Would you ever imagine that a common spice added to food could be helpful in preventing and perhaps treating prostate cancer? Allspice, a popular flavoring contains an antioxidant that decreases the growth of prostate cancer cells in experiments. Allspice a popular folk medicine remedy for a number of maladies, and it has the highest amount of antioxidants of any food we know.
Allspice is produced from the dried, unripe berries of the Pimenta diocia tree, which grows in the Caribbean and Central America.
Allspice contains an active ingredient, Ericifolin, which significantly slowed the growth of cancer cells. The study was conducted in mice with implanted prostate tumors. Tumor growth was inhibited in more than half of the mice. Also prostate specific antigen (PSA) was lowered in the mice treated with the Allspice.
Since allspice is not toxic, men would be ideal candidates to take Ericifolin as a daily dietary supplement to prevent prostate cancer and in men with slow growing prostate cancer or in men who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy.
Bottom Line: It may be too soon to tout the benefits of Allspice since there are few scientific studies on allspice, but the researchers were intrigued by what they learned.