Black Cumin Oil (Nigella Sativa or “BCO”) derived from black cumin seeds (a common ingredient in curries) was recently shown to have cytotoxic effects on lung cancer (A-549 cell lineage of lung adenocarcinoma).(1) This is a confirmation of previous studies that showed supplementation with black cumin alone or black cumin with honey can lead to significant amelioration of lung adenocarcinoma.(2) BCO works by activating apoptosis (programmed cell death… essentially causing the cancer cells to commit suicide) as well as by inhibiting angiogenesis (3)(4). An effective dosage can be as little as 200 mg of Black Cumin Seeds, and cooking can provide a therapeutic dosage.
Lung adenocarcinoma represents one of the most prevalent types of cancers causing 1.3 million deaths worldwide each year. Most cases are from smoking, though some non-smokers can still get this form. There are other therapies as well that have shown promise as part of an overall strategy to kill lung cancer including supplementation with vitamin E (6), vitamin A (7), vitamin C (8), vitamin D (9) and selenium (10). Several fruits and vegetables have also been shown to inhibit lung cancer including: apples, strawberries, kiwis, grapes, (11) cherries, blueberries (12), cucumbers, onions (11), tomatoes and greens (e.g., kale and spinach) (12).
Herbal therapy is another very effective modality. Traditional Chinese medicine herbs that have been shown to inhibit lung adenocarcinoma include Antrodia cinnamomea (13), Sophora flavescens (14), Ocimum gratissimum (15) and more (see facebook page).