On Monday, I showed you how researchers are now looking at probiotics as a highly effective, natural, oral vaccine against cancer. Now there's a plant that can help probiotics in the battle against cancer. This plant has an amazing cancer-fighting ability that you won't find in other natural products. And it has the added benefits of stimulating good digestion, relieving depression, and fighting bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections.
The plant is called graviola (or Soursop). The leaves, stem, bark, and fruit of this evergreen tree contain a unique mix of chemicals called Annonaceous acetogenins. And three separate research teams found these chemicals have powerful anti-tumor properties. What's more, these chemicals have selective toxicity against cancer cells. That means they fight cancer without harming healthy cells. And, to top it all off, they can do so at very low doses.
The first study came in 1976 during a plant-screening program by the National Cancer Institute. In this study, the researchers found that graviola leaves and stems showed toxicity against cancer cells. They did in vitro tests to determine what types of cancer the specific acetogenins would fight. They found that it was toxic to lung carcinoma, human breast, prostate adenocarcinoma, pancreatic carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, liver cancer cell lines, human lymphoma, and MDR human breast adenocarcinoma. That's pretty impressive.
The second study came out of Purdue University in 1997. These researchers found something spectacular about the chemicals in graviola. They found that not only does graviola kill tumors that are resistant to anti-cancer agents, but they seem to have an affinity for such resistant cells. That means the chemicals in graviola are particularly effective at killing cancer cells with multi-drug resistance (MDR). The researchers found that the graviola chemicals destroyed MDR cells by blocking the transfer of ATP into these cells. ATP is the chief source of cellular energy. The transfer keeps these cells alive. By blocking the transfer, it destroys the cancer cells.
Then researchers in a third study out of Taiwan in 2003 wanted to find out if graviola was effective against other types of cancer than those mentioned above. They found that graviola had a broad spectrum of effectiveness. They discovered that it can fight ovarian, cervical, breast, bladder, and skin cancer — all at very low dosages.
Graviola is widely available on the internet and at most health food stores. Follow the dosage instructions on the bottle for prevention (usually 3,000-4,000 mg daily). Talk to your doctor before using larger doses to fight tumors.
It's important that you take probiotics with graviola, especially if you take it for long periods of time. There is some concern that the herb's antibacterial effects might deplete the good bacteria in your gut. While there isn't any clear evidence that this happens, it's a good idea to take the probiotics anyway. Not only will they help your gut stay balanced, but they will help fight the cancer as well.
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