If there’s one dietary change that even the mainstream embraces for cancer patients… it’s to eat more cruciferous vegetables.
These “cabbage cousins” – including kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts – are such cancer-fighting heroes, conventional docs will tell ANYBODY to eat more of them to reduce your risk.
But if you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer, it’s not too late…
And there’s one cruciferous vegetable among the Brassicaceae plants that can KILL tumors… and slow or even stop the progression of the disease.
You won’t find it in the produce aisle…
Because MOST folks are focused on ERADICATING it as a weed!
Here’s why we should WELCOME its overgrowth… rather than trying to WHACK it!
The ‘condiment cure’ for cancer
In certain areas of this country, “mustard” has become a dirty word.
No, not the yellow, spicy, or Dijon varieties found on your dinner table…
But the black mustard (Brassica nigra) that grows like a weed throughout hillsides and lawns of carefully manicured landscapes… where it’s UNWELCOME, to say the least.
The flowers along the branched stems can FILL a green tableau with bursts of yellow.
It’s pretty… but most gardeners and landowners consider it a PEST.
That’s only because humans lost all control of this this hardy plant, when it ESCAPED cultivation… and spread like gangbusters.
If we could only figure out how to rein it in… and harness its medicinal value… we might find ourselves with a NEVER-ENDING supply of this chemotherapeutic condiment!
Its seeds are more pungent than those of white or brown mustards – and that’s where you’ll find its potent anticancer activity.
Folk traditions have used it to treat head and neck cancers for as long as anybody can remember.
Plagued by throat tumors? Gargle with black mustard.
Black mustard exhibits the TWO TENTPOLE characteristics of any powerful cancer fighter:
- antioxidant: Phenolic compounds like catechin, epicatechin, gallic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and rutin contribute to free radical scavenging.
- anti-inflammatory: Its flavonoid content protects cells against damage caused by reactive oxygen species. A 2011 study found that the leaf extract’s ability to reduce inflammation was equivalent to that of the drug phenylbutazone!
The key may be in its content of natural antioxidants known as nortropane alkaloids – compounds found in nearly all brassica vegetables.
But that’s not all…
Because black mustard also contains oleic acid, the chief fatty acid found in olive oil.
A 2017 study out of China found that oleic acid helps treat tongue squamous cell carcinomas by inducing “cell suicide” (a.k.a. apoptosis).
The tumors STOPPED GROWING.
And previous studies have shown that oleic acid can inhibit the expression of genes involved in the development and progression of cancer.
There’s even MORE to praise about black mustard’s benefits to cancer patients…
Because if your mainstream treatments have left you nauseous… vomiting… and unable to keep anything down… the bitter flavor of Brassica nigra (thanks to cruciferous compounds known as glucosinolates) acts as an appetite stimulant.
Look for black mustard seed in capsule form in the supplement aisle or online.