You can protect your prostate with Japenese wasabi, mustard, horseradish and mushroom.
Japanese Condiment Could Cure Cancer
Now you have another reason to eat sushi: A sushi bar staple could be the cure for bladder cancer.
A new study comes from Arup Bhattacharya. He has degrees in microbiology, biophysics, and psychology. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics from the Department of Cancer Biology at Roswell Park, SUNY at Buffalo. He also teaches homeopathy. His research focuses on isothiocyanates (ITCs) and their role in cancer treatment.
His studies have been published in many peer-reviewed journals. The latest is in the Oxford Journal. It shows that an organic compound "strongly inhibits bladder cancer development and progression."
What Happens When Bladder Cancer Meets AITC
The organic compound doing the work is an ester. It's called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC).
"The present investigation was designed to test the hypothesis that AITC-containing cruciferous vegetables also inhibit bladder cancer development," said Dr. Bhattacharya.
Broccoli is a crucifer often used in anti-cancer studies. That's nothing new. So these researchers went beyond broccoli.
"We focused on an AITC-rich mustard seed powder," said Dr. Bhattacharya.
In untreated control subjects with bladder cancer, researchers found that tumors invaded the surrounding muscles 71 percent of the time. In subjects treated with AITC, bladder cancer growth was cut by 34.5 percent. AITC also "blocked muscle invasion by 100 percent."
So AITC stopped the cancer from spreading to the muscles.
Dr. Anthony Di Pasqua is a bioinorganic chemist at the University of North Carolina. He conducted a study on AITC with Dr. Fung-Lung Chung at Georgetown University. They came to a similar conclusion.
"Our studies have shown that, once inside the cell, ITCs bind to proteins and that protein binding affinities are closely associated with the ability to induce apoptosis," said Dr. Di Pasqua. (Apoptosis is a type of programmed cell death, where a cell kills itself.)
Bladder tumors grow very fast. The most common treatments are surgery, radiation, and chemo. Sometimes, the entire bladder is removed.
How does AITC help?
You eat something that has AITC in it. The AITC ends up in your urine. The bladder stores urine. So bladder cancer cells are exposed to the AITC. And that's where AITC could cause the cells to commit suicide.
The Japanese Way to Battle Cancer
The newest cancer cure has 40 times more AITC than broccoli. It's called Wasabia japonica. Known to sushi lovers as wasabi.
Wasabi is a root vegetable. The Japanese grate it into a paste. They believe eating it improves health and fights off illness.
Other AITC-rich plants include mustard and horseradish. Like wasabi, they pack a lot of heat. The burn is from the AITC.
You can buy wasabi in many grocery stores. It's also offered in pill form. You can also try 100 percent pure Wasabia japonica powder.
Recommended Herbal Remedies
Medicinal Mushroom 100% Effective in Preventing Prostate Cancer Tumors
Every year, prostate cancer strikes 200,000 new victims.
Many turn to chemotherapy for treatment. Surgery and radiation are other options... But these so-called "solutions" come with devastating side effects. Urinary incontinence. Sexual dysfunction. Depression. And many others.
Worse, prostate cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death among men. So if the treatment doesn't kill you, the cancer could.
But you may never have to worry about struggling with prostate cancer or its upsetting side effects. That's because new research shows one organic compound can suppress prostate cancer stem cells. Before they have a chance to turn into tumors.
This compound is all-natural and free of side effects. But what's most exciting? Early research is showing that it's 100% effective.
This cancer-fighting agent is polysaccharopeptide (PSP). It's extracted from a unique mushroom that grows in the northern forests of Europe, Asia, and North America. And it has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
• Dr. Patrick Ling is a senior research fellow at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre in Queensland. He's also a member of the Institute of Biomedical Health & Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He obtained his master's and PhD degrees at the University of Hong Kong. His work focuses on the molecular mechanisms that underlie prostate cancer.
Dr. Ling recently tested PSP's ability to inhibit the activity of prostate cancer stem cells. The study was done in conjunction with the University of Hong Kong. The results appeared in PLoS ONE Journal, published by the Public Library of Science.
The prostate gland is located just below the bladder. It controls the release of urine and produces the milky fluid component of semen. It is vital to a man's sexual function.
Most prostate cancers grow slowly and are treatable. But some forms are aggressive. And the cancer spreads to the bones, lymph nodes, and other parts of the body.
Conventional treatments, including chemotherapy, have been effective in targeting some prostate cancer cells. But they have little effect on the stem cells. Dr. Ling wanted to find a way to stop the tumors from forming in the first place. So he targeted the stem cells.
His research team worked with two groups of mice that had the prostate cancer stem cells. They fed the PSP to one group for 20 weeks. At the end of the trial, none of the mice that consumed PSP had tumors. All of the mice in the other group developed prostate cancer.
“In the past, other inhibitors tested in research trials have been shown to be up to 70% effective, but we're seeing 100% of this tumor prevented from developing with PSP,” Dr. Ling said. “Importantly, we did not see any side effects from the treatment.”
What the Medicinal Mushroom Means for You
The mushroom that PSP is extracted from is the “Turkey Tail.” Also known as Coriolus versicolor or Yun-zhi. It's used in traditional Chinese medicine to protect against disease. In addition to its cancer-fighting properties, it is antimicrobial and antimalarial. And it boosts the immune system.
Turkey Tail mushrooms are tough. So they're usually boiled and made into a tea. But they can be chewed like bubble gum as well.
Turkey Tail extract is available as a supplement, too. You can find it dried or in capsules. The recommended dosage is 2 to 3 grams of the powder, taken three times per day for maximum benefit. It can also be mixed into food.
Turkey Tail herbal remedy