Best Plant Extracts to Fight and Prevent Skin Cancers

Best Plant Extracts to Fight and Prevent Skin Cancers




Nothing feels better than the sun on your skin! It just feels so natural to bask in it as long as possible.

Woman basks in the sunshine-too much uv light can cause pre-mature aging

 

But too much of a good thing can have harmful effects. That feel-good sunshine is composed of infrared (heat) energy and different frequencies of light energy. The high frequency UV (ultraviolet light) rays penetrate the skin to cause premature aging and cancer.

UV ray absorbtion

 

Overexposure to the sun greatly increases the risk of skin cancer. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States than all other cancers combined. Not only that, but the incidence of skin cancer has more than tripled since 1975 according to data from the National Cancer Institute.

 

Instance of skin cancer has tripled since 1975



Clearly, we need to be doing more to safeguard our skin! A number of studies (cited below) have found that there are plant extracts we can call into action to help protect against skin cancers.

 

 Best Plant Extracts to Fight and Prevent Skin Cancers




Turmeric is getting a lot of buzz in a number of health contexts these days. While some of the claims being made have not yet bet been studied enough to feel confident about, Curcumin, an extract of Turmeric, has been proven to inhibit the formation of skin cancer cells, and delay the onset of tumors with both topical and oral administrations. (Sonavane, et al., 2012) This gives us all an excellent excuse to increase our Indian food intake, which can’t possibly be a drawback, in our view. It’s basically a medical expense, right?
Turmeric is a great spice for cancer prevention


Black cumin seed oil is derived from the plant Nigella sativa, or black cumin. Studies show that Thymoquinone, a molecular component of black cumin, inhibits cancer cell proliferation, and even targets cancer cells for apoptosis (cell death), leaving healthy cells alone.

Black Seed Oil-Anti-Cancer






Studies are ongoing in how to bring black cumin into the clinical context, but its longtime role in the traditional medicine of numerous cultures mark it as being a strong potential ally in protecting our skin. (Khan, et al., 2011). Ancient Greek, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Indian Cultures all share a tradition of using black seed oil for medicinal purposes. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine prescribed black seed oil for a number of ailments. Goodness Soaps has developed our Platinum Face Lotion that includes black seed oil as a primary ingredient, along with horsetail extract and rosehip oil. It nourishes your skin with high linoleic black seed oil and smells naturally exotic. Try it out!







Sandalwood Essential Oil If you’ve used incense or essential oils much, you’re probably familiar with the earthy sensuality of sandalwood’s aroma. As it happens, sandalwood essential oil is more than just a pleasing scent.

Sandalwood essential oil helps fight and prevent cancer

 

 




Ayurvedic medicine has long used sandalwood in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions. More recently, research studies have found that the application of sandalwood oil as a protective measure against chemical carcinogens reduced skin papilloma occurrences by as much as 60-90%. (Dwivedi & Abu-Ghazaleh, 1997)




Beets contain several antioxidant components, and their betalain pigments protect cells from oxidative injury (Kanner, et al., 2001).

Beet root extract has been shown to inhibit cancer growth

 

Beet root extract has also been shown to inhibit other types of cancer growth. Beets may not be on everyone’s list of favorites, but for those of us who love them, this can only come as good news. Any lover of Borsch, or a nice goat cheese and beet salad, is going to be pleased to know that beet root extract can be a useful tool in preventing skin cancers.




This is Suzanna smiling while on a trip to Siberia. She co-wrote this article and wants everyone to know that she loves and will defend Borsch! That part about Goat Cheese and Beet salad is all Suzanna too.



Aegle marmelos L. has many names. It is most commonly known as Bael, but can also be found sporting the monikers Bengal Quince, Golden Apple, Japanese Bitter Orange, Stone Apple, or Wood Apple.

Aegle Marmelos
Native to Southeast Asia, it has long enjoyed an active role in traditional medicine in that region. Modern studies suggest that A. marmelos extract (AME) can significantly reduce tumor incidence and multiplicity when administered orally. AME has also been shown to protect against gamma radiation and reduce the effects of harmful metals (Bhatti, Singh, Nepali, & Ishar, 2013) (Prathapan, et al., 2012) (Kaur, et al., 2009) (Poulose, et al., 2014) (Sarma, et al., 2016) (Carey, et al., 2017) (Laddha, et al., 2015).


Eggplant peel extract, generally known as eggplant extract, is the extract from the peel of Solanum melongena, commonly known as the eggplant or aubergine, and has been shown to be effective when applied topically to melanomas.

Eggplant peel extract is a powerful anticancer food



Eggplant peels are rich in steroidal alkaloids, which have been found to be effective antioxidants in the prevention of cancer. (Calderón-Montaño, et al., 2013)


Green tea extract is one of the original stars of the antioxidant discussion. Green tea extract contains polyphenols from green tea (GTPs), which have been shown to reduce UV-induced skin cancer.

Green Tea Extract contains powerful antioxidants that help fight cancer





Researchers are not yet sure why this works, but one theory is that the GTPs reduce the inflammation caused by UV exposure to make a less friendly environment for carcinogenic cells. (Bouzari, et al., 2009) A green tea drinking habit is the most common way to harness green tea’s antioxidant powers, but there are also oral supplements, and countless skincare products that contain some amount of green tea extract. Goodness Soaps produces “Vivify ” daily facial hydrating and lifting serum as well as an antioxidant face mask, both containing green tea extract.

woman wearing sunhat and long sleeved shirt

 

For a final bit of advice, we wanted to know what a working expert in the field had to say! So we caught up with skincare expert and master injector Grace Anglin, DNP of CapizziMD Cosmetic Surgery and Skincare in Charlotte, NC.  Grace leads the women’s health and wellness program at CapizziMD. She holds a list of cosmetic certifications so long it would sound a bit like we were announcing Daenerys Targaryn from Game of Thrones if we listed them all here.  When asked about some of the factors that contribute to damaged skin and what people can do to help fight it she was happy to help, stating the following:

 

 

Grace Anglin, DNP Nurse Practicioner CapizziMD Charlotte, NC

“I find that sun exposure is one of the main contributors to aging skin.  It leads to hyperpigmentation (sunspots on the skin) and wrinkles.  Wearing sunscreen with sun exposure is one of the best things you can do to help prevent sun damage.  Also, using skincare products regularly that fight aging will help reduce the signs of aging.

Grace Anglin, DNP CapizziMD Cosmetic Surgery & Skincare Charlotte, NC



These plant extracts are useful tools in our skin-protecting arsenal but should not replace regular usage of daily sunscreen application as a means of warding off skin cancers. Research shows that daily application of SPF 15+ sunscreen can reduce risk of skin cancer by 50%.  Donning a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing will help too! You can also download the free EPA UV index app for your cell phone to see what the total UV exposure risk is in your area each day. With skin cancer on the rise, we need to take advantage of every tool we can!


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Disclaimer: These statements have not been verified by the FDA. Please review the research (links below) for yourself. Goodness Soaps does not claim our products will treat or control any medical condition.


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