How can such a common mushroom harbor so many anti-cancer qualities? Credit its lectins, for starters-Agaricus bisporus lectin, or ABL for short, named for the button species, Agaricus bisporus, better known to you as white, baby brown or crimini, and adult portobellos.
Writer-researcher-broadcaster-producer Harriet Sugar Miller has been a freelance health journalist and cancer survivor for two decades. Before that, she practiced law with a large NYC firm. She’s passionate about helping others find holistic paths to health and wellness and blogs accordingly--at Zester Daily, www.eatandbeatcancer.com, glowingolder.com and weedsofwisdom.com. Look for her digital guide and cookbook, coming soon, on what to eat — and what to avoid — to prevent and survive cancer.
Certain proteins in peanuts, called peanut agglutinin (PNA), can fuel the spread of tumors, says a research team from the University of Liverpool. PNA is a type of lectin, proteins that stick to different molecules of carbohydrates, and the molecules that PNA targets are present in most human cancer cells.
12/13/2014 12:10 EST
Over the past few years, several studies have been published examining thousands of women with breast cancer to see if there is an association. Their conclusion? Soy does not fuel estrogen-sensitive cancers. In those studies, soy showed no adverse effects, did not interfere with drugs given to inhibit estrogen and in fact was associated with better outcomes.
10/24/2014 12:56 EDT
The sulfur compounds of the Vidalia onion are extremely healthy -- harbouring the potential to lower your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, to thin your blood, to bolster your immune system and to fight cancer directly by helping your liver detox carcinogens.
04/09/2013 12:34 EDT
Itching to know the best ways of preserving garlic's anti-cancer properties? Here's a primer, based on an interview with Dr. Suhasini Modem, a PhD in plant physiology at Michigan's Wayne State University who studies the potent species.
11/14/2012 05:14 EST
It's downright clitoral --- that sensitive, robust head hidden beneath the leaves, packed with positive energy just waiting to be released. Indeed, cabbage, like other cruciferous vegetables, is packed with anti-cancer compounds, but you have to know how to handle it to reap the special rewards. Here are some ideas.
10/26/2012 05:32 EDT
A year and a half after Fukushima and contamination levels in nearby fish are not declining as should be expected, reports marine chemist Dr. Ken Buesseler in an article appearing tomorrow in Science magazine. We need to know why, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientist has been saying publicly for months now.
10/25/2012 05:40 EDT
Know anyone who has breast cancer? Doing your best to avoid it? Then consider this: Studies are showing that flaxseed can protect against breast cancer and prolong survival in women who have it. For more than 20 years, the grande dame of flaxseed research, Dr. Lilian Thompson of the University of Toronto, has been studying the effects of flaxseed on cancer, especially in the breast.
08/03/2012 07:46 EDT
Lemons, lime, limonene. D-limonene, to be precise, is a member of a very fragrant class of molecules that abound in citrus-terpenoids or terpenes. And they've been shown to inhibit cancer cell progression and induce cell death. Here's how to make a refreshing limonene concoction.
07/12/2012 11:57 EDT
Open heart surgery in her infancy, two months on a respirator, her first five in hospital, nine more surgeries in her short 18 years. That's my courageous, loving, happy daughter, fortunately living in Canada, for I cannot imagine what it must cost in the U.S. to raise a special needs kid.
07/03/2012 07:54 EDT
Like other fermented foods, sauerkraut contains hefty amounts of beneficial bacteria -- and those bacteria ferment the fiber you eat to produce butyrate, a powerful fatty acid. That's right! The stuff that you lather on top of your hot dogs actually fights cancer, and here's how!
06/25/2012 05:08 EDT
Bush-whacking the environment. That's the best way to describe Stephen Harper's George W. Bush-esque approach: When you can't change the laws with public approval, just go ahead and do it any way you can. Unlike Bush, however, much of what Harper is doing is perfectly legit.
06/11/2012 05:31 EDT
We've learned recently that radiation from Fukushima has travelled to North America in the form of fish, though at low doses. How will history's largest accidental deposit of radiation in the ocean affect our Pacific fish? And will any of these contaminated plants or fish work their way up the food chain or directly onto our North American plates?
05/30/2012 05:15 EDT
Because all the species of salmon differ in the quantity and quality of their fat, your weekly ration will depend on the type you're eyeing. With sockeye, you'd need around a small can a week. With pink, you could almost double that amount. Here's the difference between wild, farmed and organic, and what you're getting out of each.
05/19/2012 12:35 EDT
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