Larch (Larix occidentalis)
Natural Anti-Metastatic and Immune Stimulant
Larch is a deciduous conifer that contains an arabinogalactan similar to those found in other "immune-enhancing" herbs such as Echinacea, Baptisia and Turmeric.
Larch arabinogalactans have been shown to reduce the number of liver metastasis in multiple studies, perhaps by acting as a "reverse lectin" and blocking tumor binding sites. A similar effect has been noted for Modified Citrus Pectin. Larch also nourishes the gut flora and acts as a source of dietary fiber. A summary of the benefits of Larch are:
- stimulates the immune system
- helps prevent cancer metastasis
- improves bowel flora (friendly gut bacteria)
- acts as a source of dietary fiber
Larch and/or Modified Citrus Pectin should be considered by anyone with cancer to help prevent or delay metastasis.
Suggested Dose: two teaspoons, 2-3 times per day. This may be added to your Super Shake.
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