Breast cancer is one of the most feared disease in women.
Just ask any women who have suffered from this deadly disease. They will have stories to tell you.
Drug, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the standard treatment options in modern society for most forms of cancer.
Many educated women are recognizing that there may be alternative and natural treatment options that many cancer patients use to support their conventional therapy.
Indeed, it is always a smart idea to approach the prevention and treatment of cancer from different angles.
There are many natural remedies for breast cancer that patients are using throughout the world.
We will endeavour to give you a comprehensive list of supplements recommended by health care experts in the field of alternative and complimentary medicine.
|Natural Remedies||What experts say about these natural remedies for breast cancer|
|Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)|| (What's this?)
Evidence is mounting that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may have a growing role in the prevention of breast cancer.
CoQ10 is shown to improve the oxygenation process in cells and it possesses potent antioxidant activities.
See the article Thinking of Taking CoQ10 for Breast Cancer? for the full report.
Suggested Dose: Start with 100 mg daily and increase to a higher dose as directed by your health care professional.
In one study done in Europe, it was shown that a higher intake of garlic resulted in a progressively lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Experts not agree on the exact mechanism on how garlic exerts its anticancer effect but many of them agree that there will be some benefit in increasing garlic consumption.
Suggested Dose: Take 600 mg of garlic (in capsule or tablet format) one to two times daily. Dose may be higher if suggested by your health care practitioner.
One study suggested a link between low levels of melatonin and an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Experts are not certain if this was an accidental correlation or that they are due to a direct cause and effect relationship.
However, in lab studies, breast cancer cells exposed to low levels of melatonin had a slower growth rate.
As well, in another study, giving melatonin supplements along with using conventional breast cancer therapy prolonged the lives of women with breast cancer compared to those women not taking melatonin.
Suggested Dose: The dose can range from 3 to 50 mg at bedtime. Consult your health care professional to determine the most appropriate dose to use in your specific situation.
Vitamin D is involved in regulating cellular division and growth. It also plays an important role in controlling the immune system.
Some studies showed a link between low levels of vitamin D and the increased risk of developing breast cancer.
In men taking vitamin D, their risk of getting any type of cancer is reduced by 17%.
Some experts believe that vitamin D supplementation will be of some benefit for women looking to cut their risk of getting breast cancer.
Suggested Dose: Take 1,000 IU daily. Higher doses have been suggested by some heath care professionals. Consult a qualified experts if you plan on taking a significantly higher amounts.
In animal studies, fiber obtained from grains delayed the onset of breast cancer cells.
In looking at population studies, it seemed that those who followed a diet higher in whole grain foods experienced a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
This benefit seemed to be greater in younger women than in the elderly.
Experts do not agree how fiber works to prevent breast cancer. Some believe fiber lowers estrogen levels (which is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer) and others believe that it is due to phytate and isoflavones found in fiber-containing products.
Suggested Dose: Experts suggest trying to get between 20 to 40 grams of fiber daily either from your diet or by taking a fiber supplement.
One study done in Japanese women showed that drinking five cups of green tea reduced the spread of breast cancer tissue to the lymph node. Green tea also increased their survival time.
Moreover, the chance of recurrence of breast cancer was lower for women who drank five cups of green tea.
This is just a casual observation and you should not see it as a cause and effect relationship.
Suggested Dose: Drink up to five cup of green tea daily if this is what you enjoy drinking.
This active substance is found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
In lab studies, the anti-cancer effect of I3C seemed to be related to how it is able to positively affect estrogen metabolism. And this is believed to slow down the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells.
Many breast cancer cells will grow much more aggressively when exposed to estrogen. Thus, the objective is to reduce estrogen levels as much as possible in patients suffering from breast cancer.
However, there is currently no clinical trials to show how well this supplement would work in breast cancer patients. Studies will need to be done to verify this benefit.
Suggested Dose: Some experts are recommending a starting dose of 400 mg daily.
Fruits and vegetables contains a slightly different form of calcium D-glucarate, known as D-glucaric acid.
This natural supplement is believed to reduce the level of estrogen in the female body. (High estrogen levels increase the risk of developing breast cancer.)
This benefit is only shown in lab and animal studies. No human trials exist to show if it would be helpful in treating or preventing breast cancer.
Suggested Dose: A starting dose of 400 mg daily has been recommended by some experts.
Also known as cloud mushroom, this natural herb have been studied extensively by the Chinese as one of the many potentially effective natural remedies for breast cancer patients.
However, research studies done on coriolus versicolor specifically for breast cancer treatment have shown inconsistent results.
This is in part due to the poorly designed studies. This included small number of patients, lack of randomizing of the patients and/or the lack of a control group to rule out researcher biases.
In one clinical study, combining this herb with conventional cancer therapy gave a better outcome compared to not using this herb in women with breast cancer.
However, in other studies, no added benefits were seen when it was used with convention chemotherapy.
Suggested Dose: Cancer patients have used 2 to 6 grams daily in combination with standard cancer therapy.
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids||
A diet high fats is known to increase the risk breast tissue cancer in animal studies. But isn't omega-3 fatty acids also fats?
Yes, but not all fats have this negative effect.
A diet high in olive oil (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) is linked to a reduced risk of developing breast cancer.
These are considered by most experts to be the type of fats you want to have more of in your diet.
As for how omega-3 fatty acids might work in cutting breast cancer risk down, experts believe that these fatty acids are used by the body to regulate cellular division.
The benefits of taking omega-3 fatty acids by patients with breast cancer have not been established.
Suggested Dose: Follow the manufacturer's direction. A typical dosage can range from 1,000 to 4,000 mg daily. Higher doses have been used under the supervision of a health care provider.
As one of the many potential natural remedies for breast cancer patients, consider taking omega-3's for all its other health benefits.
Also see Natural Remedies for Cancer for a different list of supplements. You will find that many supplements that are in that list may not be in this particular list.
Why is this? This is because some studies look at the benefit of a supplement for one type of cancer.
The positive results from a study that looked at using a supplement for treating lung cancer (for example) cannot be simply transferred over to different type of cancer.
As much as you wish this to be true, it may not be the case.
Just as an example, and there are many, selenium is shown to lower the risk of cancer in men but it doesn't seem to have any benefit in reducing cancer risk in cancer found only in women.
Note: Cancer is a highly complex health condition and as such any treatment you decide on must be supervised by a competent expert in the field of cancer treatment. These supplements need to be used under direction supervision.
This list will contain a slightly different list of natural supplements that is more for general cancer than any one type.
Thinking of taking natural remedies for breast cancer?
For sure, this thought must have crossed your mind.
There are many such supplements that are recommended by practitioners in the field of alternative and complementary medicine.
One or more of these supplements may be right for you.
As always, it is very important to check with your doctor first before starting on any of these supplements or herbs.
Many of these remedies are generally compatible with conventional therapy that you may be on.
You can also find a list of popular supplements that are used by cancer patients in our comprehensive list found at Natural Supplements for Cancer Patients.
You might be surprised at what you might find out.