ASPARAGUS: A Cancer-killing Vegetable Especially for the Oral Cavity

The Veggie That Kills Oral Cancer Cells

Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition

Whole food(herbal medicine) used as medical treatment, linking health benefits in prevention, management and treatment of diseases has induced much interests in today renowned scientists.

But many researchers have raised question of herbal quality, because geographic differences, time of grown and harvest, etc. may affect their’s potency.

Oral cancer is a medical condition characterized by irregular cells growth in the oral cavity. In the early stage, the abnormal cells only appear in the surface lining of the cavity. However, in the late stage, the infectious cells may travel a distance away from the original site to invade other cells and tissue.

Early diagnosed oral cancer may have a close to 100% recovery(3).

According to the cancer society, the 5 survival rate of oral cancer is about 60% plus without taking into consideration of the stage of cancer.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation in the article of “Oral Cancer Fact”, in US, approximately,  50000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause about 10,000 deaths.

The early symptoms of oral cancer include lip or mouth sores and persistent pain,…. Check with dentist, if you experience the above unexplained or persistent symptoms, particularly, if sore mouth does not heal in 2 weeks.

Although, the causes of oral cancers are still debatable, some researchers suggested that age, smoking, alcohol,  gender, diet,……. HPV and sun exposure are considered as  prevalent risk factors in contribution to the early onset of the cancer(3).

Dr.Payal Garg and Freny Karjodkar in the study of ” “Catch Them before it Becomes Too Late”—Oral Cancer Detection. Report of Two Cases and Review of Diagnostic AIDS in Cancer Detection”, said, “(Dentists and Doctors should the region with appearance of ) A red or white patch or a change in color, texture, size, contour, mobility, or function of intraoral, perioral, or extraoral tissue should arouse suspicion of the presence of malignant or premalignant lesions in these regions”

Regular intake of Asparagus may have a reduced risk and development of oral cancer, some scientists suggested.

Asparagus is a flowering plant belongings to species the genus Asparagus, native to the western coasts of northern Spain, north to Ireland, Great Britain, and northwest Germany, northern Africa and western Asia.

The veggie has been used in early times as a vegetable and medicine, because of its delicate flavour and diuretic properties.

Treatment of oral cancer in conventional medicine involved immune suppressors such as chemo drugs may contribute to complications of patients with oral cancer, such as infection.

According to University of Florida, asparagus use currently in cancer prevention rather than treatment.of oral cancer probably due to mechanism of action for bioactive compounds, such as epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate,….

Dr. the lead author said, ” Preclinical and clinical evidence for the use of green tea, raspberry, asparagus, and cannabis extracts,…… diet changes, supplementation with antioxidants, high-dose vitamin C therapy, and cannabinoid use have been suggested to decrease cancer cell replication and increase chance of remission”

In the study of blood sample of 40 oral cancer patients undergoing treatment in the radiotherapy unit of Regional Cancer Institute, researchers found that arsparagus racemosus Willd. exerted a strong effect against infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (23.2%), Escherichia coli (15.62%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (12.5%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9.37%), Klebsiella pneumonia (7.81%), Proteus mirabilis (3.6%), Proteus vulgaris (4.2%) and the fungal pathogens Candida albicans (14.6%), Aspergillus fumigatus (9.37%).

Researchers at the institute also suggested, oral cancer patients were neutropenic with abnormally low level of neutrophils and and prone to secondary micro infection.. Asparagus may be used as antimicrobial agent to check the secondary infections in cancer patients.

Taking altogether, asparagus has shown to exert a significant anti progression, complications and treatment of oral cancer, but further multi centers and large sample size studies are necessary to validate this claim.

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Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published on line, including world wide health, ezine articles, article base, healthblogs, selfgrowth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Review of Various Herbal Supplements as Complementary Treatments for Oral Cancer by Godsey J1, Grundmann O1.(PubMed)
(2) In vitro antimicrobial activity of ten medicinal plants against clinical isolates of oral cancer cases by Panghal M1, Kaushal V, Yadav JP.(PubMed)