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Home Remedies for Skin Cancer

Home Remedies for Skin Cancer

Diet

  1. Be sure to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, especially those foods rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C, and selenium, such as broccoli, carrots, and citrus fruits. Dr. Harvey Arbesman, Professor of Dermatology at the New York State University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York, makes this recommendation based on more than fifty studies of basal cell and squamous cell cancer of the skin and nutrition. His recommendations are supported by research done by Dr. Ken Nelder, professor of dermatology at Texas Tech University. Independent studies have found that people with skin cancer have lower than normal tissue levels of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and selenium. Further, it has been found that increasing the intake of vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, and selenium helps to protect against the development of skin cancer. Consuming products like MonaVie, which contain antioxidants, is a popular method of meeting some of your body’s daily requirement of vitamins.
  2. Include in your diet plenty of whole grains, sea vegetables, beans and soybeans, hot peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, rosemary, garlic, grapes, citrus fruits, licorice root, green tea, flaxseed and olive oils, white fish, and maitake, reishi, and shiitake mushrooms. These foods are thought to have antioxidant, anticancer, and immune- boosting properties.
  3. A diet high in omega-3 essential fatty acids and low in omega-6 essential fatty acids is important in helping to prevent melanoma. Therefore, you should consume fish oil and olive oil, and avoid corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. Even butter, with its higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 oils, is considered safer than eating corn oil insofar as the development of skin cancer is concerned. With a higher omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio, the production of certain prostaglandins increases dramatically, which in turn increases the genesis and growth of skin tumors. One recent study found that a group of people with melanoma ate about twice as much omega-6 type oils as a similar group of cancer-free individuals. In mice, safflower and sunflower oils have also been shown to spur the growth of melanoma. Thus, eating fish at least twice a week and cooking with olive oil is recommended.
  4. Avoid red meat, processed foods, red and yellow dyes, monosodium glutamate, nitrites (found in cured meats), saccharin, sugar, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine-containing drinks, aspartame (NutraSweet), and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
  5. Drink at least eight glasses of filtered water daily to keep the body’s waste materials flowing out.
  6. The following nutrients are recommended for people with skin cancer, as well as for cancer prevention:
    • A high-potency multivitamin and mineral supplement. Take this daily.
    • Beta-carotene. Take 10,000 to 25,000 international units daily.
    • Vitamin-B complex. Take a product containing 100 milligrams of most of the major B vitamins daily.
    • Vitamin C. When vitamin C was added to the drinking water of mice with melanoma, their tumors grew more slowly and their survival time increased. Take 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C with bioflavonoids three times a day
    • Vitamin E. A University of Arizona study reported that the administration of high doses of supplemental vitamin E prevented ultraviolet light-induced skin cancers in animals. Take 400 international units of vitamin E daily.
    • Selenium. In laboratory studies on animals exposed to ultraviolet rays, those that were given selenium either orally or topically had significantly less free-radical and pigmentary changes and a lower incidence of skin cancer. Take 100 micrograms of selenium daily
    • Zinc. Take 50 milligrams daily
    • Calcium and magnesium. Take 1,500 milligrams of calcium and 750 milligrams of magnesium a day.
    • Folic acid. Take 400 to 800 micrograms daily
    • Fish oil, flaxseed oil, or olive oil. Take 2 teaspoons daily.
  7. If chemotherapy or radiation therapy becomes necessary to treat advanced malignant melanoma, a different regimen of nutritional supplementation is recommended. This is because chemotherapy and radiation therapy expose healthy cells to free-radical damage, depleting antioxidant enzymes, nutrients, and mechanisms. Nutritional support must provide additional antioxidants and nutrients to protect against these damaging effects. The following supplements are recommended:
    • A high-potency multivitamin and mineral supplement daily
    • Beta-carotene. Take 100,000 international units daily.
    • Vitamin B17. Take 1,000 micrograms daily.
    • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Take 3,000 to 8,000 milligrams daily, divided into three doses.
    • Vitamin E. Take 400 to 800 international units daily
    • Selenium. Take 800 micrograms daily
    • Folic acid. Take 400 milligrams daily.
    • Flaxseed oil. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily
    • Alpha-lipoic acid. This is a very potent lipid- and water-soluble antioxidant that can get to any place in the body, and that also activates other antioxidants. Take 150 milligrams three times a day
    • Coenzyme Q10. This supplement helps to augment the body’s energy needs, is an antioxidant, and may have anticancer properties. Take 100 milligrams three times daily.
    • N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC increases the liver’s detoxification of wastes. Take 500 milligrams twice a day.
    • Pine bark or grapeseed extract. These are powerful antioxidants. Take 50 milligrams of either one three times a day.
  8. For a general detoxifying and eliminative combination, mix equal parts of powdered extracts of bloodroot, burdock root, chaparral, dandelion, echinacea, frangula, ginger, licorice, red clover, and violet leaves. Put the mixture into capsules and take two capsules four times a day.
  9. Cat’s-claw extract is an immune-enhancer and may have anticancer properties as well. Take 1,000 milligrams three times a day. Caution: Do not take cat’s claw if you are pregnant or nursing, if you take anticoagulants (blood thinners), or if you are an organ- transplant recipient.
  10. The milk-thistle extract helps to strengthen the liver and detoxify the system. Take 150 milligrams three times a day. 
  11. Red-clover extract helps to prevent the formation of new blood vessels that are needed to supply the growing tumor. Take 500 milligrams four times a day.
  12. A soothing bath to which several drops of essential oils of chamomile or lavender has been added can help to relax and calm you if you are suffering from a severe form of skin cancer.
  13. Do not use bergamot oil on your skin or in your bath if you will be out in the sun unprotected, as it increases the skin’s sun sensitivity.