Supplements that exhibit anti-cancer properties

Dr Gunes Dr Hossami

Dr. Adem Günes & Dr. Abdulla El-Hossami

Supplements that exhibit anti-cancer properties

As the world has progressed in every field of life, we have invented multiple ways to cure life-threatening diseases. Despite the advancement in technology and medicine, cancer is still the second deadliest disease in the world, being the reason for the death of people. Researchers are looking for the best way to prevent it and cure it by using the least amount of chemicals because they are hazardous for our bodies. It’s not right to say dietary supplements can fight or treat cancer, but some of them have piqued the curiosity of experts due to their ability to combat tumors.

The below are some supplements that have anti-tumor activity:


There’s nothing wrong to say that garlic significantly reduces the risk of cancer. It has several health advantages, the most well-known of which is its chemotherapeutic properties. According to experts, garlic has a great ability to disrupt the signaling pathways between the tumor cells hence hindering their development and migration to different parts of the body. It is recommended to include garlic in everyday life, but how much quantity should be taken to kill cancerous cells is still not confirmed and researchers are analyzing it.


Abundantly found in turmeric, curcumin has attained great attention as they have anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory characteristics. It particularly inhibits the toxicity and metastasis of tumor cells by disconnecting the communication pathways between them. The anti-cancer ability of curcumin showed that it can fight against breast, lung, prostate, and brain tumors. Curcumin is being studied to identify generally how it happened in treating cancer and the best method to use it as a therapy. The therapeutic effect of turmeric is tested with the combination of different drugs but curcumin needs more research on its absorption, efficacy, and sensitivity for the targeted site.


It has anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties making it a good candidate for playing a beneficial role against cancer. It has been recommended to add fresh ginger pieces to a meal for maximum benefit. Even ginger candy is a good snack that can give the same benefit. Indeed, it is not advisable to have an excessive amount of ginger as it can interact with blood thinners and affect blood sugar levels.


Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytoestrogens, flaxseeds are widely found in bread, a variety of cereals, and snacks. Flaxseeds are discovered to be beneficial for breast and prostate cancer. When they are used with tamoxifen, it increases the effectiveness and that medicine is used to lower the risk of tumor relapse and metastatic carcinoma. Ground flaxseeds offer the most benefit. So always include ground flaxseed in your diet.

Green Tea

 One of the excellent liquid nutritional supplements for cancer patients, green tea having antioxidant properties helps protect against the metastasis of some kinds of cancer. It contains polyphenols, a type of chemical having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is recommended to drink 3 to 4 cups of green tea for cancer patients to get the maximum benefits. You can also take green tea supplements in the form of pills.


The trace element selenium (Se) has many of the different antitumor characteristics in addition to its antioxidant capabilities. These characteristics provide the following benefits:

  • DNA stability maintenance
  • Enhancement of carcinogen-detoxifying enzymes in phase II
  • Heavy-metal toxicity mitigation
  • DNA Repair Stimulation
  • Inflammatory and immunological response regulation
  • Local invasion/migration is prevented.
  • Cell cycle arrest and apoptosis are encouraged.
  • Cell proliferation regulation

Selenium plays an essential function for numerous organism’s networks to its integration into selenoprotein framework. At appropriate dosages, selenium has the antioxidant capacity, but at super nutritional levels, it has pro-oxidative activity. For the therapeutic activity, it might improve the efficacy of chemotherapy drugs.

Vitamin D

The regions that receive a higher level of sun rays have relatively less occurrence of cancer in the people than those who don’t get enough sunshine. Vitamin D generated from solar exposure might reduce the risk of cancer development. Experimental studies show that Vitamin D may have effective anti-cancer characteristics. In mice, it slowed the production of tumor cells and their proliferation rate. It can also be consumed from natural foods found in salmon, sardines, dairy products, and fish liver oil. Vitamin D, like any other nutrient, can be hazardous in excess. If you consume more than this vitamin, your calcium levels may rise, eventually causing to calcinosis and hypercalcemia.

Vitamin E

It is an excellent cancer-fighting nutrient. It is a strong antioxidant and helps the body to remove cell-damaging free radicals. Fat-soluble vitamin E can help significantly reduce the risk of colon, lung, and prostate cancer. It has been found in different studies that low amounts of vitamin E in the body can increase the risk of cancer. So, include dietary supplements in your everyday food that are rich in vitamin E like

  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Mango
  • Spinach
  • Olive oil


It is recommended by experts to always eat nutritious whole food. A diet that comprises a variety of fruit and vegetables goes a long way in preventing cancer. Apart from taking this and supplements, you ought to do enough exercise. Yes, there are a few anti-cancer supplements sold on the market. You can take them but only after consulting your medical practitioner. You should follow the appropriate dosage instructions for maximum effect from these supplements and food items.

Nutritional foods include vital vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber and other natural sources chemicals that may have therapeutic benefits. The dietary supplements mentioned above should be taken in recommended quantity because any nutrient taken in an excessive amount can be hazardous to health. Cancer-fighting doses of such supplements may vary, and the possible processes, hazards, advantages, and performance of these drugs are currently being explored.

The above-listed items do benefit a cancer patient and a survivor. A word of caution though the recommendations mentioned here are just a suggestion. It is vital to follow your doctor’s instructions, and you should intake things only approved by your medical practitioner. He knows what is best for your health. And let him determine what treatment is best for your wellbeing.

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