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Inflammation – Why Worry About It? May 26, 2014

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Inflammation – Why Worry About It?

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According to statistics from the World Health Organization, about 12.9 million people world-wide died from some form of cardiovascular disease in 2004. Each year, the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that some eight million people died from cancer. Heart disease and cancer, the deadly manifestation of chronic inflammation, are expected to remain as the leading causes of death in developed countries for many years to come.

But study after study shows that the risk of heart disease and cancer are modifiable by our life style choices which include the food we choose to eat each day. With every bite we take, we’re either balancing the pro- and anti-inflammatory compounds in the body. Tipping the scale to one end.

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To shift the balance to your favour, other than incorporating more natural anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, it’s also equally important to avoid or cut down on foods which are known to promote inflammation. Here, we look at the top ten foods which set the stage for inflammatory diseases

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Milk Thistle Shown To Fight Cancer August 15, 2013

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Wonderful Milk Thistle

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For more than 2,000 years, a spiky purple plant known as the “liver herb,” has been used in traditional medicine for healing a wide range of conditions from mushroom poisoning to indigestion. Modern researchers have now added the prevention of photo-aging and skin cancer to the long list of milk thistle’s benefits.

Studies from the University of Colorado Cancer Center show that silibinin, a milk thistle extract, protects against skin cancer and photo-aging induced by exposure to UV radiation. It does this by killing skin cells that have mutated due to UVA radiation exposure and by protecting skin cells against damage by UVB radiation.

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The researchers explained that when a cell is damaged by UV radiation, it must be repaired or killed so that it cannot go on to cause cancer. Their research shows that the milk thistle extract does both.

One study, published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology subjected keratinocytes – human skin cells – to UVA radiation, which makes up about 95 percent of the sun’s radiation that reaches Earth. When the skin cells were pre-treated with silibinin the rate at which the damaged cells died off increased dramatically according to the researchers.

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The researchers also noted that silibinin was completely non-toxic to healthy keratinocytes that had not been damaged by the UVA radiation. The silibinin killed only the cells that were mutated and might cause skin cancer or photo-aging. This is another example of nature’s miraculous way of distinguishing between cells that are safe and those that threaten health.

The study showed that silibinin triggered a higher release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the damaged cells which led to higher rates of cell death.

Another study by the same authors shows that silibinin reacts differently when it comes to UVB radiation, which makes up about 5 percent of the sun’s radiation that reaches Earth. Instead of killing cells exposed to UVB radiation, milk thistle protects them from DNA damage that can lead to cancer. According to the study published in Molecular Carcinogenesis, it does this by increasing the cells’ expression of the protein interleukin-12, which works to quickly repair damaged cells.

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Silibinin is just one of many therapeutic compounds in milk thistle and previous studies show that it may benefit other cancers including, prostate, colon, tongue and breast cancers.

In traditional medicine, milk thistle has been used for toxic and obstructed liver, jaundice, vomiting, pneumonia, flatulence, constipation and hemorrhoids.

Milk thistle is named for the milky sap that oozes from its leaves. It is available at health stores and online in the form of organic seeds, supplements or liquid extract.