Cancer Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Coenzyme Q10 90 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation
plus Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Cancer Nutrients
Colostrum (Plus Colostrum from Symbiotics [original and high-Ig formulas] or Colostrum Prime Life from Jarrow Formulas) As directed on label. Promotes accelerated healing and boosts the immune system.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) (Aangamik DMG from FoodScience of Vermont) As directed on label. Enhances oxygen utilization.
Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga) 2 capsules 3 times daily. Enhances immune function.
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) As directed on label Has powerful anticancer properties; possesses natural killer cell activity.
Melatonin 2-3 mg daily, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime. A powerful antioxidant that also aids sleep.
Methylsutfonylmethane (MSM) As directed on label. A powerful cancer prevention agent.

Selenium

200 mcg daily. Do not exceed a total daily intake of 800 mcg from all sources, including diet. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Powerful free radical scavenger and protector against cancer. Aids in protein digestion.
Caution: Do not take supplemental selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease.
7-Keto DHEA As directed on label. A metabolite of DHEA that possesses anticancer properties without being converted into testosterone or estrogens.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. Destroys free radicals. Consider injections (under a doctor’s supervision).
Vitamin A (Micellized Vitamin A and E from American Biologics) 50,000 IU daily for 10 days, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. People with cancer require higher than normal amounts of this antioxidant. Use an emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Capsule forms put more stress on the liver.
plus carotenoid complex with beta-carotene As directed on label. Enhances natural killer cell activity. Low beta-carotene levels have been especially associated with lung, bronchial, and stomach cancer.

plus vitamin E

200 IU daily. A powerful antioxidant and cancer-fighter. Use d-alpha-tocopherol emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at high doses.
Grifron Maitake D-fraction from Maitake Products As directed on label. A mushroom extract that contains D-fraction form of isolated beta-1, 6-glucan, a substance that prevents carcinogenesis and inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. Cancer Nutrients: Also helps the body adapt to the stress of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
Shiitake extract As directed on label. Mushroom extracts with valuable immune-boosting and antitumor properties.
or reishi extract As directed on label.

Acidophilus

As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Has an antibacterial effect on the body. Use a nondairy formula.
Aerobic 07 from Aerobic Life Industries As directed on label. Contains antimicrobial agents.
Chromium picolinate At least 600 mcg daily. Helps to build and maintain muscle mass. Useful if muscle atrophy exists.
Grape seed extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant.
Kelp 1,000-1,500 mg daily. For mineral balance and to help the body avoid damage resulting from radiation therapy.
or seaweed As directed on label.
L-carnitine As directed on label. Protects against damage from free radicals and toxins. Use a form derived from fish liver (squalene).

Multienzyme complex

As directed on label, with meals. To aid digestion.
Caution: Do not give this supplement to a child.
Multimineral complex Essential for normal cell division and function. Use a comprehensive formula that contains all major minerals and trace elements except iron.
with calcium 2,000 mg daily.
and magnesium 1,000 mg daily.
and potassium 99 mg daily. Important for the prevention and/or treatment of several forms of cancer.
plus vitamin D3 400-600 IU daily.
Multivitamin complex As directed on label, with meals. Do not use a sustained-release formula. Use a formula without iron.
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. To detoxify harmful substances and protect the liver and other organs. Has shown preventive effects against cancer.

plus glutathione

As directed on label. Essential for the functioning of the immune system. Found to be deficient in cancer patients.
and lipoic acid As directed on label. Can boost glutathione levels.
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil, flaxseed oil) As directed on label Has antioxidant properties and may protect against, and prevent the spread of, cancer. Omega-3 fats from fish oil may attenuate muscle wasting (cancer cachexia).
Raw glandular complex As directed on label. Stimulates glandular function, especially the thymus (site of T lymphocyte production).
plus raw thymus As directed on label
and raw spleen glandular As directed on label.
Taurine Plus from American Biologics As directed on label. Functions as foundation for tissue and organ repair. Necessary for white blood cell activation. Use the liquid or sublingual form.

Vitamin B complex

50 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). B vitamins that improve circulation, build red blood cells, and aid liver function.
plus extra vitamin B3 (niacin) 100 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.
and choline 500-1,000 mg daily.
plus vitamin B12 1,000-2,000 mcg daily. To prevent anemia. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.
and folic acid 400-600 mcg daily. Affects the repair of DNA. Has been linked to cancer protection.

Herbs

❑ Alternate the following in your cancer prevention or cancer therapy program: astragalus, birch, burdock root, cat’s claw, chuchuhuasi (a rainforest herb), cranberry, dandelion, echinacea, fennel, green tea, licorice root, macela, milk thistle, parsley, pau d’arco, red clover, and suma.

Cautions: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever. Do not use cat’s claw during pregnancy. Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed. Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medications less effective. Consult your health care professional if you are using them. The caffeine in green tea could cause insomnia, anxiety, upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea. Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.

❑ Spices such as cardamom, cayenne pepper, ginger, rosemary, sage, thyme, and turmeric have anticancer properties.
Caution: Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ Dozens of studies show that astragalus is a potent cancer fighter as well as a powerful immune booster that increases your body’s production of T cells, macrophages, and natural killer cells. In one study astragalus was able to restore immune function in 90 percent of the cancer patients studied. Also, in two other studies, cancer patients who received astragalus had twice the survival rate of those who received standard therapy.

Caution: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever.

❑ Cat’s claw enhances immune function and has antitumor properties. Cat’s Claw Defense Complex from Source Naturals is a combination of cat’s claw and other herbs, plus antioxidant nutrients such as beta-carotene, N-acetylcysteine, vitamin C, and zinc.

Caution: Do not use cat’s claw during pregnancy.

❑ Many people with external cancers, such as skin cancers, have responded well to poultices made from comfrey, pau d’arco, ragwort, and wood sage.

Caution: Comfrey is recommended for external use only.

❑ Curcumin, an extract from the spice turmeric, is gaining attention for its antioxidant properties and its ability to protect against cancer. Laboratory studies indicate that curcumin has the ability to guard against many carcinogenic substances, and that it may inhibit the rapid cell division characteristic of cancer cells.

❑ Green tea, which has gained a lot of attention for its cancer-fighting properties, contains a substance known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or EGCg), which has been found by a Swedish research team to cut off blood vessels that feed cancerous tumors.

Caution: Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medications less effective. Consult your health care professional if you are using them. The caffeine in green tea could cause insomnia, anxiety, upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.

❑ Modified citrus pectin has been shown to substantially inhibit the growth of cancer cells and is especially effective in combating skin and prostate cancers.

❑ Noni is a fruit resembling the pineapple. Research suggests it may be effective not only in blocking tumor growth, but also in inducing cancer cells to return to normal. Studies also show that noni stimulates the immune system.

❑ Ojibwa Herbal Tea, a Native American Indian herbal tea composed of sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm bark, and turkey rhubarb root, reportedly has healing powers for battling cancer.

❑ Olive leaf extract enhances the immune system and has shown good results in fighting cancer.

❑ Rosemary is currently being studied as a form of cancer therapy due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and carcinogen-blocking effects.

❑ Ayurvedic herbs said to protect against cancer include boswellia (Boswellia serrata), green tea (Camellia sinensis), and haldi (Curcuma longa, known in English as turmeric).

❑ The Chinese patent medicine Dang Gui Longhui Wan (a traditional mixture of eleven herbs that is customarily prescribed for chronic myelocytic leukemia) contains indirubin, which is currently under study for its possible ability to control the division of cancer cells.