Mother nature’s safe and affordable pharmacy is on your side and always open. Countless powerful supplements, herbs, foods, teas, and spices can help you heal Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) and other cancers and dis-eases. This blog uncovers a cornucopia of natural options for TNBC healing.
Today, I’m excited to share one of my favorite spices, cardamon, which has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. Cardamon spiced cookies, puddings, lattes, teas, yogurt—the bold, indulgent flavor always brings zest to my day! Side note: I know what you are thinking…yes, I included a few recipes at the end!
However, just as cardamom is an anchor for sweet and savory treats, it is also a powerful force for its cancer-healing and vibrant health properties! It has become a new player in attacking TNBC cancer thanks to a natural compound found in cardamom-derived chalcone called Cardamonin. Cardamonin can help with your immune system, inflammation, attacking cancer, and so forth.
What is TNBC?
About 15% of all breast cancer cases are triple-negative. It is more common in women younger than 40 years and those that have a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. This type of cancer doesn’t make much of a protein called HER2 and doesn’t have receptors for progesterone and estrogen.
Therefore, TNBC doesn’t respond to hormone-based therapies used for other types of breast cancer. It is considered the most aggressive and treatment-resistant cancer and often recurs soonest if treatment fails.
A brief history of cardamom
Cardamom is from the Zingiberaceae family (imagine writing that name as a kid!), a relative of ginger, and is considered one of the world’s oldest spices. For centuries, people around the world have used it to freshen their breath, clean teeth, clear infections, aid in digestion, and so much more. For example, ancient Egyptians used cardamom as part of rituals, embalming (preserving a body), and for medicinal purposes.
From a scientific point of view, it is a naturally occurring chalcone, which is commonly found in edible plants like apples, tomatoes, and fingerroot.
Cardamonin and TNBC healing
In short, cardamonin activates cell death through signaling to induce apoptosis in malignant cells. It also alters the expression of regulatory proteins during malignant cell division. In everyday words, this means that cardamonin stops cancer growth. Most of the research has been based on animals. However, recent studies have used human triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells.
This recent study found, “They found that cardamonin treatment caused a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability in both cell lines. It also reduced PD-L1 expression in the Caucasian cell line but not the African American cell line, indicating that cells from different races may respond differently to cardamonin because of genetic variations among races.”
A study published in December 2020 at the National University of Singapore conducted research on numerous types of cancer, including breast cancer, and found promising results. Please review the details here.
While this research is still new, and more research on cardamonin’s anti-cancer properties still needs to be completed, the early findings are promising. Additionally, unlike many toxic treatments that can cause an array of harmful side effects, cardamonin is a natural source and leaves no menacing traces.
Cardamonin’s other health benefits
In addition to stopping cancer growth, cardamonin can provide a wide range of health benefits to anybody. Here are a few to know:
- Lower blood pressure. The high levels of antioxidants in cardamom help lower blood pressure due to its diuretic effect.
- Improve antioxidant status. While more studies need to be done to confirm this, current research shows that supplementation can increase antioxidant status by 90%. This would help protect cells from damage and reduce inflammation in the body.
- Increases airflow. Cardamom can also be used as aromatherapy and provide an invigorating odor that enhances your body’s ability to use oxygen during exercise. A recent study found that the group who inhaled cardamom essential oil for a minute before exercising had a significantly higher oxygen intake.
- Help with digestion. For thousands of years cardamom has been used to help with digestion, so there must be something to it! It is used to provide relief from discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and healing ulcers.
- Promotes oral health. This is another secret that our ancestors discovered. Cardamom can treat bad breath (caused by bad bacteria), prevent cavities, and improve oral health. If you are curious about improving your oral health, sink your teeth into this podcast episode brimming with ah-ha moments.
There are countless ways to enjoy cardamom, but here are two of my most delicious treats!
Cardamom Lime Pudding
- 3/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
- 3 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 cup coconut cream (the white part of coconut milk, in full fat, can of coconut milk)
- 2 tsp stevia glycerite
- 1 lime juice and zest
- 1/2-1 tsp cardamom spice
- In a pot on low to medium heat, warm up the milk and arrowroot powder until it thickens.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir for a few minutes.
- Transfer to a safe container and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
- Top with sugar-free graham crackers, lime zest, and whatever else you crave!
Cardamom Spice Cookies
Sweet and spicy and egg-free—the perfect combo! These scrumptious and chewy cookies are made with pumpkin seeds and flax seeds for healthy detox and hormone regulation. And they get better with every bite as healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and antioxidants are baked in…so have a few!
- 1 ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp almond butter, unsweetened
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp filtered water
- 2 tbsp gelatin, optional
- 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, softened
- 15-20 drops of stevia
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cardamom
- ½ tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1/3-cup full-fat BPA-free organic coconut milk
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Combine the pumpkin seeds and coconut flour in a food processor and grind till flour-like with a few pumpkin seed chunks. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the flax meal and water and let sit for 2 minutes. (This is your “flax egg”)
- In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond butter, and stevia mix well. Add in the coconut/pumpkin seed flour, gelatin (if using) cinnamon, salt, and cardamom. Lastly, add in the coconut milk and flax egg.
- Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Shape out about 10 cookies.
- Cook for 12-15 minutes.
- Enjoy anywhere at any time!
You can always rely on Nature
Medcinal plants, herbs and spices have been used to support healing, since the beginning of time. Today, we are blessed to combine modern technology, ancient wisdom, and natural medicine to give ourselves the very best in healthcare.
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