November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and at Cancer Center For Healing, we want to make sure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools to prevent and fight cancers.
EGCG, or Epigallocatechin gallate, is a natural compound produced by plants to defend themselves against pathogens and insects. Found in green tea, EGCG can be a powerful tool to defend against cancer in humans.
Researchers are linking EGCG to cancer cell death, tumor cell death, slowing blood vessel growth in tumors, and many more processes. EGCG is also linked to improving metabolism and helping burn body fat– by nearly four times faster!??
So much evidence surrounds and supports green tea to fight and prevent lung cancer. Harvard has found “an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.” BBC News reported a study and quoted medical experts, “drinking green tea may offer some protection against lung cancer.”
If you don’t have green tea on hand, Dr. Connealy also recommends drinking turmeric and ginger teas in her book, The Cancer Revolution.
“Turmeric and ginger tea are also great for reducing inflammation and contain powerful antioxidants. Ginger, in fact, is a stronger antioxidant than Vitamin E! All of these teas can help stimulate apoptosis (cancer cell death) and are thought to inhibit angiogenesis (the creation of new tumor cells). Ginger also helps combat nausea and vomiting, two common side effects of chemotherapy.”
With the holidays around the corner, come work potlucks and family dinners. Remind yourself that eating well is a form of self-respect. Many times, we often search for the best options—the best health care, the best car, and even the best toothbrush! As a cancer patient, it’s time to start looking at food the same way and think, “Which one will do the best for my health? Which one will take care of my body?”
When you are ill, you can’t compromise your diet. All your choices matter.