Finding natural remedies for cancer, the top recommended supplements to take and what to avoid when you have cancer or any chronic illness can be a very confusing and time-consuming task. The supplement business is a multi-billion dollar industry and the market is flooded with ineffective and even toxic, harmful products. This can be due to cost-cutting, profit maximizing or simply lack of knowledge. At the same time, it isn’t in the best interests of the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry to fund expensive research and clinical trials for relatively cheaply obtained vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural remedies for cancer.
Then there are many promoting natural remedies for cancer and not-so-natural remedies as dubious ‘miracle cures’. These may have ‘worked’ for a lucky few of the thousands taking them, though the cause of the improvement or spontaneous remission could have been something else entirely, or a combination of factors including the placebo effect. I will avoid naming and criticizing any of these controversial natural remedies for cancer here and stick to a list of what I consider, well-supported and researched nutrients and herbs.
I do not advocate taking a huge number of herbs and supplements — that would only confuse and overwhelm the body and potentially do more harm than good. Having said that, the list below is fairly long and I don’t suggest taking everything on the list at once, but choose what resonates with you. Aim to get as much as you can from a healthy, well-rounded diet, preferably a largely or purely plant-based diet including a rainbow of colours of preferably organic vegetables and fruits. See which produce you should definitely aim to get as organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are relatively safe to eat here: The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen
Nevertheless, there are a few important nutrients and herbs that help promote optimal functioning of the body systems, but are difficult to obtain in sufficient quantity from the food you eat, plus some that contain proven cancer-fighting or cancer-correcting compounds.
It is important to note that you should never rely on supplements alone in your healing regime. They are only one piece of the whole picture, which should also include good sleep habits, regular exercise, a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, tobacco, sugar, artificial additives and so on, cultivating good relationships, relaxation / yoga / meditation or prayer, proper full breathing and so on.
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Recommended Supplements — Natural Remedies for Cancer
For most of these supplements it is important that you choose the correct form and good quality, otherwise it could be useless or even harmful. In trying to get a bargain or save money you could end up completely wasting your money or worse, jeopardizing your health. So it is after considerable time spent evaluating that I have fine-tuned this list. Note that new research and improvements are always going on so if better products become available that I am aware of I will update them here.
I buy most of these on iHerb as it is generally the cheapest, at least for international orders, and depending how much you spend, and where you live, postage is either free or very cheap. I have provided links to buy each supplement on iHerb. If you are a first-time iHerb customer you will get a 5% discount off your order by using these links. I have provided other links for some products that aren’t available on iHerb.
I would rather not say what is the number one supplement as everyone is unique, but I would put curcumin in the top five for its general benefits for all types of cancer as well as other chronic illness. It can curb the growth and development of cancer cells, reduce angiogenesis and metastasis, and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and detoxifier.
Indian citizens have low rates of cancer and Alzheimer’s, which could be partly attributed to high turmeric consumption, along with other potent spices and low meat consumption. So, as well as taking a curcumin supplement, compliment that with plenty of turmeric in your cooking as well.
Curcumin is the active yellow pigment contained in turmeric. As it is not water-soluble, only a small amount is absorbed from the turmeric you eat. So various ways have been devised to get the curcumin supplements to be absorbed into the blood. There are eight main ingredients that are used by nearly all the hundreds of brands: piperine (from black pepper), BioPerine (basically just piperine), Longvida, BCM-95, Meriva, Theracurmin, Curcumin C3 complex and a newer one, NovaSol (micellized). There are also the lesser known UltraCur, Metacurmin, Cavarcumin, Curcupure, CurcuWin, and probably others that I haven’t heard of.
However, piperine / Bioperine, now considered as a 1st generation bioavailability enhancer, has potential side effects and should not be taken long term. The same mechanism that enhances curcumin absorption (it inhibits glucuronidation) also delays the elimination of toxins, other supplements and prescription drugs from the body. This raises the amounts of these substances to potentially unsafe levels in the blood and may cause liver damage. Some people who are sensitive to black pepper extract can also experience gastrointestinal irritation, pain, and nausea.
Each claim the highest absorption or potency, but what really counts is probably the amount of free curcumin in the blood. Longvida and NovaSol are the two that have being scientifically shown to produce the highest amounts of free curcumin in blood plasma, while BCM-95 also produces free curcumin in the blood. However, NovaSol (used in Solgar Full Spectrum Curcumin Liquid Extract Softgels) is quite new and more research is needed to establish its effectiveness and safety. The main ingredient is the emulsifier polysorbate 80, which according to the material safety data sheet (MSDS), “May cause adverse reproductive effects based on animal test data. No human data found. May cause cancer based on animal test data. No human data found. May affect genetic material (mutagenic).” Also, in the one clinical study comparing NovaSol to other forms of curcumin, several participants suffered mild nausea after taking it. I was excited about this micellized form of curcumin and I tried it for a while, but I would rather exercise caution and avoid it for now.
Other forms of curcumin, either have additives like polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) with unproven long-term safety, or they don’t result in free curcumin in the blood plasma, pnly metabolites of curcumin. However, the advertising claims of the different companies don’t make this clear and just state the amount of total curcumin in blood plasma or simply how many times more is absorbed than standard curcumin. These figures can be very misleading and confusing, are not even based on standard dosages and only present data that supports their claims, not conflicting data.
If you are interested in seeing some of the thousands of research studies on curcumin you can find a nice, searchable summary of links to them at http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/curcumin
Without going into too much detail that would require another post just on curcumin, it all comes down to two forms of curcumin that both deliver free curcumin into the blood, have more studies backing up their claims though still not great ones, and don’t contain potentially harmful additives: Longvida and BCM-95. Longvida uses what they call Solid Lipid Curcumin Particle technology (SLCP) and BCM-95 uses turmeric essential oils added back in after extraction to increase absorption.
My preference is towards BCM-95 as it is 100% natural, proven to be safe, contains turmeric essential oils, stays in the bloodstream up to 8 hours, and its efficacy is scientifically documented by many preclinical and human clinical trials including the largest cancer preventative study. I also like the fact that it is manufactured using 100% solar energy.
My top choice for BCM-95 curcumin and the one that I personally use is Life Extension, Super Bio-Curcumin (400 mg, 60 Veggie Caps). Life Extension make excellent, premium quality, well-researched formulations. This is also vegan-friendly. Each 400 mg capsule of Super Bio-Curcumin is equivalent to 2,772 mg of a typical 95% curcumin extract. Click on the link to buy it on iHerb.
Another excellent product that I use, although more expensive, but with the added benefits of ginger and extra tumerone essential oils is: Life Extension, Advanced Bio-Curcumin, with Ginger & Turmerones, (600 mg, 30 Softgels). Note that each 600 mg capsule contains the same amount of curcumin as one 400 mg capsule of the Super Bio-Curcumin above. Also, this one contains gelatin so it isn’t vegan-friendly.
Another popular and good choice is EuroPharma Terry Naturally CuraMed (750 mg, 120 Softgels). Although each capsule supplies 500 mg of pure curcuminoids and there are 120 capsules per container, the Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin above still works out cheaper per milligram of curcuminoids based on the current pricing. This is a non-vegetarian option as the softgels contain gelatin.
An alternative, equivalent to CuraMed is available on Amazon: EuroMedica – CuraPro 750 mg, 120 Softgels
Another excellent choice is Curcu-Gel Ultra 650 mg BCM-95 Enhanced Absorption Bio-Curcumin Complex (Soy-Free & NON-GMO) (500mg total Curcuminoids with Essential Oils of Turmeric Rhizome) 180 Softgels. Click on the link to buy it on Amazon (not available on iHerb).
Longvida has been shown to elevate free curcumin in the blood more for a similar dose and to cross the blood brain barrier (not to say that BCM-95 doesn’t), so it is a good option to use for brain disorders like Alzheimers, dementia and depression. Most curcumin products fail to deliver therapeutic benefits because they deliver conjugated (non-active) forms of curcumin that are easily and rapidly excreted. The protective nature of the Longvida Solid Lipid Curcumin Particle (SLCP) system delivers curcumin to the lymphatic system, bypassing the liver; by avoiding enzymatic metabolism, Longvida ensures the delivery of curcumin in the ‘free’, active form. The body cannot excrete curcumin in the free form, also enabling Longvida Curcumin to stay at therapeutic levels for significantly longer than any other delivery system (half life of 7.45 hours according to cited research).
You could consider combining a Longvida-based curcumin product with one of the BCM-95 curcumin products above. This way you can get the advantages offered by each form of curcumin. One of the best Longvida curcumin products that I can find is Now Foods, CurcuBrain, Cognitive Support, 400 mg, 50 Veg Capsules Now Foods does thorough product testing and provides good value products. All the Longvida supplements that I have looked at contain several additives, such magnesium stearate, which although controversial (Magnesium stearate is essentially chalk, and research has shown that it suppresses your natural killer cells, which are a key component of your immune system. This chalk filler also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm that acts as a barrier to the absorption of nutrients), is probably harmless in the minute quantities present in supplements. Nevertheless, I always aim to choose products with few or no extra ingredients. Now Foods CurcuBrain does have extra additives, but it has less extras than many of the other Longvida curcumin supplements.
Another good Longvida curcumin product is available on Amazon, though I wish they would produce them in larger quantities than just 30 caps: Longvida Optimised Curcumin 500 mg – 285x more bioavailable – 30 capsules/1 month supply
Vitamin D is perhaps the number one supplement to take when fighting cancer – there are over 100 published studies showing its anti-cancer effects. Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone and it has been shown by many studies to activate the immune system, increase vitality and energy, enhance muscle growth, reduce cancer risk and even to transform cancer cells back into healthy cells. Insufficient vitamin D is linked to virtually every age-related disorder including cancer, chronic inflammation, and vascular disease. In fact, the widespread vitamin D deficiency around the world today may represent one of the leading causes of preventable disease and death. One study published in 2017 indicates that among follicular lymphoma patients, insufficient vitamin D resulted in a 300% increase in the likelihood of relapse and a 296% increase in death due to lymphoma.
It is important to get enough year-round vitamin D to maintain healthy blood plasma levels. Get tested every six months or at least yearly to monitor your plasma 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 (or 25(OH)D for short) levels. In most countries, plasma 25(OH)D is given in units of nmol/L, whereas in the US they are usually given in ng/L (1 nmol/L = 2.5 ng/L). Maintain your levels between 100-150 nmol/L (40-60 ng/L) for optimum benefits. There is no evidence that levels over 200 nmol/L (80 ng/L) provides any further benefit and this is the upper limit of what your body can maintain naturally from sun exposure. When your body produces vitamin D naturally from the sun there is no risk of overdosing, but there is when supplementing. Levels above about 375 nmol/L (150 ng/L) are toxic and can be harmful to your health. Always keep your 25(OH)D levels below 250 nmol/L (100 ng/L). For more details on how much to supplement depending on your vitamin D level refer to https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/i-tested-my-vitamin-d-level-what-do-my-results-mean/
Most people are deficient these days as they do not spend enough time outside in the sunshine and it doesn’t help that, with all the fear of getting skin cancer, people are covering up more and using more sunscreens. Also, be aware that many sunscreens actually contain toxic or carcinogenic substances that are absorbed through the skin, so choose a non-toxic natural sunscreen. While it is very important to avoid skin damage and sunburn, it is equally important to get enough vitamin D. We can do this by exposing a larger surface area of skin for a shorter time, like 30 minutes per day, depending on the time of year, the time of day and your skin colour. Sun exposure also directly stimulates your immune system and increases production of the feel-good hormone seratonin and also melatonin for deep, healing sleep.
In temperate and high latitudes in Winter there isn’t sufficient UV light available for your body to make vitamin D from the sun. Also as we age our skin becomes much less efficient at making vitamin D, and in addition we obtain very little vitamin D from food. So most people will need to supplement. 5000 IU per day is an ideal dose, or you could take 10000 IU per day for a while if your blood plasma vitamin D3 levels are below 50 nmol/L (20 ng/L). Adjust the amount you supplement up or down according to the results of your blood plasma vitamin D tests. Vitamin D3 is fat-soluble, so for optimal absorption take it with your largest meal of the day or the meal that contains the most fats. You will not absorb much if you take it on an empty stomach. Finally, remember the “Vitamin D Square Dance”: you need to have enough magnesium, calcium and vitamin K2 in the body for effective vitamin D absorption. Most people are deficient in magnesium.
I prefer to take D3 (cholecalciferol) in drops or spray form rather than capsules. My favourite is this pleasant-tasting vegan D3 spray that is derived from lichen, not from lanolin from sheep’s wool as most other vitamin D3 products are: Garden of Life, MyKind Organics, Vegan D3, Vanilla Spray, 1000 IU per drop, 2 oz (58 ml)
If you don’t mind taking Vitamin D3 derived from sheep’s wool lanolin, these good quality, good value drops are one of the best and are a fair bit cheaper: Nature’s Answer, Vitamin D-3 Drops, 4000 IU per 2 drops, 0.5 fl oz (15 ml)
If you are a vegan, another great option, which combines the three essential nutrients Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12 and DHA/EPA (Omega-3s) is Complement liquid spray.
Black Seed Oil
The oil from black seeds, also known as black cumin seeds (Nigella sativa), has been used in traditional folk medicine for thousands of years, since the time of the Egyptian Phaoraohs and the Hittites, and black seed oil was found in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
Black seeds contain the active, anti-cancer ingredient, thymoquinone. A quick search on PubMed (in February 2018) reveals 810 published research studies on thymoquinone and 273 studies on thymoquinone and cancer. Greenmedinfo.com indexes 225 studies on black seed oil and its effects on 185 different diseases and conditions including oxidative stress, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, epilepsy, Helicobacter Pylori infection, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that black seed oil and thymoquinone are effective and safe against many types of cancer including liver, pancreatic, breast, colon, prostate, skin, cervical, stomach, bone, brain, lung, kidney and blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. Despite it’s long history as ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’ and many research studies on its potent anti-cancer effects, there is still a lack of human clinical trials. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that it is a natural product that can’t be patented so pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to invest in expensive clinical trials.
The mechanisms by which black seed oil is effective against cancer are still not fully understood, but it does have known antioxidant effects and it controls the PI3K-Akt-mTOR signalling pathway, which regulates normal cellular processes involved in cell growth, proliferation, motility, survival, and apoptosis (programmed death of old and unhealthy cells). Aberrant activation of the PI3K-Akt-mTOR pathway results in the survival and proliferation of tumor cells in many human cancers. Thymoquinone in black seed oil thus inhibits cancer cell proliferation and induces cancer cell death (apoptosis) by normalizing this pathway.
Greenmedinfo.com lists studies on 76 different pharmacological effects of black seed oil including: antioxidant, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, anti-bacterial, chemoprotective, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, gastroprotective, analgesic, immunomodulatory, anti-proliferative, apoptotic, anti-carcinogenic, chemotherapeutic, radioprotective, Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Alpha Inhibitor, anti-fungal, anti-metastatic, angiogenesis inhibitor, anti-diabetic, bronchodilator, anti-spasmodic and anti-viral.
One to three teaspoons per day with food is the usual recommendation, though more may be necessary for a strong therapeutic dose – consult with a doctor first. Taking black seed oil with some raw honey seems to enhance its effects even more. If you can find black seed essential oil this is much more potent, but it must be diluted in a carrier oil and only use a couple of drops at a time, best taken in a capsule.
There are many brands of black seed oil, all claiming of course that theirs is the best. The most popular, well-known and reputable company is Amazing Herbs. Their oil is 100% pure, cold-pressed, third-party lab-tested, guaranteed non-GMO and comes in BPA-free glass bottles. That isn’t to say that there aren’t any other good brands, but this is the one that I use: Amazing Herbs, Black Seed, 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Black Cumin Seed Oil, 8 fl oz (240 ml)
Selenium is a critical anti-oxidant trace mineral involved in many anti-cancer mechanisms as well as helping to displace toxic, cancer-inducing heavy metals from the body. It forms part of more than two dozen seleno-proteins that play critical roles in DNA synthesis, reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, immune system function, and protection from oxidative damage. It reduces cancer growth-promoting inflammation, supports phase II liver detoxification enzymes to neutralize carcinogenic toxins, inhibits DNA mutations and de-activates molecular transcription factors required by cancer cells to support their growth and development. Selenium also modulates gene expression to suppress a particular protein that is involved in tumour onset, growth, and metastasis.
Selenium comes in many forms exhibiting quite different functional mechanisms, with the three most important for cancer prevention and cancer fighting being sodium selenite, L-selenomethionine, and selenium-methyl L-selenocysteine. The different forms are absorbed and metabolized differently. Several complimentary forms of selenium are required to provide the overall cancer-preventive benefits. For more details on the effects of these three form of selenium in cancer prevention, see this detailed article http://www.lifeextension.com/selenium-protect-against-cancer/, or just read the next paragraph.
Sodium selenite is an inorganic form that kills cancer cells by various mechanisms including destruction of mitochondria and reduction of the apoptosis-inhibiting protein Bcl-2 that is elevated in cancer cells. On the other hand, sodium selenite increases the activity of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase in healthy tissue and enhances the repair of damaged DNA. Be careful with sodium selenite as it is the form that is the most toxic when too much is taken. In vitro studies show that L-selenomethionine inhibits the growth of cancer cells at rates more than a thousand times greater than it does in normal healthy tissue. It is the form of selenium found in most preparations of selenium-enriched yeast, which has been used in many clinical trials. Selenium-methyl L-selenocysteine is the most recent form of selenium to attract scientific interest. Found in plants in the allium family such as garlic and onions grown in selenium-enriched soil, it is one of the most potent forms of selenium known. It helps restore circadian rhythms, and modulates melatonin levels and estrogen receptors, thus inhibiting the development and reducing the aggressiveness of several cancers, notably breast cancer. It also inhibits development of new blood vessel to tumors (angiogenesis) and downregulates the expression of the Bcl-2 protein that protects cancer cells from apoptosis.
Research shows that selenium levels needed for optimal results are higher than previously thought. However, you still must be careful not to take too much. Everyone has different selenium requirements while some countries and regions have more selenium-deficient soils, and thus food, than others. The official recommended daily allowance (RDA) is around 55 micrograms (Note: NOT millgrams/mg but micrograms/mcg, which are 1000x less), but levels up to around 200 micrograms are probably safe and beneficial unless your selenium levels are already high. Above 200 mcg there may be some toxicity for some forms of selenium and above 400 mcg there is proven toxicity, which may manifest as dermatitis, hair loss, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, nerve damage and white spots on nails. Selenium works in conjunction with vitamin E, vitamin C, glutathione and vitamin B3. Take your selenium with naturally sourced, complete or total vitamin E, not the synthetic alpha-tocopherol form.
The overwhelming volume of scientific evidence supports selenium’s anticancer activity, and favors careful dietary supplementation with selenium. However, a single negative study, the SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) in 2009 has contributed substantial misinformation about the value of selenium in cancer prevention. The study appeared to show that selenium, alone or in combination with vitamin E, had no detectable effect on preventing cancers. Many experts have since questioned the SELECT methodology and conclusions. One problem was that it used just a single form of selenium. The major flaw in this study is that it used synthetic alpha tocopherol, which displaced critical gamma tocopherol from cells, thereby increasing cancer risk. It is important to note that vitamin E must be from natural sources with all eight forms present (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols).
The best selenium supplement that I have found with all three forms of selenium is Life Extension, Super Selenium Complex, 100 Veggie Caps It has 100 mcg of the methylselenocysteine and 50 mcg each of selenomethionine and sodum selenite.
Another excellent product, with just the highly beneficial methylselenocysteine form is Jarrow Formulas, Selenium Synergy, 200 mcg, 60 Capsules This is a good option if you prefer to avoid the controversial inorganic sodium selenite contained in the Life Extension product.
You can also obtain selenium from Brazil nuts, sunflower, mustard and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, onions, mushrooms (button, shiitake, crimini), barley, brown rice, oats, tomatoes and broccoli. It is beneficial to eat a variety of selenium-containing foods to obtain different complimentary selenium compounds. Be careful not to eat too many Brazil nuts, especially if you are supplementing with selenium, as they can be very high in selenium. One Brazil nut can supply a whole day’s RDA of selenium, although this varies depending on the soil they are grown in.
Green Tea — EGCG
Green tea contains many beneficial bioactive compounds, including antioxidants, specifically, green tea polyphenols known as catechins. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant catechin in green tea, and many studies have shown its cancer-fighting abilities. EGCG has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, cause cancer cells to die and to prevent or slow down the formation of new blood vessels to tumors (angiogenesis).
I use the Now Foods Green Tea Extract
Salvestrols / Resveratrol / Pterostilbene
A natural compound in red grape skins, pomegranate, raw cacao, raspberries and mulberries, Japanese Knotweed and other plants, resveratrol has been shown to support the healthy expression of genes associated with slowing down aspects of the aging process. It also has antioxidant properties, reduces inflammation, promotes healthy insulin sensitivity, improves mitochondrial function and may help to protect against thickening of arterial walls and heart disease. Animal studies have shown that resveratrol has the ability to prevent certain cancer cells from dividing, but human clinical studies on the anticancer effects of resveratrol supplements are lacking. Studies show that calorie-restriction diets can activate youthful gene expression, a process that slows down certain aspects of aging. But resveratrol triggers many of the same favorable gene expression changes as calorie restriction, without the difficult diet to adhere to.
Combining resveratrol with trans-pterostilbene confers even greater health benefits. Laboratory tests show that pterostilbene (in the same class of compounds as resveratrol) encourages cardiovascular health, supports glucose levels already within the normal range, and promotes cognitive health. It also encourages healthy mitochondrial and metabolic function, promotes antioxidant activity, and supports a healthy inflammatory response.
While resveratrol and pterostilbene may effectively reduce cancer risk and thus play a role in cancer prevention, they have yet to be proven as cancer-fighters, but could form a complimentary part of an anti-cancer protocol and may also enhance the action of anticancer drugs. Avoid resveratrol if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer like breast or prostate cancer as it has hormone-like properties that may stimulate some kinds of cancer cells.
Salvestrols are plant-derived compounds (phytonutrients), essential for well-being that cannot be made in the body and must therefore be supplied through our diet. These substances confer their benefits by reacting with a specific enzyme called CYP1B1, a member of the cytochrome P450 family (no, not a character from Star Wars!). This enzyme converts salvestrols into a form that is toxic to malfunctioning cells, but because it is only present in diseased cells salvestrols do not harm healthy cells.
Salvestrols are produced by plants to protect themselves from pests and diseases. However, the use of many fungicides and other chemicals means that plants which are not organically grown will not express high concentrations of salvestrols because they are never exposed to the attacks that cause the plant to produce them at such levels. About 100 years ago it is estimated that we would have consumed about 10 times the amount of salvestrols in our diet as we do now. In addition, since salvestrols have a bitter taste, modern fruits have been breed to be more sweet and thus have lower levels of salvestrols. Modern food processing also removes them in order to make foods sweeter-tasting. So it is currently very difficult to get an adequate supply of these important anti-cancer compounds from our diets.
You can purchase Salvestrol supplements at https://salvestrol.ca Remember, if you take Salvestrols, you should avoid resveratrol as it interferes with the enzyme mechanism that makes salvestrols work.
Ellagic Acid / Ellagitanins
Bitter Gourd — Karela
Indian Gooseberry Powder — Amla
Natural Vitamin E — Tocotrienols
Vitamin B12 / Folate
If you are a vegan, another great option, which combines the three essential nutrients Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12 and DHA/EPA (Omega-3s) is Complement liquid spray.
Vitamin C — Liposomal
Alpha Lipoic Acid
PQQ — Pyrroloquinoline quinone
CoQ10 — Ubiquinol / Mitoquinol
Sulfurophane — Broccoli Sprouts
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are important for carrying oxygen to our cells and reducing inflammation, which promotes cancer growth. Our oceans are contaminated with many toxins including dioxins, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), plastics, organochlorine pesticides and heavy metals, so be very careful about taking fish oils.
If you are a vegan, another great option, which combines the three essential nutrients Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12 and DHA/EPA (Omega-3s) is Complement liquid spray.
Enzymes — Systemic / Proteolytic and Digestive
Probiotics and Prebiotics
It is often said that good health starts with the gut and this is one of the first places to begin when healing from almost any chronic illness. Approximately 70% of our immune cells are in our gut and around 100 trillion bacteria reside there, which is considerably more than the 70 trillion or so human cells in our whole body.
These days we are very unkind to our gut bacteria. Our diets generally lack the fibre they need, and are full of highly-processed and over-cooked foods, preservatives, pesticide residues and antibiotics. Most of us have taken several courses of antibiotics during our lifetimes, which also destroy many of our good bacteria or gut flora and upset our intestinal balance.
We need to restore our gut flora by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain the fibre our good gut bacteria need. By definition prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fibre called “oligosaccharides” that pass through the small intestine unchanged so they can feed the bacteria residing in our large intestine. Some of the best prebiotic foods are onions, garlic, leeks, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, cabbage, jicama, wheat germ, tiger nuts (not really nuts, but a small African root vegetable – makes a good, chewy, snack) and under-ripe bananas (though bananas should be eaten in moderation as they contain a lot of sugar). The most benefit is when they are eaten raw or only lightly cooked. Some other prebiotic-containing foods are beans, lentils, chickpeas, oats, flaxseeds (linseeds), sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, wild yams, beets, turnips, green peas and apples.
If we aren’t getting enough of these foods in our diet, we can also take a prebiotic powder supplement (capsules don’t contain enough daily fibre unless you swallow lots of them), which generally contain things like Chicory Root, Acacia fibre, Jerusalem Artichoke Fibre, Baobab, or Green Banana Flour. The only caution is that you have to avoid many of these foods if you are following the FODMAP diet for IBS or some other bowel condition — if you are, then you will know what to avoid. Two of the best prebiotic products that I recommend, as they are natural, organic, non-GMO and additive-free, are Hyperbiotics, Prebiotic, Organic Proprietary Blend, 13.23 oz (375 g) and MRM, Whole Food, Organic Fiber with Enzymes and Prebiotics, Unflavored, 9.3 oz (256 g). Garden of Life is also a good quality product, but more expensive: Garden of Life, Dr. Formulated, Organic Fiber, Unflavored, Powder Supplement, 6.8 oz (192 g)
For probiotics (beneficial live gut bacteria), eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi (cultured cabbage and other veges), miso, tempeh and natto (fermented soybeans — must be organic, non-GMO), kefir (coconut- or milk-based), kombucha (perhaps in moderation due to the alcohol/aldehyde content), apple cider vinegar and some yoghurts. When I say some yoghurts, I mean that most yoghurt found in the supermarket is not even a culture, but really just thickened dairy with some bacteria added at the end just so they can call it “yoghurt”. Also, nearly all yoghurt is made from pasteurized milk. Ideally, it should be from organic, grass-feed, raw (unpasteurized) and preferably goat or sheep milk, not cows milk. That’s quite a tall order these days! However, I generally avoid dairy products, which have been shown to promote cancer growth.
In addition to eating fermented foods (or if you aren’t able eat them for any reason), it is useful to take a powerful probiotic supplement. There are many to choose from, and a vast number fail independent efficacy tests and are useless. Two of the best, independently lab-tested probiotics, which I recommend are: Garden of Life, RAW Probiotics, Ultimate Care, 30 Veggie Caps and Renew Life, Colon Care, Ultimate Flora Probiotic, 80 Billion Live Cultures, 30 Vegetable Capsules. Both are excellent, but the second is a little bit cheaper.
Internal and topical
Medicinal Mushrooms / Beta Glucans / AHCC
Thank you for reading and I hope that you find it useful. Please leave a comment or question below and if you think something is missing from this list, shouldn’t be on there, or if you have found a better alternative brand or product it would be very helpful if you can share your opinion.
THIS IS A DRAFT — JUST GETTING MY INITIAL LIST PUBLISHED AND I WILL ADD DETAILS AND THE LINKS TO RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS IN THE COMING DAYS (MARCH 2018)