Manihot esculenta, or better known as cassava, manioc, Brazilian arrowroot, or tapioca, is a plant that originates from the South-American forests that so far has been used in the making of bread and drinks.
Recent study has shown that it also has great potential in treating infertility and cancer, but the health benefits don’t stop there.
This plant’s leaves are rich in proteins, lysine and beta-carotene, while its root is a rich source of calcium and vitamin C. With regular consumption, it will strengthen your bines and improve their resistance, and cure headaches and arthritis.
The tapioca, which is a tasty cassava starch extract, helps with many health conditions like:
- Preventing diabetes
- Protecting against birth anomalies
- Increasing circulation and red blood cell count
- Maintaining fluid balance within the body
- Lowering cholesterol
- Protecting bone mineral density
- Improving digestion
- Preventing Alzheimer’s
- Protecting the heart
- Helping in weight loss
If you plan on starting to consume this plant, be cautious. You shouldn’t eat it raw because of its small concentration of poisonous cyanide. In order to consume it, you should cook it thoroughly. Peel it, cut it into pieces and immerse it in alternating hot and cold water. When it’s done, put the soaked leaves in the fridge and leave them for a couple hours. The liquid in which the leaves have soaked should be poured into another liquid solution, like water or fruit juice. Consume this drink before breakfast every morning.
Another fact that proves the efficiency of this plant against cancer is its richness in vitamin B17, which is used in cancer medications.
Knowing this, the ear, nose, and throat surgeon, Dr. Cynthia Jayasuriya started researching foods to find the ones that are high in this vitamin, in order to help herself with the condition she had – transitional cell cancer.
That’s when she found out about this plant on WorldWithoutCancer.org. She consumed it for a whole month, and she ate about 100 grams of manioc, three times a day. She consumed it boiled in the morning and as a curry in the afternoon and night. After a month, the cystoscopy results showed that the cancer was gone.
This is how the Vitamin B17 found in this plant fights cancer cells:
When the manioc is consumed, its vitamin B17 combines in the normal human cell with an enzyme called Rhodanese, which breaks down the B17 into three sugars.
The immature cell cancer cell has a different enzyme, beta-glucosidase, which breaks the B17 into glucose, benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid. The hydrocyanic acid acts like an LTTE cyanide capsule, killing the cancer cell.
But, when the Vitamin B17 combines with the cancer cell enzyme, it breaks into 1 sugar, 1 benzaldehyde and 1 hydrocyanic acid. The hydrocyanic acid kills the cancer cell locally.