Prostate cancer develops in men as they age. This type of cancer is characterized by an uncontrolled (malignant) growth of cells in the prostate gland which produces and stores fluid that helps make semen and is involved in regulating bladder control.
According to research, the real cause of prostate cancer is not yet known. However, certain risk factors can increase a man’s risk for this cancer. This involves family history, obesity, a high-fat diet, a sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits, and smoking.
How Do Aloe Vera Fight Prostate Cancer?
Aloe vera is a plant with thick and fleshy leaves that contain medicinal properties for almost every health problem. It contains about 200 biologically active components including amino acids, essential vitamins (A, B vitamins, C, and E), and minerals (iron, copper, calcium, selenium, magnesium, zinc, choline, potassium, and germanium).
Moreover, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties as well as polysaccharides and antioxidants that help provide immune-boosting benefits.
In a study conducted in 2012, researchers have found that consumption of Aloe Vera extract can prevent the progression of prostate cancer. It works by inhibiting the mTORC2 complex which plays an important role in the growth and proliferation of prostate cancer cells.
Found in the roots of Aloe vera is a compound called Aloe-emodin, which has a potent tumor suppression activity. It promotes apoptosis in cancerous cells and prevents it from spreading. It was found to be effective at reducing the mass of a tumor.
Moreover, aloe vera is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation which is a key factor in the development of most cancers, like prostate cancer. Due to this effect, the tumor genesis in prostate cancer is inhibited. In addition to this, aloe vera also has several phytochemicals like anthraquinone which have radical scavenging activity and prevent the body from toxicity. These free radicals only cause oxidative damage and mutations to the DNA, thus causing prostate cancer.
How To Use Aloe Vera Against Prostate Cancer
Fight off prostate cancer by taking aloe vera juice daily before meals. Studies recommend about 50 mL of juice per day.
How To Properly Make An Aloe Vera Juice
- 1 large aloe vera leaf
- 3 cups of water
- A sharp knife
- A spoon
- A small bowl
- A blender
Use a sharp and pointy knife in removing the outer thorny layer of the leaves and then cut through the latex with the same knife and scoop out the inner clear aloe vera gel with a small spoon. Transfer the gel into a small bowl and take out 2 tablespoons from it and put it into a blender. Add water and blend it on a low setting for three to five minutes. Pour out your juice in a clear glass. Add a dash of ginger or some lemon juice for added taste.