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Best Herbs and Anti-Cancer/Weight Loss Foods

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Herbs are getting more and more popular. Years ago, anyone interested in using or prescribing plants for medicinal purposes had to rely on folklore and anecdotes. There was little proven reliable research on herbs. However, with public demand, studies have mounted and we now have proof that herbs are viable treatments for many ailments.

Herbs won’t replace pharmaceuticals, but research shows that for many conditions, herbs work well and are less expensive than drugs,” says integrative physician Frank Lipman, M.D., founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. And unlike drugs, which just use the active ingredient, herbs usually don’t have side effects, Lipman adds. “The herbs are still in a whole, natural state and the other parts of the plant often mitigate the side effects,” he explained.

Add More Fiber/Psyllium
Add More Fiber/Psyllium Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Add More Fiber/Psyllium

Psyllium for digestive problems Psyllium is a tiny seed that contains mucilage, a soluble fiber that swells on exposure to water. For diarrhea, psyllium can absorb excess fluid in the gut. For constipation, it adds bulk to stool, which presses on the colon wall and triggers the nerves that produce the urge to go. When using psyllium, drink plenty of water.

Eat Organic Fruits, Add Spirulina to Shakes
Eat Organic Fruits, Add Spirulina to Shakes Ethan Miller

Eat Organic Fruits, Add Spirulina to Shakes

Fruits that are non-organic are contaminated with some very dangerous pesticides such as atrazine, thiodicarb, and organophosphates, as well as high nitrogen fertilizers.

Atrazine is banned in European countries but still used here. This is a weed killer that causes severe problems in humans, especially in our reproductive capabilities.


Add spirulina to your smoothie
Changing your eating habits can lead to a day or two of detox symptoms like irritability, anxiety and headaches. Freshwater algae is a protein-rich superfood that can help support your body: Take up to 3 grams of spirulina or chlorella.

Pass The Seaweed, Add More Calcium
Pass The Seaweed, Add More Calcium Neilson Barnard

Pass The Seaweed, Add More Calcium

Eat seaweed
Sea vegetables are high in iodine, which keeps the thyroid gland from becoming sluggish, one cause of weight gain. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped, dried seaweed to salads and soups.


Consume calcium
Dieters who consume dairy products and calcium experience greater weight loss, according to a study at the University of Tennessee. Take calcium with an equal amount of magnesium (up to 1,000 mg a day) to calm the body and enhance sleep

Suppress Dinner Hunger
Suppress Dinner Hunger Neilson Barnard

Suppress Dinner Hunger

Suppress hunger with evening primrose...
Keep your stomach from grumbling with daily doses of St. John's Wort (900 milligrams), 5-HTP (300 to 600 mg) and evening primrose oil (3 grams). These suppress hunger and help lift your mood by stimulating serotonin.

Ad Nuts to Salad or Dinner Entrees, Add Tea
Ad Nuts to Salad or Dinner Entrees, Add Tea Neilson Barnard

Ad Nuts to Salad or Dinner Entrees, Add Tea

Eat nuts and seeds (in moderation)
While saturated fats are difficult for the liver to metabolize, omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats found in cold-water fish, nuts and seeds that healthfully satiate and provide valuable energy.


Drink green tea
Green tea contains caffeine and antioxidant catechins to promote thermogenesis, the process by which the body converts fat into energy. Enjoy a cup after each meal.

More Garlic, And Add Red Pepper
More Garlic, And Add Red Pepper Neilson Barnard

More Garlic, And Add Red Pepper

Garlic as an antibiotic and for cancer prevention Garlic’s antibiotic compound, alliin, has no medicinal value until the herb is chewed, chopped or crushed. Then an enzyme transforms alliin into a powerful antibiotic called allicin. Raw garlic has the most antibiotic potency, but garlic still has benefits when cooked. According to the National Cancer Institute, preliminary studies suggest that garlic consumption may also reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially those of the gastrointestinal tract. 


Red pepper for pain relief Capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper (cayenne) its fiery flavor, is a potent topical pain reliever, found in a German study to reduce pain by 50 percent versus placebo’s 23 percent. When rubbed on the skin, it causes mild burning but that sensation desensitizes nearby pain nerves and soothes pain in deeper tissues.