My birthday comes around in August. Each year. More than the candles and cake it sets me thinking. This year it was all about my hair, which makes sense because…
Have you been at your farmer’s market in spring and early summer and seen bundles of green stalks with tiny bulbs at their tips that appear to be green onions, but their tightly curled up appearance makes them look more like pigs’ tails?
These are garlic scapes, the flower stalks of the garlic plant that are just as delicious, nutritious, and boast similar cancer fighting compounds than the actual bulb. Cell protective phytochemical nutrients such as allium and sulphur compounds found in both bulb and scapes have been shown in numerous studies using both plant extracts as well as whole food components, to have powerful anti-tumor and immune-supporting effects.
In order for cancer cells to be able to develop and grow, certain conditions such as exposure to carcinogens, certain viruses, oxidative stress and mutated genes need to exist. Under normal conditions our body has an innate repair mechanism to deal with these imbalances. A complex enzyme repair system (p53) usually prevents damaged cells from becoming cancer cells. Powerful anti-oxidant and anti-mutagenic foods such as garlic can influence gene mutations and help repair cellular damage.
According to Donald R. Yance, author of “Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer”, garlic has certain blocking and suppressing compounds that can:
Besides a potent anti-cancer food, garlic, a warming and stimulating food, can help stabilize blood sugar levels which is another favorable anti-cancer environment condition. It also is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungus and anti-parasitic food helping to regulate gut flora which is the true foundation of our immune system. It also aids the body in eliminating poisonous heavy metals, of particular importance for anyone of us having undergone chemotherapy.
Using Garlic Scapes
Most of us are familiar with using garlic, but what do you do with these twirly, unruly garlic scapes that seem difficult to tame? It is actually super easy! They can be eaten raw or cooked. Here’s a few ways how:
Green Hummus Delight
Place all ingredients in a food processor of high-powered blender and whizz away.
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Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer by Donald R. Yance Jr. C.N., M.H., A.H.G. with Arlene Valentine
The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Wood
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, ND
Kirstin, received her Holistic Nutrition, Exercise and Mental Health Certification at the Institute for Naturopathic Health in Munich, Germany and is board certified by the American Association of Nutrition Consultants, accredited as a Holistic Health Coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.
Kirstin is an empathetic cancer mentor, speaker and educator who is passionate about helping people get out of cancer overwhelm by teaching them how to reclaim their lives. A two-time cancer survivor herself, she learned first hand the importance of an integrative and functional medicine approach to one’s health to facilitate true healing.
Kirstin offers individualized 1 on 1 mentoring, can be hired for inspirational speaking engagements and produces interactive virtual programs such as the Beyond Cancer Program™.
She is also the bestselling author of “Confessions of a Cancer Conqueror – My 5 Step Process to Transform Your Relationship with Cancer”, is a co-host for the #AllThingsCancer podcast, a monthly guest-blogger for The Anti-Cancer Club, has featured frequently in a variety of holistic Internet Radio Shows and online Podcasts and was a monthly contributing author for the online Sybil Magazine – For the Spirit and Soul of Woman.
Born in Switzerland, raised in Germany and South Africa, she now lives in NJ with her husband and two teenage children.
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