I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.
Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. I am in remission and want to stay cancer free. What should I be taking?” — Kelly P., Honolulu, HI
A. Dear Kelly, Because I am not a physician, I highly encourage you to discuss anything I recommend with your oncologist. That being said, I think there are some very powerful natural medicines that can help you keep cancer in the past.
Curcumin is one of my favorite ingredients for many health conditions, including cancer. Our bodies have natural defense mechanisms against cancer, like tumor suppressor genes. As their name implies, tumor suppressor genes help to keep cell division in check and informs our cells when to self-destruct. Through many factors like aging, environment, and diet, these tumor suppressor genes can become “silenced” or turned off, allowing the cancer to grow and spread unchecked. Researchers have now found that one of the ways curcumin fights cancer is by re-awakening these “sleeping genes,” turning them back on to stop cancer. Curcumin can also stop cancer initiation, promotion, and progression, and can stop cancerous cells from migrating to other parts of the body.
Grape seed extract is an aromatase inhibitor that prevents the conversion of androgens (male sex hormones) into estrogens (female sex hormones). Many breast cancers are hormone-sensitive, so preventing excessive estrogen levels can be very effective against cancer. Even in hormone-insensitive breast cancer, like triple negative breast cancer, grape seed extract stopped the invasion of these cells and boosted the effectiveness of the drug used to treat this type of cancer.
Another botanical aromatase inhibitor is pomegranate. I prefer using both pomegranate seed oil (rich in omega-5s) and fruit extract. Omega-5s from pomegranate seed oil have the ability to inhibit both estrogen-sensitive and estrogen-insensitive breast cancer cells. In a cellular study, these powerful omega-5s inhibited two types of cancer cells by 92 and 96%.
Lastly, a very overlooked ingredient for cancer treatment and prevention is vitamin D3. Clinical research has shown that 75% or more of breast cancer patients are deficient in this critical nutrient. Other studies have concluded that high levels of vitamin D3 – much higher than our current 400 IU recommended daily intake – may reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50%. Other studies have found that vitamin D3 is able to enter breast cancer cells and trigger apoptosis, or programmed cell death.
I would take 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily and 700-1400 mg of curcumin, grape seed extract, pomegranate seed oil and fruit extract.
Terry . . . Naturally