Dietary Agents: Effective and Safe Natural Assets Against Cancer
Pp. 3-19 (17)
Sahdeo Prasad and Amit K. Tyagi
Cancer stands as the second most common cause of disease-related death in
humans. Although numerous anticancer drugs are available, mostly they are expensive
with serious side effects. Thus, the challenging task of finding an alternative cancer
treatment measure has become more important than ever to both scientists and
physicians. Since natural compounds are known for their various health benefits for
centuries, several nutritional factors have brought considerable attention as modifiable
risk factors in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Based on currently available
research, the present chapter focuses on the chemo preventive and chemotherapeutic
properties of different natural/dietary compounds such as fruits, vegetable, spices, nuts,
legumes, cereals and grains highlighting their potential use against cancer treatment.
The molecular mechanisms by which theses dietary compounds inhibit cancer
development and induce cell death are also included to a certain extent.
Cell signaling molecules, Cancer, Chemoprevention and chemotherapy,
Inflammation, Natural compounds.
Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77054, USA.