Whether allopathy aficionados, by which I mean the supporters of mainstream medicine, like it or not, alternative systems of medicine like naturopathy are here to stay, simply because people are enamored with these systems. Even when people use treatment methods prescribed by the western medicine, they take added help through natural methods for faster healing and palliative effect. In the case of cancer, among the many natural methods used for healing, juice therapy is one that is becoming growingly popular.
Any therapeutic procedure will lose popularity if the users are not benefitting from it. The very fact that more and more people are showing interest in consuming fruit and vegetable juices to fight a highly debilitating disease like cancer, speaks volumes for the efficacy of this remedy. Given below are the names of some of the veggies and fruits that have been found to be especially effective in cancer treatment.
The cabbage family of vegetables consisting of leaf vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc. is the most recommended ones for cancer juicing. They are also known as cruciferous (cross-bearing) vegetables because of the cross shape of their four-petal flowers.
The more common cruciferous vegetables are,
To get the full spectrum benefit from these vegetables, they have to be consumed completely uncooked. Juicing is recommended because consuming raw is always easier when consumed as juice.
Carotenoids like beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein etc, which are plant pigments, are also effective in fighting cancer.
Some of the vegetables and fruits containing carotenoids are,
Flavanols like proanthocyanidins are also cancer resistant agents.
Fruits and vegetables containing these polyphenols are,
Besides these, raspberry, strawberry, tomato, and pineapple are also cancer preventive.
Many of the fruits and vegetables listed above are commonly available so that the users can extract fresh juice as and when required. However, there are some bottled juices of less common fruits, which have also been found to have anti-cancer properties. These are,
* Goji berry (also known as wolfberry) juice. The fruit has been in use in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
* Mangos teen juice. This fruit is grown mainly in Southeast Asia.
* Noni Juice. The fruit noni is grown mainly in Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Australasia.
If you would like to have the juice of a particular fruit or vegetable that is not locally available, there is no choice other than to rely on bottled juices. However, some of the nutrients and almost all the dietary fiber are lost during the process of bottling so that it is best to take freshly extracted juice as far as possible.
For the juicing regimen to be effective, you have to be careful not just about the quality of the juice but also about all the things that you eat while you are on the juice therapy. Foods that contain chemicals like artificial food colors and flavors should be avoided. Further, while meat is definitely not recommended for consumption while juicing, it is best to avoid even dairy products and stick to a vegan diet. Harvest Nutrition is a blog for people that want to lead a healthier life through whole food nutrition.