One of the best ways to combat cancer is to stop it early in its attack on the body. Because standard cancer treatment involves toxic chemicals and damaging radiation, a growing number of cancer specialists are turning their attention to natural approaches to prevent and halt cancer. One very potent cancer killer is a flavonoid called quercetin.
Quercetin is a nutrient present in many fruits and vegetables, whose ability to fight disease in varied ways makes it uniquely effective as a cancer-preventive compound. Studies prove that people who consume high levels of quercetin experience much lower risk of death from lung, colon, gastric, breast and other cancers.
Cancer is the leading cause of death among Americans after heart disease. Conventional cancer care leaves patients weakened and at risk of a recurrence of the disease, as well as development of new tumors, because chemotherapy and radiation destroy immune function and increase the risk of early death.
Quercetin provides a safer and more natural approach to halt the advance of cancer in its earliest stages, because it works at a cellular level. Quercetin contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to protect the DNA of the cells from the mutations that cancer causes. It “freezes” cancer cells as they begin to replicate, which traps them in an early stage of the cell reproduction cycle. In this way, quercetin stops tumor growth and causes cell death through apoptosis, the programming the body uses to stop excessive cell reproduction in a natural way.
Like many other powerful medicines, quercetin comes from botanical extracts. Plants are capable of helping human beings withstand damage from radiation, oxidative damage and chemical toxins. When we eat plants, we derive many of these benefits.
Scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of quercetin against cancer. A Chinese study proved its anti-tumor properties. Other research shows that people who have the highest levels of quercetin have a 51 percent reduced risk of lung cancer, and among heavy smokers, a 65 percent reduced risk. Colon cancer risks went down 32 percent, and the risk of gastric cancer was reduced by 43 percent among people with the highest levels of the nutrient.
Red onions, tomatoes, green tea and grape skins all contain high levels of quercetin. Citrus fruits, other onions, parsley, apples, sage, red wine, dark cherries and dark berries, as well as olive oil, are other good sources.