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What should you keep in mind before taking a natural supplement?

What should you keep in mind before taking a natural supplement? It’s great that people want to take an active role in their health, but do your research and talk to your doctor. What you put in your body should be taken seriously. Instead of taking green tea capsules, brew a cup of green tea. You can also cook and flavor your meals with fresh herbs, in place of popping a pill. Just be mindful of the amount you ingest. Before taking any herbal supplements, speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian. They can help you decide whether a

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Does Arginine help against cancer?

Does Arginine help against cancer? Arginine is an amino acid that is used to build proteins. Although it is used in clinical applications, evidence on its use for other conditions is lacking and in some instances, may increase the risk for harm. However, an analysis suggests that arginine supplementation may increase markers of inflammation in patients with cancer, so, patients should use caution and discuss any use of arginine with their treating physician. In cancer patients, results are mixed for use of arginine-enriched formulas to improve wound healing. Interestingly, arginine deprivation-based treatments are also being investigated as potential cancer treatments. Email

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Does Andrographis help against cancer?

Does Andrographis help against cancer? Andrographis is a plant native to India. Andrographis has antioxidant and anticancer properties. Andrographis may interfere with the actions of some chemotherapy drugs and with some blood thinners. Andrographis is promoted for cancer prevention, cancer treatment, and to counter chemo toxicity in humans. In preclinical cancer studies, andrographis were active against multiple myeloma stem cell, and was able to reverse the resistance to one chemo drug called 5-FU which we use to treat colon cancer cells. Email us at info@icrmc.org to tell us about any dietary supplements you’re taking, such as herbs, vitamins, minerals, and natural

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Does Amygdalin help against cancer?

Does Amygdalin help against cancer? Amygdalin is a substance found in the pits of some fruits, such as apricots. Amygdalin has not been shown to treat or prevent cancer. It is associated with serious side effects and it is used as an alternative cancer therapy. Promoters claimed that the cyanide released from amygdalin selectively killed cancer cells, leaving normal tissue cells unharmed. In a clinical study, cancer patients using amygdalin did not have any benefits, but some showed cyanide toxicity. However, cancer patients should not use this product in the current form until more is known about its safety and

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Does American pawpaw help against cancer?

Does American pawpaw help against cancer? Pawpaw is a tree that produces a large yellowish fruit and is toxic to some cancer cells, but such effects have not been shown in humans. Pawpaw prevents the cell from making ATP, an important energy source. Adenosine 5′-triphosphate, or ATP, is the principal molecule for storing and transferring energy in cells. It is what we refer to as the energy currency of the cell and can be compared to storing money in a bank. In lab studies, American pawpaw extract killed cancer cells resistant to commonly used chemotherapy drugs such as Adriamycin. American pawpaw

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Does Alpha Lipoic Acid help to treat or prevent cancer?

Does Alpha Lipoic Acid help to treat or prevent cancer? Alpha lipoic acid has been used to prevent and treat cancer but there is no evidence in humans. Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant which is a substance that protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Although there is no evidence that it can be used to treat cancer. Alpha lipoic acid leads the cancer cells growth cycle to stop in some type of breast cancer cells, followed by apoptosis. Apoptosis is a type of cell death in which a series of molecular steps in a cell lead to

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