Category Archives: Herbs & Supplements

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer
Is There a Connection?

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential for health and necessary for many functions in the body. Because they’re not produced in our bodies, they must be acquired through supplements and/or diet. Some dietary sources of omega-3s include: salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout, and flax. The metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids produces anti-inflammatory by-products, in contrast to the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids, which produces pro-inflammatory by-products. Research on omega-3 fatty acids suggest they may play a role in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as reducing an abnormal heart rhythm.

But can omega-3 fatty acids help prevent breast cancer?

According to recent research, omega-3 fatty acids may very well lower the risk for breast cancer. A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2013 has shown, using a genetic approach, that the development of mammary tumors is directly blocked by omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading

How does Green Tea Contribute to Weight Loss?

Green tea can lead to effective fat loss while preserving muscle, turning you into a lean fat burning machine.

Green tea catechin ECGC keeps levels of the fat burning hormone norepinephrine high so you  lose weight by burning more fat.  Green tea inhibits the enzyme that breaks down this hormone.

Green tea causes increased excretion of dietary fat by decreasing lipase enzymes in your digestive tract responsible for fat digestion. Although you may eat foods containing fats, you will not break them down as readily and they will not be source of calories because you will excrete them.

Green tea decreases your appetite by causing the release of CCK (cholecystekinin), an appetite suppressing hormone.

Green tea  contains theanine which has positive effects on mood and creates a state of alert relaxation.

Green tea contains caffeine which acts as a stimulant, a mood elevator and a mild diuretic. Caffeine is mildly thermogenic.  Thermogenic foods increase the amount of calories burned.

By: Dr Nalini Chilkov

Ask Dr. Block: Herbal Medicine

What is your philosophy regarding using herbal medicine to treat cancer?

My research staff and I have been delving into the area of tumor molecular growth pathways and nutrients/herbs for over a dozen years now. We have been working on and developing tumor type specific molecular panels over these years. This is a big area of research in the world of Big Pharma; and nutrients have been shown to have profound effects on tumor growth pathways; in fact, nutrients/herbal extract may have an advantage over drugs because they are nontoxic and have what is known as pleiotropic activity (hitting many targets versus a single target like a drug is designed to do). The other advantage of nontoxic nutrients is they can be used in anticipation of the tumor’s next molecular “chess” move. When one growth pathway is blocked, the typical tumor response (yes, we could say tumors have a malicious intelligence of sorts) is to find the next convenient pathway (which can be referred to as substitute or compensatory pathway). Drugs are too toxic to find use in this strategy but herbs/nutrients can be helpful here, potentially slowing down tumor progression.  Continue reading