer herbals that Dr. Micozzi likes to combine with dandelions because together they can boost the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatments while also helping reduce the severe side effects of conventional treatments.
If you’re familiar with echinacea, you probably know it to be a popular herbal remedy for reducing the severity and duration of seasonal colds and influenza. But as Dr. Micozzi notes, that’s just the start of echinacea’s benefits.
This “purple coneflower,” as it’s also known, helps your body heal from the debilitating metabolic effects of cancer. And it can even help relieve anxiety and fatigue—two benefits that any cancer patient can appreciate.
Dr. Micozzi notes that there’s no standard recommendation for echinacea dosage. That’s partly because it’s usually brewed as a tea or herbal infusion. But when this unique herb is formulated as a supplement, he recommends 450 mg daily.
Ginger root is another potent anti-inflammatory that’s been found to curb cancer. In addition, Dr. Micozzi points out that it aids digestion, so it can be helpful in suppressing nausea and vomiting prompted by chemotherapy.
Dr. Micozzi says, “You can make fresh ginger root tea with lemon, honey (a healthy natural food that also reduces cancer cell proliferation), and other ingredients, all steeped in hot water.”
If you opt for ginger root in supplement form, he recommends 10 grams per day.