Inflammation, Cancer, and How Hemp May Be Able to Prevent Them


Cancer. It’s one word that no one wants to hear in their diagnosis. It is certain that most of us in one way or another have been touched by cancer or know someone who has. However, cancer is no longer a guaranteed early death sentence.

Cancer research has come a long way. There are medicines that help treat cancer or kill it. An IMPORTANT factor in cancer recovery is nutrition. And what better way to beat cancer than with the world’s most perfect, healthy plant?

Cancer can be caused my numerous factors. Some say there is a genetic link – that some cancers run through family generations. Poor diet, smoking, injury, illness, environmental toxins, inflammation – these can all have a hand in the appearance of cancer.

Studies have shown that inflammation is the cause of many diseases and illnesses, including cancer.

This study by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James) found that inflammation stimulates a rise in levels of a molecule called microRNA-155 (miR-155).

This, in turn, causes a drop in levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, resulting in a higher rate of spontaneous gene mutations, which can lead to cancer.” (www.sciencedaily.com)

Chronic inflammation is a major cause of cancer in the world because it releases powerful oxidants which both stimulate cell division and are mutagens.” (users.rcn.com)

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants.  Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. Inflammation is not a synonym for infection, even in cases where inflammation is caused by infection. Although infection is caused by a microorganism, inflammation is one of the responses of the organism to the pathogen.” (Wikipedia)

Below are some causes of inflammation:

Immune reactions

Infection

Physical injury

Toxins

Trauma

Irritants (chemical, abrasive, etc.)

Burns/cuts/scrapes

Bacteria

Anxiety/depression

Poor diet

All of the above conditions can affect the immune system, and when the immune system kicks in this is what can happen:

Pro-inflammatory cytokines are part of our immune systems that attack and kill cells with oxidative chemicals. If they don’t stop their attacks, they will start killing cells our bodies need. Unchecked inflammation is now thought to be responsible for cardiovascular disease and cancers.” (http://www.mnwelldir.org)

It is also believed that chronic inflammation is the result of low oxygen in the cells.

So, you may be asking, where does hemp come into play in all this?

If you recall, above I mentioned that poor nutrition can be a factor in inflammation. If the cells are not getting the nutrients they need they become unhealthy.

For example, hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids. Fatty acids work to keep the cells healthy and strong, and keep the membranes supple for nutrients to easily pass in. Omega fatty acids are also the components in hemp that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Hemp has edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin (and it is easily digested by the body). Edestin protein boosts the immune system by building what are called immunoglobulins,  edestin works to repair cells, and also maintains cell DNA.

When the DNA in cells is damaged, that can cause cancer. When those damaged cells multiply, they cause cancer to grow.

Hemp is a complete protein and is one of the most nutrient dense plant sources on the earth. Because it is so nutrient dense, it makes it a perfect addition to the diet to improve and sustain health. It has been shown that in some instances poor nutrition have a hand in the occurrence of disease; proper nutrition with plenty of Omega fatty acids, protein, fiber, and micronutrients found in hemp can be the turning point to good health (along with wise diet choices, exercise, and removing as many toxins as possible).

It is a known fact that a nutrient-rich diet can treat or reverse disease. Can hemp cure cancer? Some say yes.

Does a diet rich in hemp help strengthen the body and immune system? That is a definite yes.

How Hemp Seeds May Prevent or Treat Cancer


It is estimated that nearly 1 1/2 million Americans have some type of cancer, and that about 500,000 people will die of cancer in a given year.

Developed countries and nations have the highest rates of cancer, but undeveloped countries are seeing an increase in cancers as well.

Cancer is defined as the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, creating tumors and invading nearby organs and tissues. There are many known causes of cancer – Tobacco, UV rays, chemical exposure, radiation exposure, and poor nutrition, to name a few.

There has been some research that has suggested that proper diet and nutrition can have a hand in preventing and/or treating some types of cancer.

Cancer cells have been found to be low in delta-6-desaturase, which is a critical enzyme needed to convert Lineoleic Acid (LA, and essential fatty acid, and an unsaturated n-6 fatty acid) to Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Numerous studies have shown that GLA will kill certain cancer cells. There are some other studies that have shown that GLA can slow the progress of some cancers.

LA is processed by the body and made into GLA. GLA is then used by the body to create prostaglandins, which are not hormones but SIMILAR to hormones. Prostaglandins are found in most organs and tissues, and are believed to help regulate the immune system.

Some cancer patients were found to be lacking in Essential Fatty Acids (Omega fatty acids). These polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in hemp seed,  have been shown to help treat cancer by improving cellular utilization of oxygen (hemp seed is a natural antioxidant) and necessary nutrients.

Because hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids for human consumption, it is an excellent choice for adding EFAs to the diet. The edestin protein in hemp, which is closest to human globulin, makes it easily digested and assimilated into the body.

It is not known if this will cure all cancers, but hemp has shown to help with some types of cancers.

*This information is from my own personal research and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed medical professional. If you have any questions, please contact your health provider.

Combating Cancer With Hempseed


Hempseeds are very rich in Omega fatty acids. In fact, they have the perfect 3:1 ratio for optimum human health.

Omega 3 fatty acids have been show to reduce inflammation and may lower the risk of getting cancer. According to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids may slow the growth of cancer and reduce the side effects of the cancer and accompanying chemotherapy.

By improving the way the cells  use oxygen, the Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the cancerous tumors by decreasing the metastasis of the cancerous cells.

Cancerous cells have lower levels of essential fatty acids, so it is critical to have a proper intake of Omega fatty acids in the diet.