Heart, liver, lungs, kidney
When it comes to the big kahoonas among our internal organs, these are the ones that come to mind, these are the ones that you think of taking care.
But, there is another one – the pancreas.
You know what it does? It makes insulin for controlling blood sugar levels, and enzymes for the digestion of fat and protein.
You know what happens when you don’t take care of your pancreas?
Diabetes – This is the most common disorder of the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin.
Acute Pancreatitis – This causes tissue damaging inflammation levels in and around the pancreas.
Cancer – Pancreatic cancer has a 100 percent mortality rate.
The most common symptoms of pancreatitis include a burning pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back and nausea and vomiting that becomes severe when you try to eat. During an acute attack, people have a severe spike in their heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Chronic pancreatitis leads to low energy levels, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and cancer of the pancreas.
So, what can you do to maintain a healthy pancreas?
Well, you can have these
Anything sour, such as lemons, encourages the release of vital digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Limes and kiwi fruit are also beneficial for the pancreas.
Studies of various extracts from calendula have shown that it has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-genotoxic compounds. Scientists in Spain performed a study in 2006 that showed that calendula extract showed that it could possibly stop tumor cell proliferation between 70 to 100 percent in tests done with human tumor cells, including pancreatic cancer cells.
Licorice root is thought to be an excellent treatment for many problems with pancreas. Traditional Chinese medicine has used licorice root for thousands of years. Research even shows that this common root is loaded with an anti-inflammatory compound that reduces pain and swelling that is associated with pancreatitis.
This little known herb has big benefits for the pancreas. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute conducted a study in 2007 that showed that haritaki had powerful cancer fighting compounds and that it might prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in the pancreas. Scientists believe that haritaki causes apoptosis (natural cancer cell death) but shows no obvious side effects. Oral consumption of haritaki extract was shown that it lowered blood sugar levels by 43.2 percent, which suggests that this herb might just have some real value a treatment for diabetic patients.
Like haritaki and calendula, dandelion is believed to be an effective treatment against aggressive pancreatic cancer cells. Scientists in Canada found in a 2012 that extract from a dandelion root induced cancer cell death but did not affect normal cells. Dandelion tea is known to flush toxins out of the intestines and to help heal damaged pancreatic tissues.
6. Olive Leaves
Olive leaves contain ingredients that detoxify the blood while improving circulation. They stop free radicals from causing damage that leads to disease, and lowers blood pressure. Consuming olive leaf extract regularly can lead to a stronger liver, thyroid, and pancreas.
Garlic reduces the amount of sugar in the blood and stimulates the pancreas to produce sufficient levels of insulin. Eat one to two slightly crushed cloves of garlic each day in addition to adding some to your foods. Moreover, it keeps the vampires away.
Onions have flavonoids, which are terrific cancer-fighting compounds. They also contain sulfur compounds which are good for keeping the pancreas in good working order.
The active cultures in yogurt are a great source of probiotics, which can help to keep your immune system working at its best. Choose yogurt with active cultures and no added sugar or sugary fruit.
Turmeric has anti-cancer compounds which make it perfect for fighting cancer of the pancreas. Turmeric targets mutated cells while ignoring healthy ones. Add one tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of milk and drink once each day.
Always remember that prevention is better than cure.