Cancer preventive substances

It has long been known that certain herbal products protect against cancer. It is believed that certain ingredients have a protective effect. However, studies that prove the effectiveness of the individual substances are still missing.

Better fruits and vegetables than artificial supplements

It is becoming more and more convincing that herbal ingredients do not act in isolation but in combination with cancer prevention. Individual substances are available separately in tablet form. However, recent studies show that such preparations are less effective or even may have an undesirable effect. For example, studies on the effectiveness of vitamins (beta-carotene) have shown this. Therefore, it is far more appropriate to prefer natural active ingredient suppliers (fruits and vegetables).

Substances that are believed to protect against cancer:


Effect: protection of the genetic material

protective effectCancer preventive substanceNatural source (s)
Colon, lung, and breast cancerPolyphenol compoundsgreen tea
Duodenal and skin cancerEpigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)green tea
Esophagus cancerpolyphenolsFruits and nuts
Skin, breast, colon cancercurcuminSpices like curry or turmeric


Effect: control of cell division

protective effectCancer preventive substanceNatural source (s)
different cancersmonoterpenescitrus fruits
colon cancercalciumMilk, cheese, meat
different cancersVitamin A and related substances (carotenoids)Vegetables, fruits, animal products


Effect: Detoxification of carcinogenic substances

protective effectCancer preventive substanceNatural source (s)
esophagusSulfur compounds, sulfur-containing amino acidsLeeks (garlic, onions, leeks)
Liver, lung, breast cancerisothiocyanatesCruciferous vegetables (cabbage: cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts)


Effect: Reduction of cancer-promoting activity

protective effectCancer preventive substanceNatural source (s)
Oesophageal, colon, lung cancersulfur compoundsLeeks (garlic, onions, leeks)
Liver, lung, breast cancerisothiocyanatesCruciferous vegetables (cabbage: cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts)
Breast and pancreatic cancermonoterpenesCitrus fruits (oranges, mandarins)
Colon and skin cancerflavonoidsRed wine, fruits, certain spices
Colonic, lung, skin cancerpolyphenolsblack tea
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