The Top 10 Anti-Cancer Vegetables
We constantly hear how charities need money for cancer research. They create all sorts of campaigns “Race for the Cure, Stand Up to Cancer, Buy Pink products, grow a Movember mustache….”
They constantly claim how they are “running out of funding for cancer research”. Videos with cancer patients, bald women and children poisoned by chemo, accompanied by dramatic music and a high-profile celebrity saying “The cure is just around the corner. Together we can make cancer history. Please give today.” at the end are the most promoted types of videos with which they try to make you give money.
Now, let’s think for a second: the pharmaceutical industry weighs billions, which means they have plenty of money to fund researches, but that’s like asking them to give money from their own pockets, so they ask you, a person with an average pay to donate money for research because they run out of money?
First of all, they are running out of your money. Second of all, they are only interested in medicines they can patent. Third of all, research on nutrition and natural therapies is ignored.
Furthermore, there are thousands of published peer-reviewed studies demonstrating that the 100,000+ phytonutrients in plants have the ability to prevent and reverse cancer. But, they are ignored by the pharmaceutical industry because they still haven’t found a way to extract these compounds, synthesize them, and patent them for profit. Doctors keep their mouths shut on this because if they say anything, they risk losing their license.
You know who can’t lose a license? YOU.
There is a study that was published in Food Chemistry, January 2009 called,
“The antiproliferative and antioxidant activities of common vegetables: A comparative study”, where researchers studied the inhibitory (cancer-stopping) effects of 34 vegetable extracts on 8 different tumor cell lines by running vegetables through a juicer and then dripped the extracted juice on different cancer cells to see what would happen. Here are the top 10 anti-cancer vegetables from this study:
First place goes to garlic. This vegetable completely stopped the growth against these tumor cell lines: Breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, childhood brain cancer, and stomach cancer.
When it comes to kidney cancer, leeks are number one, while garlic is number 2. Well, technically, almost all vegetables from the Allium and Cruciferous families completely stopped growth in the various cancers tested.
Among them are:
- Allium vegetables: Garlic, Leeks, Yellow and Green Onions
- Cruciferous vegetables:Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Red cabbage and Curly Cabbage
- Spinach and Beet Rootalso scored in the top ten against many of the cancers tested.
- Honorable mentions: Asparagus, fiddlehead, green beans, radishes and rutabaga.
- Poor Performers:Acorn Squash, Bok Choy, Boston Lettuce, Carrot, Endive, English Cucumber, Fennel Bulb, Jalapeño, Orange Sweet Pepper, Potato, Radicchio, Romaine lettuce, and Tomatoes.
“The extracts from cruciferous vegetables as well as those from vegetables of the genus Allium inhibited the proliferation of all tested cancer cell lines whereas extracts from vegetables most commonly consumed in Western countries were much less effective. The antiproliferative effect of vegetables was specific to cells of cancerous origin and was found to be largely independent of their antioxidant properties. These results thus indicate that vegetables have very different inhibitory activities towards cancer cells and that the inclusion of cruciferous and Allium vegetables in the diet is essential for effective dietary-based chemopreventive strategies.” reads one of the excerpt from the paper’s abstract,or in more simpler words:
-Allium and cruciferous veggies stopped cancer growth.
-Commonly consumed vegetables did not work as well.
-The antioxidant content of veggies was not a key anti-cancer factor.
-Different vegetables work for different cancers.
-Allium and cruciferous veggies should be eaten to prevent cancer.
Sadly, the commonly consumed vegetables in Western countries had very little effect on cancer cell growth. The top three (potatoes, lettuce and carrots) account for 60% of the vegetables we Westerners are eating. 32% of our vegetable intake is potatoes, and half of that is actually french fries. But, the ones that had the highest rank, dark greens, cruciferous veggies and garlic account for less than 1% of our Western diet.
NOTE: Radishes were shown to stop tumor growth by 95-100% for breast and stomach cancer, but may have even increased tumor growth by 20-25% in pancreatic, brain, lung and kidney cancer.
Now, before you lose all hope in the ‘poor performers’, this is a laboratory study showing only what a vegetable extract did to when applied directly to cancer cells. The study does not take into account the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that indirectly support your body’s ability to detoxify and heal. Let’s take carrots for example: they are a powerful source of Beta Carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body, Vitamin A supports your liver, and the liver is a crucial component of your immune system because it detoxes your body. And knowing that cancer is a product of a toxic body, detoxing your body is extremely important.
So, start implementing plenty of vegetables in your diet TODAY. Make a salad specifically spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, red cabbage, leeks, and garlic powder. This is an incredible cancer-fighting combo. Also, it is recommended to eat (if you can) several cloves of garlic per day.