Dietary Approaches to Fighting Cancer

Rewriter
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GINGER


I thought it might be helpful to have one thread for all of the research that has been completed looking at the impact of various foods and herbs on cancer cells. I am going to start with the article below and then take my time going through all the posts and move the food-related ones here. By clearly marking this thread, those who are interested will have information in one place; and those who are not interested can move on.

I hope there are some women here who will find this useful. More to come.

Claudia posted this article:

http://www.med.umich.edu/opm/newspage/2006/ginger.htm

"Ginger causes ovarian cancer cells to die, U-M researchers find

Cell studies show promise for ginger as potential ovarian cancer treatment

Notice to patients: This study represents very preliminary research findings made in the laboratory. Further testing is needed before researchers know how or if ginger should play a role in the treatment of ovarian cancer. U-M researchers do not recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer. Please talk to your oncologist before taking any dietary or herbal supplements. For more information about ovarian cancer treatment, call Cancer AnswerLine at 800-865-1125.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ginger is known to ease nausea and control inflammation. But researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are investigating a new use for this age-old remedy: treating ovarian cancer.

In laboratory studies, researchers found ginger caused ovarian cancer cells to die. Further, the way in which the cells died suggests ginger may avoid the problem common in ovarian cancer of cells becoming resistant to standard treatments.

The researchers are presenting their results in a poster session at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

Researchers used ginger powder, similar to what is sold at grocery stores, only a standardized research grade. The ginger powder was dissolved in solution and applied to ovarian cancer cell cultures. Ginger induced cell death in all the ovarian cancer cell lines tested.

Moreover, the researchers found that ginger caused two types of cell death. One type, known as apoptosis, results from cancer cells essentially committing suicide. The other type of cell death, called autophagy, results from cells digesting or attacking themselves.

“Most ovarian cancer patients develop recurrent disease that eventually becomes resistant to standard chemotherapy – which is associated with resistance to apoptosis. If ginger can cause autophagic cell death in addition to apoptosis, it may circumvent resistance to conventional chemotherapy,” says study author J. Rebecca Liu, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the U-M Medical School and a member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Study results are very preliminary, and researchers plan to test whether they can obtain similar results in animal studies. The appeal of ginger as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer is that it would have virtually no side effects and would be easy to administer as a capsule.

Ginger is effective at controlling inflammation, and inflammation contributes to the development of ovarian cancer cells. By halting the inflammatory reaction, the researchers suspect, ginger also stops cancer cells from growing.

“In multiple ovarian cancer cell lines, we found that ginger induced cell death at a similar or better rate than the platinum-based chemotherapy drugs typically used to treat ovarian cancer,” says Jennifer Rhode, M.D., a gynecologic oncology fellow at the U-M Medical School.

Liu’s lab is also looking at the effects on ovarian cancer of resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, and curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric. In addition, researchers at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center are investigating ginger to control nausea from chemotherapy and ginger to prevent colon cancer.

“Patients are using natural products either in place of or in conjunction with chemotherapy, and we don’t know if they work or how they work. We don’t know how these products interact with chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. There’s no good clinical data,” Liu says.

More than 20,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and 15,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. For information about ovarian cancer, go to www.cancer.med.umich.edu/learn/ovarianinfo.htm or call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine at 800-865-1125.

In addition to Rhode and Liu, study authors are undergraduate student Jennifer Huang, research associates Sarah Fogoros and Lijun Tan, and Suzanna Zick, N.D., M.P.H., research investigator in family medicine.

Funding for the study was from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Reference: American Association for Cancer Research 97th annual meeting, April 1-5, 2006, Washington, D.C."
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  • JoAnnDK
    JoAnnDK Member Posts: 275
    Ginger
    I see that the ginger study/article is 5 years old and cannot find anything newer. Do you know of anything more recent?

    I thought it was good that there was a disclaimer/notice to patients at the beginning of the article:"This study represents very preliminary research findings made in the laboratory. Further testing is needed before researchers know how or if ginger should play a role in the treatment of ovarian cancer. U-M researchers do not recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer.........."

    JOANN
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493
    JoAnnDK said:

    Ginger
    I see that the ginger study/article is 5 years old and cannot find anything newer. Do you know of anything more recent?

    I thought it was good that there was a disclaimer/notice to patients at the beginning of the article:"This study represents very preliminary research findings made in the laboratory. Further testing is needed before researchers know how or if ginger should play a role in the treatment of ovarian cancer. U-M researchers do not recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer.........."

    JOANN

    My own disclaimer
    My intention is to simply gather diet-related information in one place. Some of this information I may agree with, and some I may ignore. I imagine that other women here will have a similar reaction. I will conduct further research on those foods that seem promising to me; and I assume that the other women here can conduct their own research. I'm just a reporter.

    As for U-M's disclaimer, it would have been irresponsible to not include it. Also, with drug companies being as powerful as they are, I can't imagine that even with years of controlled studies researchers would EVER be able to state "U-M researchers recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer..." What's the harm, though, in eating my vegetables in ginger sauce?

    Anyway, I started this thread so as to take away any contentiousness and to clearly label a thread so that it was essentially saying "Let the reader beware."
  • daisy366
    daisy366 Member Posts: 1,458 Member
    Rewriter said:

    My own disclaimer
    My intention is to simply gather diet-related information in one place. Some of this information I may agree with, and some I may ignore. I imagine that other women here will have a similar reaction. I will conduct further research on those foods that seem promising to me; and I assume that the other women here can conduct their own research. I'm just a reporter.

    As for U-M's disclaimer, it would have been irresponsible to not include it. Also, with drug companies being as powerful as they are, I can't imagine that even with years of controlled studies researchers would EVER be able to state "U-M researchers recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer..." What's the harm, though, in eating my vegetables in ginger sauce?

    Anyway, I started this thread so as to take away any contentiousness and to clearly label a thread so that it was essentially saying "Let the reader beware."

    amounts
    I skimmed the article - is there any data on amounts of ginger recommended? or which is best - powdered or fresh?
  • JoAnnDK
    JoAnnDK Member Posts: 275
    Rewriter said:

    My own disclaimer
    My intention is to simply gather diet-related information in one place. Some of this information I may agree with, and some I may ignore. I imagine that other women here will have a similar reaction. I will conduct further research on those foods that seem promising to me; and I assume that the other women here can conduct their own research. I'm just a reporter.

    As for U-M's disclaimer, it would have been irresponsible to not include it. Also, with drug companies being as powerful as they are, I can't imagine that even with years of controlled studies researchers would EVER be able to state "U-M researchers recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer..." What's the harm, though, in eating my vegetables in ginger sauce?

    Anyway, I started this thread so as to take away any contentiousness and to clearly label a thread so that it was essentially saying "Let the reader beware."

    I never ......
    I never questioned your intention.

    I was just wondering if there is any newer information about ginger ---- which I would gladly eat morning, noon, and night. As we all well know, in the cancer world, 5 years is a long time.

    You would not believe how many sites contain so-called "valid" information yet have no disclaimer! Not just cancer sites, but other health-related sites. As you said, irresponsible.
  • carolenk
    carolenk Member Posts: 907 Member
    Rewriter said:

    My own disclaimer
    My intention is to simply gather diet-related information in one place. Some of this information I may agree with, and some I may ignore. I imagine that other women here will have a similar reaction. I will conduct further research on those foods that seem promising to me; and I assume that the other women here can conduct their own research. I'm just a reporter.

    As for U-M's disclaimer, it would have been irresponsible to not include it. Also, with drug companies being as powerful as they are, I can't imagine that even with years of controlled studies researchers would EVER be able to state "U-M researchers recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer..." What's the harm, though, in eating my vegetables in ginger sauce?

    Anyway, I started this thread so as to take away any contentiousness and to clearly label a thread so that it was essentially saying "Let the reader beware."

    More benefits of ginger
    Any herbalist will tell you that ginger has a long history as being a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent. For that reason alone, I have included ginger in my anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer way of eating.

    Because ginger is also known for it's ability to block "platelet activating factor," I would caution against using ginger for anyone who has a low platelet count as it may increase their risk of bleeding. The same caution extends to someone on blood thinners (I would nix all herbs for anyone on a blood thinner just to be on the safe side).

    Thanks for sharing.

    Carolen
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493
    JoAnnDK said:

    I never ......
    I never questioned your intention.

    I was just wondering if there is any newer information about ginger ---- which I would gladly eat morning, noon, and night. As we all well know, in the cancer world, 5 years is a long time.

    You would not believe how many sites contain so-called "valid" information yet have no disclaimer! Not just cancer sites, but other health-related sites. As you said, irresponsible.

    Maybe I should start with the new info
    As usual, I acted before really thinking things through. Instead of moving from oldest to newest, I will start with the newest information. Yes, five years can be a long time.
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493
    carolenk said:

    More benefits of ginger
    Any herbalist will tell you that ginger has a long history as being a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent. For that reason alone, I have included ginger in my anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer way of eating.

    Because ginger is also known for it's ability to block "platelet activating factor," I would caution against using ginger for anyone who has a low platelet count as it may increase their risk of bleeding. The same caution extends to someone on blood thinners (I would nix all herbs for anyone on a blood thinner just to be on the safe side).

    Thanks for sharing.

    Carolen

    Newer article
    This article was published more recently; and although it deals with impact of ginger on prostate cancer cells, the mechanism of apoptosis would likely be the same for uterine/endometrial cancer cells:

    http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=/BJN/S0007114511003308a.pdf&code=cd0f9175264b8b7a5695a37a3d8fa71f

    You must cut and paste link.
  • soromer
    soromer Member Posts: 130
    Rewriter said:

    Newer article
    This article was published more recently; and although it deals with impact of ginger on prostate cancer cells, the mechanism of apoptosis would likely be the same for uterine/endometrial cancer cells:

    http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=/BJN/S0007114511003308a.pdf&code=cd0f9175264b8b7a5695a37a3d8fa71f

    You must cut and paste link.

    Link is protected; citation info please
    Thanks for looking this up, but I can't access this site directly. Could you please supply the citation instead?
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493
    soromer said:

    Link is protected; citation info please
    Thanks for looking this up, but I can't access this site directly. Could you please supply the citation instead?

    Citation information
    The web address is journals.cambridge.org, and the article citation is:

    Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer

    Prasanthi Karna 1, Sharmeen Chagani 1, Sushma R. Gundala 1, Padmashree C. G. Rida 1, Ghazia Asif 1, Vibhuti Sharma 1, Meenakshi V. Gupta 2 and Ritu Aneja 1*

    1 Department of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
    2 West Georgia Hospitals, LaGrange, GA 30240, USA

    (Received 3 February 2011 – Revised 4 April 2011 – Accepted 11 May 2011)

    You can access a pdf file of the article by going to the web address, searching for "ginger," and then listing articles according to descending order. This is the most recent article.
  • JoAnnDK
    JoAnnDK Member Posts: 275
    Rewriter said:

    Citation information
    The web address is journals.cambridge.org, and the article citation is:

    Benefits of whole ginger extract in prostate cancer

    Prasanthi Karna 1, Sharmeen Chagani 1, Sushma R. Gundala 1, Padmashree C. G. Rida 1, Ghazia Asif 1, Vibhuti Sharma 1, Meenakshi V. Gupta 2 and Ritu Aneja 1*

    1 Department of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
    2 West Georgia Hospitals, LaGrange, GA 30240, USA

    (Received 3 February 2011 – Revised 4 April 2011 – Accepted 11 May 2011)

    You can access a pdf file of the article by going to the web address, searching for "ginger," and then listing articles according to descending order. This is the most recent article.

    Whole Ginger
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/233099.php ---this article is written in layman's terms.

    I do not think there is yet a source for "whole ginger extract" or if there is, I cannot find it.
  • Susanna23
    Susanna23 Member Posts: 66
    JoAnnDK said:

    Whole Ginger
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/233099.php ---this article is written in layman's terms.

    I do not think there is yet a source for "whole ginger extract" or if there is, I cannot find it.

    Thanks Jill
    You've probably taken on a huge job here, Jill, but I do appreciate it and I know others will too. I put a lump of peeled root ginger and a whole lemon/lime into the juicer with everything else (mixture of beetroot, celery, cucumber etc....)most days.
    Best wishes from the UK
    Susan
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493
    Susanna23 said:

    Thanks Jill
    You've probably taken on a huge job here, Jill, but I do appreciate it and I know others will too. I put a lump of peeled root ginger and a whole lemon/lime into the juicer with everything else (mixture of beetroot, celery, cucumber etc....)most days.
    Best wishes from the UK
    Susan

    This article was first posted by Claudia. She included a link:

    http://www.cancure.org/cancer_fighting_foods.htm

    Cancer Fighting Foods/Spices

    The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related. What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you. Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of foods.

    The following foods have the ability to help stave off cancer and some can even help inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size.

    Avocados are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. They also supply even more potassium than bananas and are a strong source of beta-carotene. Scientists also believe that avocados may also be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer), as well as other sources of liver damage.

    Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower have a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol that can combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety. Broccoli, especially sprouts, also have the phytochemical sulforaphane, a product of glucoraphanin - believed to aid in preventing some types of cancer, like colon and rectal cancer. Sulforaphane induces the production of certain enzymes that can deactivate free radicals and carcinogens. The enzymes have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. However, be aware that the Agriculture Department studied 71 types of broccoli plants and found a 30-fold difference in the amounts of glucoraphanin. It appears that the more bitter the broccoli is, the more glucoraphanin it has. Broccoli sprouts have been developed under the trade name BroccoSprouts that have a consistent level of sulforaphane - as much as 20 times higher than the levels found in mature heads of broccoli.

    Carrots contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. Some research indicated beta carotene may actually cause cancer, but this has not proven that eating carrots, unless in very large quantities - 2 to 3 kilos a day, can cause cancer. In fact, a substance called falcarinol that is found in carrots has been found to reduce the risk of cancer, according to researchers at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS). Kirsten Brandt, head of the research department, explained that isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol. This substance is a polyacethylen, however, so it is important not to cook the carrots.

    Chili peppers and jalapenos contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.

    Cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that may help decrease prostate and other cancers.

    Figs apparently have a derivative of benzaldehyde. It has been reported that investigators at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo say benzaldehyde is highly effective at shrinking tumors, though I haven't seen this report. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says figs, which contain vitamins A and C, and calcium, magnesium and potassium, may curtail appetite and improve weight-loss efforts. Fig juice is also a potent bacteria killer in test-tube studies.

    Flax contains lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to protect against colon cancer and heart disease. See Budwig diet for a specialized diet using flax seed oil and cottage cheese. For studies about flax seed and flax oil, go to our Important News or Archives Page.

    Garlic has immune-enhancing allium compounds (dialyl sultides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances. These substances also help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Diallyl sulfide, a component of garlic oil, has also been shown to render carcinogens in the liver inactive. Studies have linked garlic — as well as onions, leeks, and chives — to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer. Dr. Lenore Arab, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the UNC-CH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) schools of public health and medicine and colleagues analyzed a number of studies and reported their findings in the October 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to the report, people who consume raw or cooked garlic regularly face about half the risk of stomach cancer and two-thirds the risk of colorectal cancer as people who eat little or none. Their studies didn't show garlic supplements had the same effect. It is believed garlic may help prevent stomach cancer because it has anti-bacterial effects against a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, found in the stomach and known to promote cancer there.

    Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro. They also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.Note I am a little conflicted about grapefruit as I have read not such stellar things about it elsewhere.

    Grapes, red contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells - this appears to help slow the growth of tumors.

    Studies show that consumption of green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.

    Kale has indoles, nitrogen compounds which may help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues. In addition, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.

    Licorice root has a chemical, glycyrrhizin, that blocks a component of testosterone and therefore may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. However, excessive amounts can lead to elevated blood pressure.

    Mushrooms - There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system - Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, especially Lentinan, powerful compounds that help in building immunity. They are a source of Beta Glucan. They also have a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying. They also contain Thioproline. These mushrooms can stimulate the production of interferon in the body.

    Extracts from mushrooms have been successfully tested in recent years in Japan as an adjunct to chemotherapy. PSK is made from the Coriolus Versicolor. Maitake mushroom extract is PCM4.

    Nuts contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers. Brazil nut contains 80 micrograms of selenium, which is important for those with prostate cancer. (Note: Many people are allergic to the proteins in nuts, so if you have any symptoms such as itchy mouth, tight throat, wheezing, etc. after eating nuts, stop. Consider taking a selenium supplement instead or work with someone on how to eliminate this allergy.)

    Oranges and lemons contain Iimonene which stimulates cancer-killing immune cells (lymphocytes, e.g.) that may also break down cancer-causing substances.
    Papayas have vitamin C that works as an antioxidant and may also reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Papaya contains folacin (also known as folic acid), which has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers.

    Raspberries contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants known as anthocyanins that may protect against cancer. According to a recent research study reported by Cancer Research 2001;61:6112-6119, rats fed diets of 5% to 10% black raspberries saw the number of esophageal tumors decrease by 43% to 62%. A diet containing 5% black raspberries was more effective than a diet containing 10% black raspberries. Research reported in the journal Nutrition and Cancer in May 2002 shows black raspberries may also thwart colon cancer. Black raspberries are rich in antioxidants, thought to have even more cancer-preventing properties than blueberries and strawberries.

    Red wine, even without alcohol, has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize disease-causing free radicals. Also, researchers at the University of North Carolina's medical school in Chapel Hill found the compound resveratrol, which is found in grape skins. It appears that resveratrol inhibits cell proliferation and can help prevent cancer. However, the findings didn't extend to heavy imbibers, so it should be used in moderation. In addition, alcohol can be toxic to the liver and to the nervous system, and many wines have sulfites, which may be harmful to your health. Note: some research indicates that alcohol is considered a class "A" carcinogen which can actually cause cancer - see http://www.jrussellshealth.com/alccanc.html. You should probably switch to non-alcoholic wines.

    Rosemary may help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. An extract of rosemary, termed carnosol, has inhibited the development of both breast and skin tumors in animals. We haven't found any studies done on humans. Rosemary can be used as a seasoning. It can also be consumed as a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.

    Seaweed and other sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones - important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer. Many sea vegetables also have high concentrations of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine.

    Soy products like tofu contain several types of phytoestrogens — weak, nonsteroidal estrogens that could help prevent both breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes. There are a number of isoflavones in soy products, but research has shown that genistein is the most potent inhibitor of the growth and spread of cancerous cells. It appears to lower breast-cancer risk by inhibiting the growth of epithelial cells and new blood vessels that tumors require to flourish and is being scrutinized as a potential anti-cancer drug. However, there are some precautions to consider when adding soy to your diet. Eating up to 4 or 5 ounces of tofu or other soy a day is probably ok, but research is being done to see if loading up on soy could cause hormone imbalances that stimulate cancer growth. As a precaution, women who have breast cancer or are at high risk should talk to their doctors before taking pure isoflavone powder and pills, extracted from soy.

    Sweet potatoes contain many anticancer properties, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.
    A QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE TEAS, GREEN TEA IS A MORE ALKALINE TEA, THEREFORE IT WON'T GIVE YOUR CANCER CELLS AN ACIDIC JUICE TO THRIVE IN LIKE THE BLACK TEA.

    Teas: Green Tea and Black tea contain certain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. Green tea is best, followed by our more common black tea (herbal teas do not show this benefit). According to a report in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, these polyphenols that are abundant in green tea, red wine and olive oil, may protect against various types of cancer. Dry green tea leaves, which are about 40% polyphenols by weight, may also reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, study findings have suggested.
    Tapioca is derived from the cassava plant. It is one of the many plants that manufactures cyanide by producing a chemical called linamarine which releases hydrogen cyanide when it is broken down by the linamarase enzyme. Spanish researches have been studying the cassava and attempting to clone the genes from the plant which are responsible for producing the hydrogen cyanide and then transfer it to a retrovirus. However, funding for the project has run out. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_317000/317467.stm for more information on this. For a list of other foods that contain B17, go to our laetrile page.

    Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks roaming oxygen molecules, known as free radicals, that are suspected of triggering cancer. It appears that the hotter the weather, the more lycopene tomatoes produce. They also have vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer. Watermelons, carrots, and red peppers also contain these substances, but in lesser quantities. It is concentrated by cooking tomatoes. Scientists in Israel have shown that lycopene can kill mouth cancer cells. An increased intake of lycopene has already been linked to a reduced risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer. (Note: Recent studies indicate that for proper absorption, the body also needs some oil along with lycopene.)

    Tumeric (curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, is believed to have medicinal properties because it inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer. In fact, a pharmaceutical company Phytopharm in the UK hopes to introduce a natural product, P54, that contains certain volatile oils, which greatly increase the potency of the turmeric spice.

    Turnips are said to contain glucose molaes which is a cancer fighting compound. I haven't confirmed this.

    Consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with decreased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.
  • JoAnnDK
    JoAnnDK Member Posts: 275
    Rewriter said:

    This article was first posted by Claudia. She included a link:

    http://www.cancure.org/cancer_fighting_foods.htm

    Cancer Fighting Foods/Spices

    The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related. What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you. Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of foods.

    The following foods have the ability to help stave off cancer and some can even help inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size.

    Avocados are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. They also supply even more potassium than bananas and are a strong source of beta-carotene. Scientists also believe that avocados may also be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer), as well as other sources of liver damage.

    Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower have a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol that can combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety. Broccoli, especially sprouts, also have the phytochemical sulforaphane, a product of glucoraphanin - believed to aid in preventing some types of cancer, like colon and rectal cancer. Sulforaphane induces the production of certain enzymes that can deactivate free radicals and carcinogens. The enzymes have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. However, be aware that the Agriculture Department studied 71 types of broccoli plants and found a 30-fold difference in the amounts of glucoraphanin. It appears that the more bitter the broccoli is, the more glucoraphanin it has. Broccoli sprouts have been developed under the trade name BroccoSprouts that have a consistent level of sulforaphane - as much as 20 times higher than the levels found in mature heads of broccoli.

    Carrots contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. Some research indicated beta carotene may actually cause cancer, but this has not proven that eating carrots, unless in very large quantities - 2 to 3 kilos a day, can cause cancer. In fact, a substance called falcarinol that is found in carrots has been found to reduce the risk of cancer, according to researchers at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS). Kirsten Brandt, head of the research department, explained that isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol. This substance is a polyacethylen, however, so it is important not to cook the carrots.

    Chili peppers and jalapenos contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.

    Cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that may help decrease prostate and other cancers.

    Figs apparently have a derivative of benzaldehyde. It has been reported that investigators at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo say benzaldehyde is highly effective at shrinking tumors, though I haven't seen this report. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says figs, which contain vitamins A and C, and calcium, magnesium and potassium, may curtail appetite and improve weight-loss efforts. Fig juice is also a potent bacteria killer in test-tube studies.

    Flax contains lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to protect against colon cancer and heart disease. See Budwig diet for a specialized diet using flax seed oil and cottage cheese. For studies about flax seed and flax oil, go to our Important News or Archives Page.

    Garlic has immune-enhancing allium compounds (dialyl sultides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances. These substances also help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Diallyl sulfide, a component of garlic oil, has also been shown to render carcinogens in the liver inactive. Studies have linked garlic — as well as onions, leeks, and chives — to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer. Dr. Lenore Arab, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the UNC-CH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) schools of public health and medicine and colleagues analyzed a number of studies and reported their findings in the October 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to the report, people who consume raw or cooked garlic regularly face about half the risk of stomach cancer and two-thirds the risk of colorectal cancer as people who eat little or none. Their studies didn't show garlic supplements had the same effect. It is believed garlic may help prevent stomach cancer because it has anti-bacterial effects against a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, found in the stomach and known to promote cancer there.

    Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro. They also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.Note I am a little conflicted about grapefruit as I have read not such stellar things about it elsewhere.

    Grapes, red contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells - this appears to help slow the growth of tumors.

    Studies show that consumption of green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.

    Kale has indoles, nitrogen compounds which may help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues. In addition, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.

    Licorice root has a chemical, glycyrrhizin, that blocks a component of testosterone and therefore may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. However, excessive amounts can lead to elevated blood pressure.

    Mushrooms - There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system - Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, especially Lentinan, powerful compounds that help in building immunity. They are a source of Beta Glucan. They also have a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying. They also contain Thioproline. These mushrooms can stimulate the production of interferon in the body.

    Extracts from mushrooms have been successfully tested in recent years in Japan as an adjunct to chemotherapy. PSK is made from the Coriolus Versicolor. Maitake mushroom extract is PCM4.

    Nuts contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers. Brazil nut contains 80 micrograms of selenium, which is important for those with prostate cancer. (Note: Many people are allergic to the proteins in nuts, so if you have any symptoms such as itchy mouth, tight throat, wheezing, etc. after eating nuts, stop. Consider taking a selenium supplement instead or work with someone on how to eliminate this allergy.)

    Oranges and lemons contain Iimonene which stimulates cancer-killing immune cells (lymphocytes, e.g.) that may also break down cancer-causing substances.
    Papayas have vitamin C that works as an antioxidant and may also reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Papaya contains folacin (also known as folic acid), which has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers.

    Raspberries contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants known as anthocyanins that may protect against cancer. According to a recent research study reported by Cancer Research 2001;61:6112-6119, rats fed diets of 5% to 10% black raspberries saw the number of esophageal tumors decrease by 43% to 62%. A diet containing 5% black raspberries was more effective than a diet containing 10% black raspberries. Research reported in the journal Nutrition and Cancer in May 2002 shows black raspberries may also thwart colon cancer. Black raspberries are rich in antioxidants, thought to have even more cancer-preventing properties than blueberries and strawberries.

    Red wine, even without alcohol, has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize disease-causing free radicals. Also, researchers at the University of North Carolina's medical school in Chapel Hill found the compound resveratrol, which is found in grape skins. It appears that resveratrol inhibits cell proliferation and can help prevent cancer. However, the findings didn't extend to heavy imbibers, so it should be used in moderation. In addition, alcohol can be toxic to the liver and to the nervous system, and many wines have sulfites, which may be harmful to your health. Note: some research indicates that alcohol is considered a class "A" carcinogen which can actually cause cancer - see http://www.jrussellshealth.com/alccanc.html. You should probably switch to non-alcoholic wines.

    Rosemary may help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. An extract of rosemary, termed carnosol, has inhibited the development of both breast and skin tumors in animals. We haven't found any studies done on humans. Rosemary can be used as a seasoning. It can also be consumed as a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.

    Seaweed and other sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones - important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer. Many sea vegetables also have high concentrations of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine.

    Soy products like tofu contain several types of phytoestrogens — weak, nonsteroidal estrogens that could help prevent both breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes. There are a number of isoflavones in soy products, but research has shown that genistein is the most potent inhibitor of the growth and spread of cancerous cells. It appears to lower breast-cancer risk by inhibiting the growth of epithelial cells and new blood vessels that tumors require to flourish and is being scrutinized as a potential anti-cancer drug. However, there are some precautions to consider when adding soy to your diet. Eating up to 4 or 5 ounces of tofu or other soy a day is probably ok, but research is being done to see if loading up on soy could cause hormone imbalances that stimulate cancer growth. As a precaution, women who have breast cancer or are at high risk should talk to their doctors before taking pure isoflavone powder and pills, extracted from soy.

    Sweet potatoes contain many anticancer properties, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.
    A QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE TEAS, GREEN TEA IS A MORE ALKALINE TEA, THEREFORE IT WON'T GIVE YOUR CANCER CELLS AN ACIDIC JUICE TO THRIVE IN LIKE THE BLACK TEA.

    Teas: Green Tea and Black tea contain certain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. Green tea is best, followed by our more common black tea (herbal teas do not show this benefit). According to a report in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, these polyphenols that are abundant in green tea, red wine and olive oil, may protect against various types of cancer. Dry green tea leaves, which are about 40% polyphenols by weight, may also reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, study findings have suggested.
    Tapioca is derived from the cassava plant. It is one of the many plants that manufactures cyanide by producing a chemical called linamarine which releases hydrogen cyanide when it is broken down by the linamarase enzyme. Spanish researches have been studying the cassava and attempting to clone the genes from the plant which are responsible for producing the hydrogen cyanide and then transfer it to a retrovirus. However, funding for the project has run out. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_317000/317467.stm for more information on this. For a list of other foods that contain B17, go to our laetrile page.

    Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks roaming oxygen molecules, known as free radicals, that are suspected of triggering cancer. It appears that the hotter the weather, the more lycopene tomatoes produce. They also have vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer. Watermelons, carrots, and red peppers also contain these substances, but in lesser quantities. It is concentrated by cooking tomatoes. Scientists in Israel have shown that lycopene can kill mouth cancer cells. An increased intake of lycopene has already been linked to a reduced risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer. (Note: Recent studies indicate that for proper absorption, the body also needs some oil along with lycopene.)

    Tumeric (curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, is believed to have medicinal properties because it inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer. In fact, a pharmaceutical company Phytopharm in the UK hopes to introduce a natural product, P54, that contains certain volatile oils, which greatly increase the potency of the turmeric spice.

    Turnips are said to contain glucose molaes which is a cancer fighting compound. I haven't confirmed this.

    Consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with decreased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.

    grapefruit
    Jill, in that article above, a note said "Note I am a little conflicted about grapefruit as I have read not such stellar things about it elsewhere."

    I know that my husband's statin prescription says not to eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice. There are many drugs that are boosted too much by these products. Here are articles from Harvard and Mayo about this topic:

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0206d.shtml

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN00413

    However, not all drugs are included in this list. I know that I and other members of my family have been warned about grapefruit when taking antibiotics.
  • Rewriter
    Rewriter Member Posts: 493
    JoAnnDK said:

    grapefruit
    Jill, in that article above, a note said "Note I am a little conflicted about grapefruit as I have read not such stellar things about it elsewhere."

    I know that my husband's statin prescription says not to eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice. There are many drugs that are boosted too much by these products. Here are articles from Harvard and Mayo about this topic:

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0206d.shtml

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN00413

    However, not all drugs are included in this list. I know that I and other members of my family have been warned about grapefruit when taking antibiotics.

    Questionable foods
    I stay away from grapefruit because the jury is still out on the ways in which it might interfere with medications we might be taking. Soy products also fall into the "questionable foods" category, and I choose to avoid them as well.

    Thanks for the article links.
  • culka
    culka Member Posts: 149 Member
    Rewriter said:

    Questionable foods
    I stay away from grapefruit because the jury is still out on the ways in which it might interfere with medications we might be taking. Soy products also fall into the "questionable foods" category, and I choose to avoid them as well.

    Thanks for the article links.

    grapefruit
    contain natural aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid?) maybe that's why.
    According Dr. Norman Walker grapefruit juice diluted anorganic calcium, which is sitting in our joints.
  • JoAnnDK
    JoAnnDK Member Posts: 275
    culka said:

    grapefruit
    contain natural aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid?) maybe that's why.
    According Dr. Norman Walker grapefruit juice diluted anorganic calcium, which is sitting in our joints.

    grapefruit makes....
    ...drugs do too much, which is more of a danger than if they were blocked. Elevated bioavailablity, it is called. Discovered by accident!
  • upsofloating
    upsofloating Member Posts: 466
    Thanks, Jill, for starting
    Thanks, Jill, for starting this thread. It will be great to keep it going with regular posts so it is readily accessible. And thanks to everyone who is adding info.
    Annie
  • HellieC
    HellieC Member Posts: 524 Member
    Rewriter said:

    This article was first posted by Claudia. She included a link:

    http://www.cancure.org/cancer_fighting_foods.htm

    Cancer Fighting Foods/Spices

    The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related. What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you. Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of foods.

    The following foods have the ability to help stave off cancer and some can even help inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size.

    Avocados are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. They also supply even more potassium than bananas and are a strong source of beta-carotene. Scientists also believe that avocados may also be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer), as well as other sources of liver damage.

    Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower have a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol that can combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety. Broccoli, especially sprouts, also have the phytochemical sulforaphane, a product of glucoraphanin - believed to aid in preventing some types of cancer, like colon and rectal cancer. Sulforaphane induces the production of certain enzymes that can deactivate free radicals and carcinogens. The enzymes have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. However, be aware that the Agriculture Department studied 71 types of broccoli plants and found a 30-fold difference in the amounts of glucoraphanin. It appears that the more bitter the broccoli is, the more glucoraphanin it has. Broccoli sprouts have been developed under the trade name BroccoSprouts that have a consistent level of sulforaphane - as much as 20 times higher than the levels found in mature heads of broccoli.

    Carrots contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. Some research indicated beta carotene may actually cause cancer, but this has not proven that eating carrots, unless in very large quantities - 2 to 3 kilos a day, can cause cancer. In fact, a substance called falcarinol that is found in carrots has been found to reduce the risk of cancer, according to researchers at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS). Kirsten Brandt, head of the research department, explained that isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol. This substance is a polyacethylen, however, so it is important not to cook the carrots.

    Chili peppers and jalapenos contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.

    Cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that may help decrease prostate and other cancers.

    Figs apparently have a derivative of benzaldehyde. It has been reported that investigators at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo say benzaldehyde is highly effective at shrinking tumors, though I haven't seen this report. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says figs, which contain vitamins A and C, and calcium, magnesium and potassium, may curtail appetite and improve weight-loss efforts. Fig juice is also a potent bacteria killer in test-tube studies.

    Flax contains lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to protect against colon cancer and heart disease. See Budwig diet for a specialized diet using flax seed oil and cottage cheese. For studies about flax seed and flax oil, go to our Important News or Archives Page.

    Garlic has immune-enhancing allium compounds (dialyl sultides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances. These substances also help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Diallyl sulfide, a component of garlic oil, has also been shown to render carcinogens in the liver inactive. Studies have linked garlic — as well as onions, leeks, and chives — to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer. Dr. Lenore Arab, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the UNC-CH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) schools of public health and medicine and colleagues analyzed a number of studies and reported their findings in the October 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to the report, people who consume raw or cooked garlic regularly face about half the risk of stomach cancer and two-thirds the risk of colorectal cancer as people who eat little or none. Their studies didn't show garlic supplements had the same effect. It is believed garlic may help prevent stomach cancer because it has anti-bacterial effects against a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, found in the stomach and known to promote cancer there.

    Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro. They also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.Note I am a little conflicted about grapefruit as I have read not such stellar things about it elsewhere.

    Grapes, red contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells - this appears to help slow the growth of tumors.

    Studies show that consumption of green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.

    Kale has indoles, nitrogen compounds which may help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues. In addition, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.

    Licorice root has a chemical, glycyrrhizin, that blocks a component of testosterone and therefore may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. However, excessive amounts can lead to elevated blood pressure.

    Mushrooms - There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system - Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, especially Lentinan, powerful compounds that help in building immunity. They are a source of Beta Glucan. They also have a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying. They also contain Thioproline. These mushrooms can stimulate the production of interferon in the body.

    Extracts from mushrooms have been successfully tested in recent years in Japan as an adjunct to chemotherapy. PSK is made from the Coriolus Versicolor. Maitake mushroom extract is PCM4.

    Nuts contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers. Brazil nut contains 80 micrograms of selenium, which is important for those with prostate cancer. (Note: Many people are allergic to the proteins in nuts, so if you have any symptoms such as itchy mouth, tight throat, wheezing, etc. after eating nuts, stop. Consider taking a selenium supplement instead or work with someone on how to eliminate this allergy.)

    Oranges and lemons contain Iimonene which stimulates cancer-killing immune cells (lymphocytes, e.g.) that may also break down cancer-causing substances.
    Papayas have vitamin C that works as an antioxidant and may also reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Papaya contains folacin (also known as folic acid), which has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers.

    Raspberries contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants known as anthocyanins that may protect against cancer. According to a recent research study reported by Cancer Research 2001;61:6112-6119, rats fed diets of 5% to 10% black raspberries saw the number of esophageal tumors decrease by 43% to 62%. A diet containing 5% black raspberries was more effective than a diet containing 10% black raspberries. Research reported in the journal Nutrition and Cancer in May 2002 shows black raspberries may also thwart colon cancer. Black raspberries are rich in antioxidants, thought to have even more cancer-preventing properties than blueberries and strawberries.

    Red wine, even without alcohol, has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize disease-causing free radicals. Also, researchers at the University of North Carolina's medical school in Chapel Hill found the compound resveratrol, which is found in grape skins. It appears that resveratrol inhibits cell proliferation and can help prevent cancer. However, the findings didn't extend to heavy imbibers, so it should be used in moderation. In addition, alcohol can be toxic to the liver and to the nervous system, and many wines have sulfites, which may be harmful to your health. Note: some research indicates that alcohol is considered a class "A" carcinogen which can actually cause cancer - see http://www.jrussellshealth.com/alccanc.html. You should probably switch to non-alcoholic wines.

    Rosemary may help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. An extract of rosemary, termed carnosol, has inhibited the development of both breast and skin tumors in animals. We haven't found any studies done on humans. Rosemary can be used as a seasoning. It can also be consumed as a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.

    Seaweed and other sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones - important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer. Many sea vegetables also have high concentrations of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine.

    Soy products like tofu contain several types of phytoestrogens — weak, nonsteroidal estrogens that could help prevent both breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes. There are a number of isoflavones in soy products, but research has shown that genistein is the most potent inhibitor of the growth and spread of cancerous cells. It appears to lower breast-cancer risk by inhibiting the growth of epithelial cells and new blood vessels that tumors require to flourish and is being scrutinized as a potential anti-cancer drug. However, there are some precautions to consider when adding soy to your diet. Eating up to 4 or 5 ounces of tofu or other soy a day is probably ok, but research is being done to see if loading up on soy could cause hormone imbalances that stimulate cancer growth. As a precaution, women who have breast cancer or are at high risk should talk to their doctors before taking pure isoflavone powder and pills, extracted from soy.

    Sweet potatoes contain many anticancer properties, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.
    A QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE TEAS, GREEN TEA IS A MORE ALKALINE TEA, THEREFORE IT WON'T GIVE YOUR CANCER CELLS AN ACIDIC JUICE TO THRIVE IN LIKE THE BLACK TEA.

    Teas: Green Tea and Black tea contain certain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. Green tea is best, followed by our more common black tea (herbal teas do not show this benefit). According to a report in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, these polyphenols that are abundant in green tea, red wine and olive oil, may protect against various types of cancer. Dry green tea leaves, which are about 40% polyphenols by weight, may also reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, study findings have suggested.
    Tapioca is derived from the cassava plant. It is one of the many plants that manufactures cyanide by producing a chemical called linamarine which releases hydrogen cyanide when it is broken down by the linamarase enzyme. Spanish researches have been studying the cassava and attempting to clone the genes from the plant which are responsible for producing the hydrogen cyanide and then transfer it to a retrovirus. However, funding for the project has run out. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_317000/317467.stm for more information on this. For a list of other foods that contain B17, go to our laetrile page.

    Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks roaming oxygen molecules, known as free radicals, that are suspected of triggering cancer. It appears that the hotter the weather, the more lycopene tomatoes produce. They also have vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer. Watermelons, carrots, and red peppers also contain these substances, but in lesser quantities. It is concentrated by cooking tomatoes. Scientists in Israel have shown that lycopene can kill mouth cancer cells. An increased intake of lycopene has already been linked to a reduced risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer. (Note: Recent studies indicate that for proper absorption, the body also needs some oil along with lycopene.)

    Tumeric (curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, is believed to have medicinal properties because it inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer. In fact, a pharmaceutical company Phytopharm in the UK hopes to introduce a natural product, P54, that contains certain volatile oils, which greatly increase the potency of the turmeric spice.

    Turnips are said to contain glucose molaes which is a cancer fighting compound. I haven't confirmed this.

    Consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with decreased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.

    Thanks, Jill
    Lots of good information there - I need to read this sort of thing regularly, as I do find that my diet tends to swerve away from where it should be occasionally and I need to drag it back to the "good" foods!
    Thank you
    Helen
  • daisy366
    daisy366 Member Posts: 1,458 Member

    Thanks, Jill, for starting
    Thanks, Jill, for starting this thread. It will be great to keep it going with regular posts so it is readily accessible. And thanks to everyone who is adding info.
    Annie

    So if one is just taking supplements - multi, baby aspirin, fish oil - would grapefruit be a GOOD thing in moderation?
  • carolenk
    carolenk Member Posts: 907 Member
    daisy366 said:

    So if one is just taking supplements - multi, baby aspirin, fish oil - would grapefruit be a GOOD thing in moderation?

    citrus foods
    It's the d-limonene in citrus fruits that is known for having an anti-cancer benefit. Eating kumquats is the BEST way to go (the d-limonene is abundant in the peel of the citrus fruits) but, unfortunately, kumquats are not available year-round.

    Naringenin (found in grapefruit juice) has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the human cytochrome P450 isoform CYP1A2 detox pathway--so ONLY those drugs that are metabolized in the liver thru the "CYP1A2" pathway are boosted by grapefruit juice. As a side note: transplant patients are told to take their anti-rejection drugs WITH a big glass of grapefruit juice to keep the drugs in circulation longer.

    Grapefruit seed extract is extremely anti-fungal--just FYI for those of you interested in the cancer-fungus connection. That topic deserves it's own thread.

    Carolen