Natural Spice Keeps Liver Cancer at Bay
Is there an all-natural way to slow the progress of liver cancer? Or one that can even prevent it altogether? Emerging research suggests that there is.
The news comes from Dr. Amr Amin. He’s a lead researcher at the United Arab Emirates University and has also conducted ground-breaking cancer research for both the universities of Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Now his latest research gives hope that there’s an effective solution that can prevent liver cancer. He’s discovered that one all-natural solution not only stops the spread of liver cancer…but also prevents it. And the best part…it can be found at your local grocery store.
He’s just published his findings in the September issue of Hepatology.
Other scientists have had the chance to review them…and believe they offer real hope.
Dr. Tapas Saha is one such scientist. He’s a molecular biologist at Georgetown University…and has been honored by England’s prestigious University of Cambridge for his work on the subject. He’s seen the research…and is praising Dr. Amin’s work.
“This is extensive work and the quality is very good,” says Dr. Saha. He’s convinced that the results aren’t just meticulous…but offer liver cancer patients real hope.
So what is this all-natural solution? Stay with us as we review the findings…tell you what it is…and how you can get it.
The Spice of Life
Liver cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. It has a low survival rate and causes 650,000 deaths each year.
That’s why Dr. Amin and his team decided they had to find a way to combat it.
“With limited treatment options, approaches that prevent cancer development are among the best strategies to protect against the disease,” says Dr. Amin.
Dr. Amin and his team put a vibrant-colored spice to the test. They conducted a 24-week study using lab rats. A specific spice was put in the rats’ food in varying amounts: 75 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg.
The rats were pretreated with the spice for two weeks. Then injected with diethylnitrosamin (DEN)…which is induced liver cancer. The DEN injection created lesions mimicking tumors in humans.
Following the DEN injection the spice regimen continued for 22 more weeks.
Dr. Amin says the results were startling. The spice significantly reduced the number of tumors and liver masses in the rats.
The rats given the highest dose of spice – 300 mg – showed absolutely no signs of liver nodules or cancerous growths. In fact, liver enlargement and the increase of liver enzymes were reduced.
And even more…evidence showed that the spice turned on programmed cell death in cancerous cells…a fail-safe system that often shuts down from cancer.
“Our findings suggest that (this spice) proves an anticancer protective effect,” says Dr. Amin. It does this “by promoting cell death, inhibiting proliferation of cancerous cells and blocking inflammation.”
Simply put…the spice blocked cancer cells from spreading.
And Dr. Amin’s work is just the latest to show the life-saving potential of this spice.
Other studies have also proven its cancer-fighting abilities.
Researchers from King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia conducted a similar study. It ended with the same encouraging results. The spice minimized toxins found in the liver.
Put a Dash of Spice in Your Life
So what is the spice? It’s called saffron.
Saffron is a naturally derived plant product from the Iris family. It must be hand-picked and dried. Three acres of the flower only produces one pound of saffron.
It is best known for its seasoning and color properties because it adds a yellowish hue to foods. And it’s becoming more and more popular for its antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory traits.
“In the fight against cancer there has been much interest in chemo-preventive properties of natural herbs and plants,” says Dr. Amin.
And he believes saffron is a leader amongst herbs.
It’s actually not new to the medical world. The spice has been used as a remedy for centuries. But it’s only in recent years that its benefits have been tested in labs.
So how do you get saffron into your diet?
You can find saffron at any grocery store as well as saffron supplements. The supplements are sold to help elevate mood and relieve stress. We previously reported on how saffron can reduce depression by 25 percent. You can read that article here.
The doctor recommended dose is 30 mg once or twice a day. But you can simply add a little of the spice to your favorite dish.
Dr. Amin and his team’s next step is to test saffron in actual liver cancer patients.
Research is already underway. As always, NHD will continue to follow Dr. Amin’s work, and keep you posted on the latest in the fight against liver cancer.
To your best health,
Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”