Nobody ever wants to talk about “the C word.”
But the older we get, the more we worry about cancer.
And that’s especially true when it comes to colon cancer.
Colon cancer is scary… it can upend your whole life… but it’s by no means a death sentence.
Because if you catch it early enough… and SPRING into action… the five-year survival rate tops out at over 90%.
Fortunately, there’s an old Greek secret that DESTROYS colon cancer cells like a targeted missile.
And there’s a good chance that no doctor has ever mentioned it to you.
A cancer-fighting herb from an ancient Greek battlefield
Of all the foods that the Mediterranean has to offer, fennel might be the most valuable when it comes to colon cancer.
As an herb, it’s about as ancient as they come. The infamous Battle of Marathon – when the Greeks fought off a Persian invasion in 490 B.C. – was literally fought in a field of fennel.
You probably already know that fennel is high in fiber – and that’s essential to keeping things moving through and out of your plumbing down there. (That’s why it’s also used as a cure for constipation.)
But you may not have heard that making a “clean sweep” of your colon keeps irregular cells from aggregating into polyps, which are a common precursor to colon cancer.
All of the parts of the fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare) can be used for culinary purposes – including the bulb and leaves – but it’s the extract from fennel seed that’s really taken the spotlight in scientific studies.
In 2015, researchers out of Egypt found that fennel seed extract induces “cell suicide” (a.k.a. apoptosis) in colon carcinoma cells.
That means that instead of killing them directly, the extract somehow convinces the cancer cells to “off” themselves.
And a 2016 report out of Tennessee State University found that fennel seed extract can also inhibit the growth of existing colon cancer cells.
It appears that fennel gets much of its cancer-killing power from an aromatic oil called anethole (a.k.a. “anise camphor”). Studies have shown it be a powerful weapon against cancer cells.
Fennel’s got even more up its sleeve when it comes to colon cancer, because it also contains:
- selenium, which can improve your body’s own immune response by stimulating the production of killer T-cells.
- choline, which puts out the flames of chronic inflammation, a common culprit behind cancer.
- antioxidants like vitamins A and C and beta-carotene, which can reverse the damage caused by free radicals that often leads to cancer.
Foeniculum vulgare isn’t the same as “sweet” fennel or even “wild” fennel (a.k.a. anise), so don’t mix the different varieties up.
You can get the cancer-fighting variety of fennel seed as a supplement in capsule form from several quality makers