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The Herb That Cuts Off Energy Supply to Cancers

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Kyle J. Norton

Herbal calendula may process a profound and sustainable effect in inhibited the key step in tumor angiogenesis, some scientists suggested.

Angiogenesis is the process that develops new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels by invasive tumors to provide energy(nutrition and fluids) for cancerous cells growth and proliferation. 

Cancers are the class of diseases caused by alternation of DNA that initiates healthy cells to  grow disorderly and uncontrollably.

At the later stage, the cancerous cells may travel a distant away from the original site to infect healthy cells of other tissue and organs.

Cancers are the second leading cause of death worldwide besides heart diseases. 

According to statistic from the Canada Government, approximately 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer during their life time, and 1 in 4 will die from the disease.

Most common types of cancer in Canada include lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. And these 4 cancers are account for half of all cancers diagnosed in Canada.

Believe or not, 1/4 of cancer deaths are due to lung cancer.

Depending to types of cancer, people with cancers may experience general and specific symptoms.

The American Cancer Society wrote, ”A cancer may also cause symptoms like fever, extreme tiredness (fatigue), or weight loss. (This may be) because cancer cells use up much of the body’s energy supply, or they may release substances that change the way the body makes energy from food. Cancer can also cause the immune system to react in ways that produce these signs and symptoms” and “ Sometimes, cancer cells release substances into the bloodstream that cause symptoms that are not usually linked to cancer. For example, some cancers of the pancreas can release substances that cause blood clots in veins of the legs”.

DNA alternation is the major cause of the diseases.

Some researchers suggested, smoking, radiation, viruses, carcinogens, obesity, hormones, chronic inflammation,…. and physical inactivity are associated to increased risk of cancers.

Calendula is also known as pot marigold, a annual or perennial herbaceous plants of about 12–20 species of genus Calendula, belongings to the family Asteraceae, native to Southern Europe.

The herb has been used in traditional medicine as spasmolytic, spasmogenic, inflammatory agent and to treat abdominal cramps, wound healing, skin diseases, colitis,…. and constipation.

Chemicals Compounds
Beside major chemical constituents of triterpenoids, flavonoids, coumarines, quinones, volatile oil,carotenoids and amino acids, the herb also contains loliolide (calendin), calendulin,…. and n-paraffins.

The study of Calendula against the Angiogenesis of most solid tumors, suggested that calendula consists a strong and positive effect in suppressed tumors growth through its anti infectiously endothelial cells proliferation(1).

Application of calendula extract also displayed antiangiogenic activity through a direct inhibitory activity against the key step in tumor angiogenesis(1).

Furthermore, according to Universidad de Granada, the extract exhibited cytotoxic tumor cell activity, induced lymphocyte activation in vivo against tumor growth of Ando-2 melanoma cells and prolonged the survival days of the mice, through cell cycle arrest in G0/G1 phase and Caspase-3-induced apoptosis(2).

Caspase 3 is one of member of caspases that acts as crucial mediator in programmed cell death (apoptosis).

On lung metastasis by B16F-10 melanoma cells in C57BL/6 mice, calendula officinalis flower extract  reduced the lung tumor nodules by 74% with 43.3% increase in life span, probably through the inhibition of key enzymes involved in processes of metastasis(3).

These results suggested that herbal calendula officinalis and its extracts processed cytotoxic activity in induction of tumor cells apoptosis by blocking cancer in facilitated growth, invasion, and metastasis.

However, further data collection on large example size and multi centers studies performed with human consumption of the whole food during the course of the disease will be necessary to complete the picture of herbal calendula anti cancer possibilities.
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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrients, All right reserved)
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published on line, including world wide health, ezine articles, article base, healthblogs, selfgrowth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada – Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Screening the antiangiogenic activity of medicinal plants grown and sold in Jordan by Zihlif M1, Afifi F, Muhtaseb R, Al-Khatib S, Abaza I, Naffa R.(PubMed)
(2) A new extract of the plant Calendula officinalis produces a dual in vitro effect: cytotoxic anti-tumor activity and lymphocyte activation by Jiménez-Medina E1, Garcia-Lora A, Paco L, Algarra I, Collado A, Garrido F.(PubMed)
(3) Inhibition of metastasis of B16F-10 melanoma cells in C57BL/6 mice by an extract of Calendula officinalis L flowers by Preethi KC1, Siveen KS, Kuttan R, Kuttan G.(PubMed)

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  • truck driver

    I thought Canada doesn’t like people from the us going inside Canada




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