What are some natural remedies for lung cancer patients?
This article summarizes all the supplements have some evidence of effectiveness in the prevention and possibly treat of cancer in the lungs.
Some alternative health care professionals in the area of cancer therapy do routinely make recommendations for their patients to take one or more of these supplements and herbs.
Find out what they are and get detailed information on an appropriate dose to use.
Bare in mind that the treatment of cancer is very complex and requires direction supervision from an expert practicing in this field.
This list gives you a starting point to discuss with your health provider on which one you might wish to take.
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Studies show that people who consume large quantities of fruits and vegetables, which are rich inn beta-carotene has a lower risk of getting lung cancer.
But, people who smoke showed a higher risk of developing lung cancer when they take beta-carotene supplement.
Experts do not know exactly why this is the case but many of them suspect that beta-carotene may not be the substance responsible for it's anticancer benefit.
Dose: Take 6,000 to 12,000 mcg (microgram) daily or as directed by the manufacturer.
It is best to get the beta-carotene from fruits and vegetables. Experts believe that beta-carotene may not be the only substance responsible the cancer-fighting effect.
If you smoke, avoid taking supplements high in beta-carotene.
Lab and animal studies showed that high levels of selenium stop cancer cells from growing.
In human trials, low blood levels of selenium appeared to increase the risk of getting many types of cancer.
In one well-designed double-blinded study involving 1,312 volunteers, those who took 200 mcg of selenium for four and a half years had a 53% decrease in lung cancer deaths.
Dose: Take 200 mcg daily. It is not known whether higher doses would provide additional protection.
Tomatoes contain a large amount of an antioxidant substance called lycopene.
In lab studies, researchers have revealed that lycopene is capable of stopping the growth of cancer cells.
In population studies, people who followed a diet high in tomatoes experienced less cases of cancer, including lung cancer.
Dose: Take 10 to 20 mg daily. It is best to get your lycopene from eating tomatoes. If you plan on taking lycopene supplements, follow the manufacturer's suggested dosage.
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Also known as cloud mushroom, this naturally occurring substance contains two active substances, polysaccharide krestin (PSK) and polysaccharopeptide (PSP).
PSK and PSP have been studies in numerous human trials. The results seemed to show that they can lengthen the survival time of cancer patients, including those with lung cancer.
Some experts believe that the specific way in which PSK and PSP are extracted from cloud mushroom may determine its effectiveness. (Most research studies were done in Japan using their own formulations.)
Dose: Most studies used a dose of 3 grams daily. Your health care provider may suggest a different specific to your situation.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and this may be responsible, in part, for preventing cancerous cells from developing.
Experts believe that this vitamin is able to either stop cancer cells from developing or to cause the cancer cells to self-destruct and die (a process called apoptosis or programmed cell death).
Several studies showed that people who have lower blood levels of vitamin E seemed to be at an increased risk of getting lung cancer.
It appeared that smokers benefited the most from taking vitamin E for reducing lung cancer risks.
This result is seem whether the vitamin E came from taking a supplement or from dietary sources.
In Taking Vitamin E for Cancer Prevention, the article discuss all the scientific details.
Suggested Dose: Experts suggest taking between 400 and 800 IU daily.
It is known that folic acid is involved in cellular replication.
In one double-blinded study, patients with a very high risk of lung cancer were given 10 mg of folic acid along with 500 mcg of vitamin B12. It showed that it reversed potentially cancerous cells.
This benefit was seen in about four months.
Dose: The study that looked at using folic acid for lung cancer prevention gave the volunteers 10 mg daily combined with 500 mcg of vitamin B12.
This is a moderately high dose folic acid and its use should be supervised by your health care provider.
Vitamin A only appeared to be helpful when taken at the very early stages (stage I) of lung cancer. It showed a 63% reduction in subsequent lung cancer cases one year after surgery.
However, many studies showed that it does not appear to offer any benefit for those suffering from late stage lung cancer (the majority of the cases).
Experts are slowly accepting the conclusion that vitamin A may be of limited benefit for cancer patients suffering from lung cancer.
Dose: Dosages vary significantly from one research study to another. It ranged from 25,000 to 300,000 IU daily of vitamin A.
Follow the manufacturer's recommended direction and seek the help of a health care provider.
Many research groups have found that cancer patients taking melatonin seem to have longer survival rate than those who do not take melatonin.
In one study, advanced lung cancer patients given 10 mg of melatonin daily for three weeks followed by one week off resulted in the doubling of survival time.
However, experts were not exactly sure how melatonin works to stabilize the health of lung cancer patients.
Some experts believed that melatonin may play a role in regulating the immune system.
Dose: Research studies used 10 to 40 mg daily given at bedtime. These high doses should be used under the supervision of your health care provider.
In one study involving 11 patients with lung cancer, 4 of them are still living. The researchers believe that 100 mg of CoQ10 given to them daily was the reason why they lived for over ten years.
However, no control group was used so the positive results may be the result of chance and not actually from taking CoQ10 supplements.
Better designed studies will need to be done to confirm this preliminary results.
Other studies have shown that CoQ10 may be of benefit for other types of cancer.
The article Taking Coenzyme Q10 for Cancer will provide you with additional insight.
Dose: Dose can vary significantly. In the above mentioned study, the cancer patients were taking 100 mg of CoQ10 daily.
Higher doses have been used. Check with your health care provider for a dose specific to your situation.
Also known as Asian ginseng, this popular herb is commonly taken by the Chinese population as it is believed to have significant health benefits.
Studies completed in animals showed that panax ginseng may have a positive influence on the immune system.
Several Chinese research studies have shown that patients suffering from lung cancer seem to benefit from taking panax ginseng.
These studies showed that taking panax ginseng enhanced the patient's immune system as well as to length their survival time.
In demographic studies, population that consumed the most amount of panax ginseng had a lower incidence of liver, lung, mouth, throat and lip cancer.
Dose: Dosage used varied significantly from a low of 100 mg once daily to 1,000 mg three times daily. Consult your health care provider to find an appropriate for your situation.
Population studies have shown that people who drink green tea had a lower incidence of developing lung cancer. The best example is in Japan where the Japanese has a lower rate of cancer cases than the rest of the world.
Green tea contains many active substances. Polyphenols are the most studied one.
These active substances have antioxidant properties that remove free radicals, chemicals that damage genetic material (DNA) and lead to the development of cancer.
Suggested Dose: If you enjoy drinking green tea, drink several cups daily.
Note: Be careful if you drink more than two cups of green tea daily. You may experience the effects of caffeine. Drink decaffeinated green tea instead. You will still get all the health benefits of green tea.
Zinc plays a role in regulating our immune system.
It has been revealed that patients suffering from lung cancer have lower than normal level of zinc.
In one preliminary clinical trial, patients suffering from lung cancer were supplemented with zinc. This resulted in improvement in the functioning of their immune system.
Dose: Take 15 to 30 mg daily. Higher doses have been used under the guidance of a health care professional.
You may find that in the article Popular Natural Remedies for Cancer Patients, there may be some supplements not listed here.
The reason is because some supplements have not been studied specifically for use in lung cancer patients.
Note: You must not manage cancer without the guidance of a trained health care provider. In considering which of the many natural remedies for lung cancer you wish to take, always let your doctor know.
Regular check-up is essential regardless if you take supplements or not.
Looking for effective natural remedies for lung cancer patients?
The supplements that a cancer patient might want to consider taking depend on the type of cancer.
Different supplements and herbs have been studied for specific types of cancer.
In the article Natural Remedies for Cancer Patients a list of natural supplements are given for the treatment and prevention of cancer.
Moreover, there are general herbs and supplements that cancer patients may take as a preventive measure.
More high-quality research studies will need to be conducted so that we can get a definitive answer on how effective the supplements really are.
Ultimately, since smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer, no amount of natural remedies for lung cancer prevention can ever match the benefits you will get from quitting.