A few years ago, my grandmother died of ovarian cancer. As my family has low incidences of cancer, I began to research natural ways to help prevent or treat ovarian cancer, as it might be something I was at risk for. During my research, I stumbled across an Australian medical study showing certain foods could treat or even cure ovarian cancer so, after more research, I added these foods to my diet. If you too think you may be at risk for ovarian cancer, which let’s face it is most women nowadays, make sure you add these foods to your diet – after all, it can’t hurt and it could help.
Cabbage – One of the foods recommended for prevention or treatment of ovarian cancer is cabbage. I love cabbage anyway, so adding more cabbage to my diet to help prevent ovarian cancer wasn’t a big deal. Cabbage is what’s called a cruciferous vegetable, meaning its from the same family as broccoli and brussel sprouts. Cabbage is loaded with most of the B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, iron and magnesium and is wonderful as a treatment for ovarian cancer as well as other illnesses like peptic ulcers and as an anti-inflammatory. It’s also low in calories.
Some of the best ways to add cabbage to your diet include eating it as a coleslaw, adding it to vegetable soups, chopping it up raw and adding it to a salad, or even eating it pickled. Yum!
Broccoli – From the same family as cabbage, broccoli too is an excellent prevention for or treatment of ovarian cancer. Broccoli is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C and A, as well as Selenium. It’s been shown in clinical trials to prevent the growth of cancer cells and is also supposed to be a great preventative for heart disease.
Broccoli can be eaten boiled, steamed or even raw and is a perfect snack in front of the TV at night, dipped into a low-calorie dip. You can also eat broccoli in soups, chopped raw and added to salads, coated with a cheese sauce for broccoli and cheese or, one of my favorite ways, added to olive oil and Parmesan cheese and eaten with pasta.
Orange Juice – I already drink a lot of orange juice as it’s sold freshly-squeezed on the street all over Thailand, where I live. So, I had no need to add this wonderful natural ovarian cancer preventative to my diet. Orange juice is loaded with two substances called Citric Acid and Limonene. Limonene works in the body to shut off a cancer gene that appears in 90% of cancers, and Citric Acid shuts off glycolosis and causes cancer cells to starve.
You can either drink orange juice straight, add it to fruit smoothies, to yoghurt to make a yoghurt drink, or even use it in cooking (although some of the good benefits are lost with heat). In Thailand, orange juice is drunk with salt and sugar added to it as Thais believe this is a great treatment to prevent dehydration in such a hot country. Make sure you drink freshly squeezed orange juice (do it yourself) and not the packaged juices, which have lost most of their nutritional value by the time they hit your glass.
Green Tea – Not only as a preventative or treatment for ovarian cancer, but also all kinds of other cancers, green tea is a healthy, calorie-free drink and it tastes great too. Green tea is full of compounds that either shut down nutrition to cancer cells or prevent cancer cells from growing.
In Thailand, like most of Asia, green tea is drunk every day. You can drink it hot or cold, add fruit juice to it to sweeten it and taste it, eat it in smoothies, cakes, cookies, breads and even ice cream. The best way to drink green tea for maximum ovarian cancer treatment benefits though is to either drink it hot and fresh or cold and fresh, with maybe just some fresh fruit juice to add sweetness.
Natural treatment of ovarian cancer – Dr. Weil
Treatments for ovarian cancer – A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research