There are a few elements like nutraceuticals, functional foods, and supplemental micronutrients that can stop cancer cell proliferation and can induce apoptosis. Natural dietary herbs have shown how prevention and treatment of cancer can be taken place. Dietary habits are one of the most important predictors of chronic diseases, including several types of cancer. Thus, diet and food have a direct impact on health and disease.
Following are some of the herbs which have significantly shown positive results in the prevention of cancer cells:
Graviola (Annona muricata)
Annona Muricata, also known as Graviola, soursop, Brazilian pawpaw, or guanabana, is an evergreen tree native to the Americas’ tropical regions. Graviola contains hundreds of acetogenins, which are chemicals (ACGs). ACGs have the ability to kill many different types of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
Catharanthus Rosea, also known as Madagascar Periwinkle, is a miracle plant. It is the most medicinally valuable plant species in the Apocynaceae family, which is used worldwide in traditional herbal medicine. The plant has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for a long time. Catharanthus roseus is well-known for producing the anticancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine. The anti-tumor activity discovered in C. Roseus is due to the presence of dimeric alkaloids, which are already widely used in industry.
Indian Podophyllum is another name for Podophyllum. Vanyakarkati is its Ayurvedic name. The rootstock of this herb has beneficial properties that aid in the prevention of cancer. Podophyllum is a purgative that is also used to treat vaginal warts. Etoposide and teniposide, two podophyllotoxin derivatives, are used in cancer treatment.