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These Vegetables Beat Chemo

Cancer is the biggest public health burden of mankind today. It kills 7 million annually, not to mention stripping the livelihood, dignity and future health of survivors who have treated it with radiation and chemotherapy. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want alternative health to pose any impositions to their stronghold on cancer “treatment.” An insane amount of annual revenue chemotherapy and radiation produces is at stake.

But that hasn’t stopped the underground world of affordable alternative health from working towards finding cures and treatments. And one fascinating food is parsley. Parsley, a typical meal garnish, contains an extremely powerful and promising molecule called apigenin which has been shown to be a potent anti-cancer compound. It works by inhibiting the replication of cancer cells and at the same time, supporting the health of non-cancer cells.

What does the science say?

According to a review from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, it’s the real deal.

Considerable attention has been devoted to identifying plant-derived dietary agents which could be developed as promising chemopreventives. One such agent is apigenin. A naturally occurring plant flavone (4′, 5, 7,-trihydroxyflavone) abundantly present in common fruits and vegetables including parsley, onions, oranges, tea, chamomile, wheat sprouts, celery, artichokes, thyme, lemon balm and some seasonings. Apigenin has been shown to possess remarkable anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. In the last few years, significant progress has been made in studying the biological effects of apigenin at cellular and molecular levels. This review examines the cancer chemopreventive effects of apigenin in an organ-specificity format, evaluating its limitations and its considerable potential for development as a cancer chemopreventive agent. (source)

Apigenin has been extensively studied in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. This 2015 article and this lengthy review article from 2010 really spell out the details:

Breast cancer is one of the most common causes of the death among women worldwide…Surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are among the limited treatment options for breast cancer. Thus, there is growing need to find new chemopreventive agents that may be effective in prevention and/or management of breast cancer. Natural products such as flavonoids provide a variety of anticancer compounds which can be useful for prevention or treatment of breast cancer. The usefulness of dietary phytochemicals in the prevention of this disease is supported by a plethora of experimental and epidemiological studies. Apigenin, a well-known flavone found in several dietary plant foods such as parsley, celery, thyme, celeriac, chamomile, onions, lemon balm, and oranges has been studied extensively.

The best way to get larger doses of apigenin from parsley is to prepare it the same as you would prepare free-leaf tea, and toss in a spot of lemon, natural sugars or stevia. Another way is to add parsley to your green smoothie. Rather than chopping up piles and piles of parsley, you may want to order it in bulk.

Wellness Soldier particularly likes to promote products from Frontier Co-op. An American company based in Iowa, they have been in business since 1976. Their products are certified organic, non-GMO, Kosher, and non-irradiated. It doesn’t get any better than that!  They offer the parsley in 1lb or 2lb packages.

The next time you want to skip your greens or toss that parsley garnish off your plate, think again. It may be the most important part of your meal.

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