Role of Turmeric in the Treatment of Cancer
Biological name : Curcuma longa
Turmeric is an integral part of the Indian cooking and diet. The turmeric extract is helpful in reducing the clinical symptoms and in preventing the progression of oral cancer in the patients. When 500 mg of turmeric extract is given to patients with oral cancer thrice a day for 15 days, the burning sensation in the mouth and other clinical symptoms got reduced. This extract is well tolerated without any side effects on kidney and liver and there will be no loss of appetite.
The extract was equally effective in three years old oral cancer lesions, which is submucous fibrosis, in which the mouth opening gets highly contracted and the colour and texture of skin in the mouth changes. In oral lenkoplakia, white patches develop in the mouth. In oral lichen planus, mouth becomes sensitive to hot and cold substances. The oral submucous fibrosis is most common in India and occurs in people who are pan masala chewers. Oral lenkoplakia is common in betel quid chewers.
Importance of Mustard in the Treatment of Cancer
Biological name : Brassica compestris
Mustard is used as a spice, flavouring agent and also as a source of edible oil which has anti-cancerous properties.The protective enzymes in the mustard deactivates the cancer causing substances. They also increase the tissue levels of protective enzymes in the body by acting as an anti-oxidant. These stimulate the levels of gluthione-s-transferases, GST is a group of enzymes which helps to detoxify the harmful agents. All plants belonging to this family cruciferae, have anti-cancerous potential.
Role of Cabbage, Cauliflower and Broccoli in the Treatment of Cancer
Biological names: Cabbage – Brassica oleracea Cauliflower – Brassica botrytis Broccoli – Brassica cauloropa
These plants belongs to the family Cruciferae and are found to be effective in deactivating the harmful effects of the food toxins. The plants of this family contains benzyl isothiocyanate, which inhibits the carcinogenesis.
They also contains indoles, a chemical which activates the microsomal mixed function oxidase activity to the point of detoxification of carcinogenic compounds. Those people who smoke need to take large amount of vegetables to excrete cancer causing tobacco chemicals from the body. Cruciferous vegetables are good source of anti-carcinogens.