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Immune Booster Shots: Red Beet Turmeric Anti-Tumor Shot

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Immune Booster Shots: Red Beet Turmeric Anti-Tumor Shot

Health Promoting Shots: Recipes and Health Benefits of Ingredients – Part 2

Red Beet Turmeric Anti-Tumor Shot (3 oz)

  • ½ red beetroot
  • 2” piece of turmeric

Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Beetroot1-6

    • Beetroot, scientific name Beta vulgaris, is a vegetable rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and unique plant-derived antioxidants and bioactive constituents, such as polyphenols, flavonoids, dietary nitrates, and other useful nutrients1.
    • The presence of powerful bioactive compounds in beetroot makes it a health-promoting functional food with many potential benefits for cancer1.
    • The functional properties of beetroot include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, and chemopreventative, and for patients undergoing cancer treatment, beetroot may also help to manage fatigue and other side effects of chemotherapy1.
    • The bioactive compounds abundant in beetroot include the water-soluble betalains consisting of betacyanins and betaxanthins, betaine, polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids and saponins1,2.
    • Studies have demonstrated that beetroot extracts and betanin pigments were effective in preventing experimentally induced carcinogenesis1.
    • A study showed the possible mechanism by which betanins increase cancer chemoprevention: “Betanins impede inflammatory lesion development by limiting inflammatory cell invasion, the release of HClO and the neutralization of ROS produced by the inflammatory cells and the tumor cells. Angiogenesis is moderated and apoptosis is increased2.”
    • Another study revealed that beet extracts, and the compounds apigenin, and betanin, have important anti-cancer effects against prostate cancer cells, inhibiting cell proliferation, migration, and growth signaling pathways3.
    • In colorectal cancer cell lines, beetroot hydro-alcoholic extract and betanin also effectively inhibited cancer cell proliferation and induced apoptosis with minimal negative impact on normal cells. These effects were achieved via the modification of specific genes4.
    • Beetroot also exhibits high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, associated with the high content of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds. Due to this antioxidant power, beetroot has been used in many other conditions, such as cardiovascular, anemia, sexual weakness, and bladder stones1.
    • Raw beets are an excellent source of folates with about 27% of RDA per 100 grams. Folates are essential for DNA synthesis within the cells5,6.
    • Beet tops are a great source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A, carotenoids, and flavonoids, which also help protect against chronically fermenting cells5,6.
    • Some minerals like manganese, iron, copper, potassium, and magnesium are present in good amounts5,6.

    Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Turmeric7-11

    • Turmeric, scientific name Curcuma longa, belongs to the ginger family and has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines for thousands of years and is believed to be one of the most powerful disease-fighting herbs on the planet.
    • Turmeric is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber and has more than 300 biologically active compounds.
    • Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, immune booster, antiviral, and protective agent against cancer. Turmeric’s antioxidant strength is one of the highest among all herbs and spices.
    • Curcumin is the main curcuminoid and bioactive component of turmeric. This phytochemical has many therapeutic properties, including antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic, anti-amyloidogenic, and anti-inflammatory.
    • Curcumin selectively targets cancer stem cells while having little to no toxicity for normal stem cells; normal stem cells are essential for tissue regeneration and longevity.
    • Turmeric is an excellent source of certain B vitamins, especially pyridoxine (vitamin B6), but also niacin (B3), and riboflavin (B2).
    • Also, a very good source of the essential and highly beneficial vitamins C, E, and K.
    • Rich in many minerals, such as iron, manganese, copper, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium.

    The anticancer effects of curcumin include:

    • Anti-inflammatory – cancer originates from chronic inflammation.
    • Angiogenesis – suppresses the formation of new blood vessels.
    • Invasion, growth/proliferation – can inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
    • Cytotoxicity – may kill cancer cells.
    • Apoptosis – may increase programmed cell death.
    • Oncogenic metabolism/metabolic reprogramming – can change the metabolism of cancer cells.
    • Lactogenesis – shunts excess lactate production.
    • pH balance – promotes acid/base balance.
    • Alterations in the tumor microenvironment – possibly changes the environment surrounding tumors.
    • Cell survival – may increase the survival of healthy cells.
    • Tumor escape, metastasis – has been shown to reduce the incidence of metastasis.
    • Cancer stem cells – may eliminate cancer stem cells.
    • Immunomodulation – potential to modulate the immune system.

    These are some of the benefits of curcumin for chronically fermenting cells. For more detailed information visit our Blog.

    References

    1. Tan ML, Hamid SBS. Beetroot as a Potential Functional Food for Cancer Chemoprevention, a Narrative Review. J Cancer Prev. 2021 Mar 30;26(1):1-17. doi: 10.15430/JCP.2021.26.1.1. PMID: 33842401; PMCID: PMC8020175.
    2. Lechner JF, Stoner GD. Red Beetroot and Betalains as Cancer Chemopreventative Agents. Molecules. 2019 Apr 23;24(8):1602. doi: 10.3390/molecules24081602. PMID: 31018549; PMCID: PMC6515411.
    3. Mancini MCS, Ponte LGS, Silva CHR, Fagundes I, Pavan ICB, Romeiro SA, da Silva LGS, Morelli AP, Rostagno MA, Simabuco FM, Bezerra RMN. Beetroot and leaf extracts present protective effects against prostate cancer cells, inhibiting cell proliferation, migration, and growth signaling pathways. Phytother Res. 2021 Sep;35(9):5241-5258. doi: 10.1002/ptr.7197. Epub 2021 Jun 16. PMID: 34132433.
    4. Saber A, Abedimanesh N, Somi MH, Khosroushahi AY, Moradi S. Anticancer properties of red beetroot hydro-alcoholic extract and its main constituent; betanin on colorectal cancer cell lines. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2023 Jul 18;23(1):246. doi: 10.1186/s12906-023-04077-7. PMID: 37464362; PMCID: PMC10355081.
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    6. Nutrition and You. Beets Nutrition Facts. https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/beets.html, accessed Oct 20, 2023.
    7. United States Department of Agriculture. Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central. Search Results. Spices, turmeric, ground. Published April 1, 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172231/nutrients, accessed Oct 20, 2023.
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