Cancer - Finding the white in the greys

Authors: Tanya Singh, Sundaram Thakur and Itibaw Farooq

I have always thought of kids’ books as a simplistic way of solving many of the big problems that life happens to throw at us time and again. For instance, when Alice from Alice in Wonderland was stuck in a fork of a road, the Cheshire cat in all its element said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you are going; it doesn’t matter which road you choose, I'll act on it. As long as you take one road and don’t keep standing in the middle of the road unless a truck runs you over.” Now, if you read this sentence as a kid you may think of the cat as someone who isn’t a helpful friend at all (we all know we have one) but if you are reading it now, you will realize that the cat is the savior! It’s the white to the greys of our life!

I talked of balance in my last blog (you’ll know if you’re here twice). So, it will not be justice enough to not talk of how to fight and give THAT grim a run for its money - Cancer. Diagnosis of this disease may not only bring physical stress but also inflict mental trauma. If detected in the early stages, cancer can surely be curable. Surgery is one of the primary steps of curing this disease. If required, doctors may remove the body part affected such as the uterus, the gallbladder or the breast. Thereafter, through radiotherapy, the cancerous cells on the other affected parts of the body are killed so that they don’t spread to other parts. Chemotherapy, which is widely accepted as one of the successful ways of tackling Cancer, is the use of strong chemicals to kill cancerous cells.

Luckily, with time we are advancing, and hence the scope of treatment can be seen broadening its horizon. Nutraceutical products can be considered non-specific biological therapies used to promote general well-being, control symptoms, and prevent malignant processes. The philosophy behind nutraceuticals is to focus on prevention, according to the saying by a Greek physician Hippocrates who said, “Let food be your medicine, let medicine be thy food”. This is precisely the motto that guides our work here at 'Unwired India'.

Now, let’s talk specifically about cancer - active constituents derived from dietary or medicinal plants such as soya bean, garlic, ginger, tea as well as propolis, honey, and others, are known to have chemopreventive activities. The potential of using nutraceuticals as chemopreventive agents has prompted a surge of in-vitro studies on their biological effects in cultured human cells. It is of great interest to explore the possibility of using these active constituents or other dietary chemicals as chemopreventive agents.

These approaches help to prevent cancer development, progression, and metastasis (the spread of cancerous cells from the place of origin to other parts of the body) using naturally occurring micronutrients containing lysine, proline, ascorbic acid, and green tea extract, and other micronutrients that act synergistically by strengthening collagen and connective tissue.

It has been demonstrated that micronutrients exhibited anticancer activity in a number of cancer cell lines derived from organ malignancies by inhibiting several of the hallmarks of cancer. With our increasing understanding of the chemistry and biology of nutraceuticals, nootropics, and immunomodulators- the research will indubitably shift into the area of chemoprevention.
Till then, keep sipping on our premium whole leaf green tea, because now you know they do so much more than just shedding those extra pounds!

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