Little-known plant extract may be a game-changer in cancer care

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hibiscus-extract(NaturalHealth365)  Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a moment that turns lives upside down.  For women across the United States, breast cancer is a constant concern, with colorectal cancer not far behind as a leading cause of cancer-related deaths.  But while conventional treatments often come with unwanted side effects, there’s a ray of hope in hibiscus extract.

This natural remedy opens new possibilities for cancer research and offers a much-needed sense of optimism to patients and their families facing the challenging road ahead.

Hibiscus extract helps to selectively kill colorectal and breast cancer cells

A recent study published in Nutrients examined the impact of extracts from Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (HAs) containing anthocyanins on colorectal cancer cells in laboratory settings.  What they uncovered was remarkable: these extracts prompted cancer cells to undergo apoptosis, a crucial process where cancer cells essentially self-destruct.

How did this happen?  By activating multiple pathways governed by AMPK, a key player in regulating energy levels within cells.  What’s intriguing is that this apoptotic response was dose- and time-dependent, showing a more robust effect with higher doses and longer exposure periods.

In another study, researchers investigated hibiscus extract with chemotherapy drugs like cisplatin and taxol.  They discovered it could selectively kill cancer cells in estrogen-receptor-positive and triple-negative breast cancer cells.  Even more importantly, the study found that adding hibiscus extract to chemotherapy treatment enhanced the agent’s ability to kill cancer cells compared to the chemo treatment alone.

While hibiscus extract proves useful for breast cancer, the study showed it was particularly beneficial for the treatment of generally resistant triple-negative breast cancer.  Yet, the use of hibiscus is still selective for the preservation of healthy cells.  Researchers believe this natural intervention may be able to help lower chemotherapy dosages and reduce toxicity linked to this treatment option.

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It’s worth noting that if you decide to treat cancer without chemotherapy, you should work with a qualified (experienced) holistic doctor to help guide you along the way.  Hibiscus extract should not be considered the “magic” solution but, rather, a safe addition to your immune-enhancing program.

Editor’s note: Please understand that we do not recommend any particular treatment option for cancer.  However, we strongly believe that patients should be well informed about their options before making any healthcare decision.

Additional health benefits of hibiscus extract

In addition to recent studies demonstrating its ability to help fight colorectal and breast cancer, hibiscus extract offers a variety of other health benefits.  Notably, hibiscus has shown promise in addressing urinary tract infections (UTIs), a common ailment often managed with antibiotics.  However, given the side effects and concerns about antibiotic resistance associated with antibiotics, many are turning to alternatives like hibiscus.

Multiple studies have highlighted hibiscus’s potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it a valuable option for managing UTIs and natural treatments.  But its benefits don’t stop there.  Hibiscus extract may also contribute to managing diabetes, addressing metabolic syndrome, enhancing memory, and offering protection against kidney stones and liver issues.

Moreover, its antioxidant properties are believed to support heart health and bolster the immune system.  While generally considered safe, it’s essential to exercise caution, as hibiscus extract may lower blood sugar and blood pressure.  It’s advisable to consult with a holistic healthcare professional before incorporating this supplement into your routine, particularly if you have diabetes or are on blood pressure medication.

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