Posted by Seminal Wellness Team on 11/5/2023 to News
It doesn't get more dire than a cancer diagnosis. Just the word cancer—a debilitating, and often deadly, condition caused by an unrestrained division of abnormal cells in the body—immediately conjures up a foreboding anxiety and doom, as if you've started careening down an exit ramp to darkness. Could we take a different perspective though? Rather than cancer spelling a brutal, painful end perhaps it can lead to a renewed, revitalizes beginning. Recent studies suggest that a more effective way to combat cancer may be in renewing and reinvigorating cells, rather than excising or killing them—along with the unfortunate bystanders, healthy cells, that often lie in chemo's path. Below, we'll look the promising role of adaptogens, exercise's impact on cancer metastasis, the power of perspective on cancer spread, and foods that can trigger cell regeneration.
Adaptogens and Cell Regeneration
Adaptogens—active ingredients in specific plants and fungi that influence how your body responds to stress, anxiety, and fatigue (Cleveland Clinic, 2023)—have been found to reduce cancer risk and cancer metastasis or spread (Liao et al., 2020). The nine most commonly used adaptogens in cancer therapy—withania somnifera, tinospora cordifolia, rhodiola rosea, emblica officinalis, glycyrrhiza glabra, bacopa monnieri, asparagus racemosus, ocimum sanctum, and panax notoginseng—not only strengthen the respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, immune, and gastrointestinal tracts, reducing risk of chronic diseases like cancer; they also serve as effective chemopreventive agents, in isolation or in tandem with chemo drugs, across multiple cancers by centering on intracellular target proteins (Sulaiman & Lakshmanan, 2022). Particularly, astralagus membranaceus—with its phytoconstituents of formononetin, astragalus polysaccharide, and astragalosides has been shown to detoxify the body and significantly reduce oxidative stress inflicted by colorectal, ovarian, stomach, liver, lung, cervical, breast, and nasopharyngeal cancer along with lymphomas (Sheik et al., 2021). Aside from adaptogens' proven rehabilitative effects in cancer treatment, these potent phytonutrients are easily digestible, readily absorbed by healthy cells, and non-toxic. These features allow consumption of adaptogens to result in little to no side effects, in marked contrast to chemotherapy.
An added benefit is that adaptogens are conveniently available. Ginger, ginseng, goji berries, and mushrooms—including cordyceps, reishi, and chaga (Fisher, 2020)—can easily be found at your local grocer, and integrated into dishes as ingredients, garnishes, or seasonings. They also make for healthy snacks on the go. These plant-based, cancer fighters are in Seminal's products as well. Seminal has created cellulysts—plant-based detoxifiers that repair, restore, and rejuvenate cells—which raise energy, repair damage, and optimize physiology (kindly see the links below). PotenSeed helped a leukemia patient off dialysis, and a kidney-cancer patient, who will be monitored for the next year, just began taking Poten-C, Seminal's antioxidant detoxifier, to promising results.
It bears mentioning that adaptogens may be unsafe for certain populations, including pregnant and breastfeeding women; diabetics; people with low or high blood pressure (hypotension or hypertension, respectively); people with, or who have a history of, stomach ulcers; those with autoimmune disorders (especially thyroid disorders); and, surgery candidates (Stasnopolis, 2020). Please consult with a medical practitioner before beginning any cancer treatment.
Exercise can Reduce Metastasis
Physical activity can help cell regeneration, and limit cancer growth. Long-term resistance training may be the best for increasing autophagy—programmed cell death involving the removal of worn-out, decrepit cellular components for the growth of strong, vital ones—and spurring cell growth (Sheloukhova, 2023). Plus, those engaging in strength training have demonstrated a decreased risk of kidney cancer, and tend to live longer than non-active peers with the disease (Rojas-Burke, 2017). Active individuals also had a lower rate of cancer recurrence (Rojas-Burke, 2017). Results of a 2022 study indicated that high-intensity aerobic exercise increased organs' glucose consumption, starving tumors, experts believe, of the energy required for growth (JoJack, 2022). Researchers determined 72% less metastatic activity in subjects who routinely engaged in high-intensity aerobic activity (JoJack, 2022). Specifically, cell burst training—short bursts of vigorous exercise followed by approximately two minutes of lower-intensity activity—lowers cancer risk. Men regularly engaging in HIIT exercise not only showed lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and lower PSA velocities (the rate of change in PSA levels over time), they also experienced slower prostate cancer cell growth (Solan, 2021). So, among the best responses to cancer is to keep pushing and to keep moving.
The Power of Perspective in Cancer Spread
Health is a whole-body process—mind, body, and spirit; so, an instrumental part of cell regeneration is optimal mental health. Autophagy is linked to well-being. Depression has been shown to result in the loss of gray matter—brain cells that drive focus, judgment, and analysis—due to spikes in cortisol, concomitants of stress, which impede brain-cell growth (Trifu et al., 2020). Conversely, endorphins—elicited in times of joy, enthusiasm, and excitement—appear to facilitate the transport of polyamines, organic compounds that regulate cellular functions, and enhance cell growth (Ientile et al., 1997). So, how can you maintain your mental health when adversities, like cancer? Celebrate every victory. Whether it was a slowdown in progression, spending time with loved ones, or being active, rejoice in all the little "wins" and not letting cancer rob you of the precious moments. Be proud of yourself for how far you have made it. Know that each day is a victory; and, doing the best you can, with each moment you have, is a feat to admire. Take the cancer journey, the cancer challenge, as an opportunity to show yourself how strong you can be. In weathering the diagnosis, going through the grueling treatments and therapies, and still being there for your family, you will discover a strength you only thought you had. And, remember those who have always loved you, let them in, and bring them along on the journey. Loved ones will help you find your strength, and see the good that truly lies in the everyday. Most of all, remember from where your strength comes. The Source has always looked after you, and, no matter where the journey ends, It will continue to.
Foods that can Kindle Cell Regeneration
Besides restructuring your exercise regimen and state-of-mind, reformatting your diet will also facilitate cell regeneration, and can combat cancer. Foods high in antioxidants—particularly vitamins A, B12, C, D, and E—and key minerals—namely beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, and selenium—help in ridding toxins, optimizing apoptosis (programmed, normal cell death), repairing cell damage, and igniting cell development, all of which aid in combating cancer. Some of these powerful foods are:
- Nuts and Seeds (be mindful of any allergies)
- Burro Bananas ("chunky bananas," squarish in shape)
- Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, black cod, etc.)
(Regeneration Center of Thailand, 2023; Stem Cell Care India, 2016)
Along with the above, a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables—which contain sulforaphane, a plant compound with potential anticancer properties— fiber, and heart-healthy fats (mono- and poly-unsaturated fats) lay the fertile infrastructure for cell renewal, and optimized recovery.
Of course, additional inquiry is needed to determine a definitive cancer cure. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that the best approach may be working from the inside—repairing, recharging, and renewing your cells—out. Evidently, you've always had the cure.
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