(NaturalHealth365) It’s a popular seasoning for cuisines around the globe – a warm mixture of nutmeg, cloves, black pepper and cinnamon. But researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine say allspice can help men prevent prostate cancer.
Their study showed that a compound found within allspice can actually help to slow the growth of prostate cancer. Further, research may even uncover that the seasoning holds properties favorable to prostate cancer prevention. Their study on allspice as a preventive and cure for the second biggest killer among men was published online in the Oxford Journals’ Carcinogenesis.
Slowing the advancement of a deadly cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 14 percent of men can expect to receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer in their lifetime. About 1 in 38 men diagnosed with prostate cancer will die of this disease. So, how can allspice help?
Allspice is native to Jamaica, the world’s largest exporter of the seasoning, where it is derived from a dried, unripe berry of a native evergreen. The University of Miami researchers discovered that the compound known as Ericifolin in allspice has the ability to suppress androgen receptors. It is understood that the androgen receptor plays a critical role in the growth of cancerous tumors in the prostate. Androgen, also called androgenic hormone or testoid, is a hormone that controls the development of male characteristics by binding to androgen receptors.
Tumors in the prostate use androgens, especially testosterone, for growth. Making use of the Ericifolin compound in allspice, it may be possible to develop a treatment utilizing androgen deprivation therapy, or hormone therapy, to effectively treat aggressive prostate cancer. If the receptor can be blocked or made ineffective, then the tumor will no longer be able to consume the hormone and advance.
In laboratory animals, Ericifolin was found to slow cancer growth by as much as 50 percent. The next step in the research is to determine if allspice can prevent prostate cancer from ever getting a start. It has also been shown, following the laboratory experiment involving mice and prostate cancer cells, that the same aqueous allspice extract could be effective in slowing the growth of breast cancer cells, raising the possibility that multiple components found in allspice could be identified as combatants for a variety of cancer types.
A better answer than toxic pharmaceutical substances
While a number of pharmaceuticals have been developed to block the androgen receptors, none have been found to be as effective at the job as the natural alternative of using allspice. In addition, unlike drugs developed to treat prostate cancer, allspice is nontoxic.
Most synthetic drugs come with a long list of negative side effects. These include impotence, hot flushes, sweating, fatigue, weakness, tenderness in the breast, and flare pain in the area of the tumor. As treatment with these drugs continues, longer-term (unwanted) side effects can develop, including memory loss, weight gain, depression, moodiness, osteoporosis and risk of early heart attack.
Adding the health benefits of allspice to your diet
Pound for pound, allspice is believed to have more antioxidants than any other spice. The good news is, that means you don’t have to consume the seasoning in large quantities to benefit from its cancer-fighting attributes.
Researchers of the Miami study are not suggesting that allspice be eaten at every meal, but rather that the slow and consistent consumption of the seasoning could allow men to reap its natural health benefits in the fight against prostate cancer. Given the preliminary findings that point to the potential for additional cancer-fighting properties, everyone could benefit from the addition of allspice to their diets.
Allspice is just one of several dietary changes that could slow the advancement of prostate cancer. Other prostate cancer-fighting foods include green tea, broccoli, turmeric and pomegranate.
Cancer & Hearth Disease
Natural Health 365
Natural Health 365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The Food & Nutrition articles found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on eating healthy, nutritious foods and safely using supplements and vitamins to achieve optimal health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you up to date on the latest information! Articles range in topic from the causes of cancer, cancer-fighting foods, to natural cancer treatments, cancer prevention & specific research-backed information on Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, etc. We also write extensively on Heart Disease because it is accounts for 25% of all deaths in the United States – that’s one in four! We take an in depth look at the symptoms of heart disease, the causes and treatment of high blood pressure, benefits of CoQ10 and healthy, natural ways to unclog arteries.
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Grape Seed Extract More Effective than Chemotherapy, Olive Oil is AWESOME, Store Bought Almond Milk is Basically Just Sugar Water, Antioxidants, Cancer & Blueberries.
More Food & Nutrition Articles
Fresh Organic Produce Fights Cancer, Susan G. Komen on Organic Foods, Hemp Seeds for Inflammation, Pau D’Arco For Improved Immunity
In addition to publishing articles on cutting edge natural cancer treatments and heart disease prevention, we also aim to connect healthy lifestyles, diets and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to long-lasting cancer-free health and adding happy years to your life. For example, did you know that the amount of emotional stress in your life can contribute to your risk of cancer? Or that raw, expeller-pressed olive oil has cancer fighting qualities? Perhaps you didn’t know that Fresh Organic Produce has been found to have higher concentrations of key, cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins than conventional produce? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
Join Our Email List
Each day, visitors sign up for our weekly informative news sent directly to their email or RSS feed agregator. We send out three weekly emails keeping you informed and involved on the latest Natural Health News, information about our FREE SHOWS and updates on your favorite topics including Food & Nutrition, Cancer & Heart Disease, Vaccines & Autism, & – of course – GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals!
You can also check out our VIP member area, The Inner Circle, where you get access to thousands of recorded interview (audio/video), pod casts, & literature by some of the worlds foremost experts on Natural Health and Treatments that could save you thousands! Learn how to REVERSE disease without the use of toxic and expensive medications.
Natural Health 365 also is a venue for webinars on various topics, has a flourishing e-commerce store where you can purchase vitamins, pro biotics, supplements and unique products such as Grazing Goat Whey Protein.
Grazing Goat Whey Protein™ is formulated exclusively for the health-conscious consumer looking for the finest whey protein nutritional supplement on the planet.* Best of all, this goat whey protein comes from goats that graze – 365 days per year – on pesticide and chemical free pastures. No hormones, antibiotics or pesticides are used – ever. This product is non-GMO and gluten free.