To eat betel nut often can cause cancer
After working for many years, I’ve met a lot of colleagues from Hunan. They have a typical hobby, which is that in addition to spicy
food, they also love eating betel nut. Meanwhile, men that like to eat betel nut usually smoke. There is a joke which goes, cigar without
fire, can’t be smoked; betel nut with cigar, creates supernatural power.
Betel nut and Alpinia oxyphylla, fructus amomi, RADIX MORINDAE OFFICINALIS, known as four China southern medicine. The most
medicinal value in betel nut is arecoline, and it will make the human body get rid of the pig tapeworm, liver fluke etc, and can
stimulate the sympathetic nerve to make people excited. Although there is medicinal value in it; but as the main alkali in betel nut,
it has genetic toxicity. According to a survey by the Central South University, people in Xiangtan area, Hunan province, who chew
8 tablets of betel nut, the disease incidence rate of their oral adhesion, membrane disease, is far higher than those who do not eat
betel nut. More experimental studies have proven the carcinogenicity of betel nut. In the process of chewing the betel nut will produce
carcinogenic nitrite amine substances. The over intake of betel nut will cause the occurrence of oral lesions, and then developed into
Chewing and smoking at the same time can stimulate cancer. Just chewing betel nut can significantly promote the occurrence of oral
cancer, but with smoking it is more likely to have a higher risk of oral cancer. Smoking is also an independent risk factor for oral cancer.
The study showed that the toxic substances in the saliva for chewing betel nut containing tobacco significantly increased, and would
obviously damage the process of DNA synthesis in the cells.
In addition, chewing betel nut has other disadvantages to the body:
1. Damage teeth: long-term chewing betel nut will cause damage to the teeth.
2. Damage the periodontal: the betel nut juice and lime together will easily form the tooth stone to influence the periodontal health badly.
3. Damage oral mucosa: can cause mucosal lesions and even the appearance of oral cancer
4. It is not good for temporomandibular joint: long-term chewing will cause TMJ pain and other symptoms.
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