In developed countries, the number of cases of colon cancer is growing.
There is more new diagnosis of colon cancer each year with the exception of lung cancer.
Experts do not necessarily agree as to what might be the cause for this significant increase.
Some suspect lifestyle, such as food choices, obesity and lack of physical activities may be in part responsible for this increase.
Genetics may play a role as well but it does not account many of the new cases.
Other experts believe that inflammatory bowel disease may play a role in increasing a person's risk of developing colon cancer.
Below is a list of natural remedies for colon cancer patients that have been studied by experts in the field.
Find out if one or more of them may be of benefit in your particular situation and discuss this with your health care professional.
|Natural Remedies||What experts say about these natural remedies for colon cancer|
|Selenium|| (What's this?)
More and more studies are revealing the health benefits of selenium supplementation as an anti-cancer substance.
Patients suffering from various forms of cancer appear to have low selenium levels. And this include patients suffering from colon cancer.
One large well-designed study involving 1,312 Americans showed a significant 58% reduction in cancers of the colon and rectum. (This study also showed a 50% reduction in deaths caused by any type of cancer.)
Dose: Take 200 mcg (micrograms) daily. If you take a multi-vitamin, it may already contain some.
|Garlic & Onion||
Higher dietary intake of garlic and onions have been shown to cut down the risk of colon cancer.
Experts believe that the active ingredient responsible for this benefit is Allium.
It also appears to reduce the risk developing pre-cancerous colon polyps. (Colon polyps are the early warning signs of colon cancer.)
Other researchers also showed that garlic and onions are able to prevent the conversion of nitrates to cancer-causing nitrites and nitrosamines.
Dose: Try to eat more garlic and onions. Garlic supplements can also be used instead.
Experts suggest taking 200 to 400 mg three times daily. Higher doses have been safely used as well.
Also follow the suggested dose from the manufacturer.
Several research studies have shown a positive link between drinking green tea and the reduced risk of developing various type of cancer, including colon cancer.
Green tea contains many active substances that have been shown in lab and animals studies to have anti-cancer benefits.
Dose: Experts have recommended upwards of three cup of green tea daily. To avoid excessive intake of caffeine, choose the decaffeinated version of gree tea.
If you don't enjoy drinking green tea and still want to take advantage of its health benefits, consider taking green tea capsules instead. Take up to 1,500 mg of green tea leaf extract daily or as directed by the manufacturer.
|Coriolus versicolor (Coriolus mushroom)||
In a 10-year long well-designed study involving over 100 patients who had colon cancer, those who took coriolus were more likely to be still cancer-free (more than doubled).
Moreover, analysis of their blood chemistry showed that those taking coriolus had "enhancement" in the activities of their white blood cells (immune cells).
Lab and animal studies showed that the active substance PSK and PSP may be responsible for the cancer-fighting benefit of this herb.
Dose: Experts suggest taking between 2 to 6 grams once daily.
In some studies, it was shown that a lower dietary intake of folic acid resulted in a slight increased risk of developing colon cancer.
In one long-term study, women who have taken folic acid supplements for more than 15 years showed a 75% reduction in the risk of getting colon cancer.
Some experts have suggested for cancer patients to take folic acid supplement as a preventive measure.
Dose: Take 400 mcg (micrograms) daily.
Melatonin is known to have a positive effect on how our immune system works.
Most of the studies looked at using melatonin in combination with conventional immune therapy for cancer.
When melatonin was combined with interleukin-2 therapy, nine volunteers survived over a year compared to just three who did not take melatonin.
Other research studies seem to show that melatonin can improve the survival length and quality of life in cancer patients.
Dose: Very high doses are used so direction supervision is required. Most research studies used 20 to 40 mg at bedtime.
Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that is naturally found in our body.
Experts believe it works against the cancer cells directly to stop its growth.
In one study involving eleven patients suffering with severe colon cancer, at around 5 months, three passed away, four showed no improvements and four "returned home" (Note that the patients also took cysteine and anthocyans together with glutathione).
Dose: The researchers gave the patients 800 mg of glutathione two times daily for three months.
Experts have discovered that calcium may play a role in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Small but well-design clinical trials showed a reduction in colon cancer risks for patients who take upward of 1,800 mg of calcium daily.
However, there are some studies that show no benefit in taking calcium for colon cancer prevention.
Dose: Take up to 1,800 mg of calcium along with 800 IU of vitamin D daily.
Experts are not exactly sure why coffee could offer protection against colon cancer.
One possibility is that coffee is rich in substances that can reduce the levels of cancer-causing agents (secondary bile acids) found in the gut.
One study completed showed a positive relationship between drinking coffee and a reduced risk of getting colon cancer.
However, the design of that study does not allow a clear conclusion to be drawn.
Another study also showed that drinking coffee reduced the risk of prostate cancer.
Dose: The study showed that the more coffee a person drinks the less the risk of developing colon cancer.
Drink up to five cups daily. Choose decaffeinated coffee to avoid the side effects of excessive amounts of caffeine.
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Some clinical trials showed that fish oil (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) reduced markers that indicate possible colon cancer.
However, there is no study that actually looked at omega-3 fatty acid intake and the risk of developing colon cancer.
Dose: Experts suggest taking 2,000 to 4,000 mg daily. Keep in mind that the optimal dose is currently unknown.
Also remember that omega-3 fatty acids offer many other health benefits beyond its potential for preventing or treating cancer.
Population studies seemed to show that a diet high in fiber results in less cases of colon cancer.
However, other experts believe that perhaps it was due to a high intake of animal meats. Note that in a population that has low fiber intake, the people tend to eat more animal meat.
Regardless of these conflicting results, it is probably prudent to get more fiber in your diet. Experts generally agree on this.
Dose: Consume at least 30 grams of fiber daily as a means of reducing the risk of developing colon cancer. Dosage ranging from 30 to 40 grams daily may be considered.
Most studies show a compelling link between vitamin E intake and the lowered risk of getting colon cancer.
Higher vitamin E intake was also correlated with less precancerous colon polyps.
Suggested Dose: Some experts suggest taking 200 to 400 IU daily.
Noble prize winning Linus Pauling is well-known for promoting mega-dose therapy with vitamin C for cancer prevention and many other health diseases.
One study conducted by Pauling and Cameron showed that cancer patients given 10 grams of vitamin C daily lived 210 days longer (on average) compared to the average of 50 days.
However, several larger and better designed follow-up studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic show no benefits in taking vitamin C.
A study done out of Japan replicated the same study done by Pauling and Cameron. Their results? Patients taking vitamin C lived 246 days (on average) compared to 43 days for those who did not.
Dose: The study conducted by Pauling and Cameron gave patients 10 grams of vitamin C daily. See Vitamin C for dosing information as the range is very wide.
Using high doses of vitamin C require supervision from a qualified health care professional.
Vitamin D is made when the skin is exposed to UV light from the sun. (This is linked to the increased risk of developing skin cancer.)
However, there is a link between lower sunlight exposure (thus lower vitamin D production by the body) and the increased risk of getting colon cancer.
Lab studies show that vitamin D is involved in regulating the immune system, the system that the body uses to fight off cancer cells.
Better designed research studies will need to be done to draw a more definitive conclusion.
Dose: Research studies have used 800 IU daily of vitamin D in combination with 1,800 mg daily of calcium.
In one small clinical trial with a total of 30 volunteers, ginger reduced the amount of an inflammatory substance in the gut.
This chemical is a marker for the future risk of developing colon cancer.
Suggested Dose: In one study, volunteers were given 2 grams of ginger daily.
There is less study done on using CoQ10 for the prevention of colon cancer. Studies show that CoQ10 plays a role in regulating the immune system.
Moreover, colon tissues have a much higher levels of CoQ10 than many other body tissues. (The heart muscle also has significantly amounts of CoQ10 as well).
Other studies showed that low levels of CoQ10 is linked to an increased risk of other types of cancer including breast cancer.
Dose: Some experts suggest starting at 100 mg daily. Your health care professional may recommend a higher dose for your particular situation.
IP-6, common found in rice bran and wheat bran appears to possess anti-cancer benefits in both lab and animal studies.
No clinical trials have been done so it is unknown as to how beneficial IP-6 may be for cancer prevention or treatment.
Suggested Dose: Some experts suggest taking 4 to 8 grams of IP-6 daily.
Please refer to Natural Remedies for Cancer to see a list of supplements that have been suggested by experts for patients suffering from various forms of cancer.
If a supplement is shown to be helpful (as an example) for colon cancer, you should not assume that it would also help with other forms of cancer.
For example, there are research studies showing that a supplement lowered the risk of a type of cancer in men but not in women.
Note: Cancer treatment is a complex and high-specialized medical field. It is essential that you get guidance from a health care professional specifically trained in this area. Cancer is not one of those health condition where you can treat yourself.
This is an excellent question. We have done our research and summarized a list of Natural Cancer Supplements from leading authorities engaged in complimentary and alternative medicine.
You will find different recommendations as some supplements have been studied for a specific type of cancer while other studies only looked at population trends.
Looking for effective natural remedies for colon cancer patients?
Selenium, garlic and onions stand as the leader in potentially reducing colon cancer risk.
Green tea, coriolus versicolor, folic acid and fiber are good second choices.
In addition, a diet low in meat, especially well-done, fried or heavily-browned meat seemed to reduce overall risk of colon cancer.
Moreover, higher levels of fat in diets appears to increase the risk of colon cancer, although it would also depend on the genetics of an individual.
Want to find out which supplement helps with cancer in general?
See the article Natural Remedies for Cancer Patients to find out which supplements are best for your situation.
And to see a list of all the articles on specific remedy for cancer, go to Supplements for Cancer.