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Archive for October, 2009

Natural Aromatase Inhibitor Juice

I’ve been trying to increase my consumption of natural aromatase inhibitor foods, a really good idea for anyone who is dealing with or has ever had estrogen-positive breast cancer. Aromatase inhibiting drugs are often prescribed to women with ER+ breast cancer as they stop the production of estrogen completely, thereby cutting off the supply of estrogen which estrogen-dominant breast cancer feeds on.

One easy way to get natural aromatase inhibitor foods into your system daily is to drink fresh juice made out of these ingredients. It’s the first thing I have in the morning and it’s quickly absorbed into the body. Great stuff. I like to blend everything so that I enjoy the benefits of the fiber as well. For those who want something simple to prepare, here’s one of my favorite anti-breast cancer juice recipes:

Pineapple-Orange-Celery Aromatase Inhibitor Juice
Ingredients (makes around 4 mugs of juice):
Quarter of a pineapple (include the core)
2 oranges
1 stalk of celery
1 tablespoon raw honey
Quarter teaspoon salt
Ice-cubes (to protect the enzymes during blending)
Enough cold water to cover the ingredients

Put everything into a blender, blend and enjoy! Delicious and refreshing!

Star Fruit Health Risk

Star fruit or carambola

Star fruit or carambola

The tropical star fruit or carambola is a pretty fruit with a star-shaped cross-section. Green when unripe, it turns a lovely golden-yellow when it is ripe for eating. Juicy and sourish-sweet, it is very popular as a juice in the tropics. Star fruit is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and low in sugar, sodium and acid. It is a potent source of both primary and secondary polyphenolic antioxidants

Unfortunately, eating just one carambola or star fruit or drinking 100 ml of its juice can be harmful for people with illnesses like breast cancer and kidney problems. Like the grapefruit, star fruit is a potent inhibitor of seven cytochrome P450 isoforms. These enzymes are significant in the first pass elimination of many medicines, and thus the consumption of star fruit or its juice in combination with certain medications can significantly increase their effective dosage within the body. Research into grapefruit juice has identified a number of common medications affected, including statins which are commonly used to treat cardiovascular illness, benzodiazepines (a tranquilizer family including diazepam) as well as other medicines.

The cytochrome P450 isoforms are also crucial for breaking down or metabolising estrogen. When estrogen is not metabolised, it can accumulate in the body, and this is bad news for people with estrogen-positive cancers such as most breast cancers.

Like the grapefruit, start fruit contains oxalic acid which can be poison to individuals suffering from kidney disease or undergoing kidney dialysis treatment. University Malaya Medical Centre consultant nephrologist Prof Dr Tan Si-Yen reported the case of a 66-year old Malaysian man who consumed star fruit while visiting his son in Shenzhen, China. Mr. Tang Gon Seang had a kidney ailment and fell into a coma on March 29, 2008, after eating the carambola.

According to Prof Dr. Tan: “Star fruits contain a neurotoxin which is not present in other fruits. It affects the brain and nerves. In healthy persons, the kidneys filter it out. In kidney patients, it cannot be removed and worsens their condition”.

“The public must be alert to reactions to star fruit. Look out for initial symptoms including hiccups, numbness and weakness, and neurological symptoms including confusion, agitation and epileptic fits,” he said.

“The risk of death is high,” he added.

Other symptoms to look out for include vomiting and nausea. Fatal outcomes have been documented in some kidney patients.

Henna Can Treat Capecitabine Hand-Foot Syndrome

Lawson Inermis or henna plant

Lawson Inermis or henna plant

Henna is the Persian name for a shrub known scientifically as Lawsonia Inermis. It is harvested twice a year, dried and ground into a fine powder. The powder is used to dye hair red and to make temporary body tattoos by staining hands and feet. The hennatannic acid is a natural vegetable dye which is a vivid orange-red color. The henna powder used for creating body art is generally considered superior in quality to the variety used for dying hair.

Scientists at the Department of Medical Oncology, Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School in Samsun, Turkey have reported that henna has healing properties for Hand-Foot Syndrome (HFS), a particular side-effect of capecitabine – a chemotherapy drug commercially known as Xeloda. HFS manifests as blisters and ulcers on the palms and soles, with some cases being so severe that fingerprints actually disappear, causing all kinds of security clearance problems. The usual medical ‘solution’ for HFS is stopping capecitabine chemotherapy entirely or reducing the dosage.

Hand painted with henna

Hand painted with henna

In the Turkish study, henna was applied to the hands and feet of patients with varying degrees of HFS. Six patients were grade 3 HFS and four were grade 2 HFS. Complete response (CR) was seen in four out of the six grade 3 HFS and all of the grade 2 cases. Two grade 3 HFS cases improved to grade 1. There was no need for dose reduction of capecitabine. The henna also had no noticeable side-effects. The scientist surmised that the clinical improvement in these patients may have been due to the anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic effects of henna. However, further studies are needed to show this therapeutic effect of henna.