23 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo and Radiation

23 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo and Radiation
Peppermint is one of about 25 varieties of mint. (Oxana Denezhkina)
Sayer Ji
An important scientific review identifies 23 of the top foods and herbs which kill the cancer stem cells at the root cause of cancer malignancy
There are thousands of natural compounds that have been studied with demonstrable anti-cancer activity, but only a small subset of these have been proven to target and kill the cancer stem cells which lie at the root of cancer malignancy. Turmeric, for instance, we have featured a number of times for this "smart kill" property of targeting just the heart of cancerous tumors. More recently, ginger has been found in pre-clinical research to contain a compound up to 10,000 times more effective than the chemotherapy drug Taxol at killing breast cancer stem cells. Even common food like blueberry have special cancer killing properties, as discussed in a previous article: Research: Radiotherapy Causes Cancer, Blueberry Kills It.

A powerful study published in the journal Anticancer Research titled, "Natural Products That Target Cancer Stem Cells," has made our job much easier of identifying this special category of cancer killers by reviewing the extant literature on the topic and listing the top 25 substances in this category. They are listed here below, along with some of their commonly recognizable dietary sources:

  1. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) - Green Tea

  2. 6-Gingerol - Ginger

  3. β-Carotene - Carrot, Leafy Greens

  4. Baicalein - Chinese Skullcap

  5. Curcumin - Turmeric

  6. Delphinidin - Blueberry, raspberrry

  7. Flavonoids (Genistein) - Soy, red clover, coffee

  8. Guggulsterone - Commiphora (myrrh tree)

  9. Isothiocyanates - Cruciferous vegetables

  10. Linalool - Mint

  11. Lycopene - Grapefruit, tomato

  12. Parthenolide - Feverfew

  13. Perylill alcohol - Mint, cherry, lavender

  14. Piperine - Black pepper

  15. Platycodon saponin - Platycodon grandiflorum

  16. Psoralidin - Psoralea corylilyfolia

  17. Quercetin - Capers, onion

  18. Resveratrol - Grapes, plums, berries

  19. Salinomycin - Streptomyces albus

  20. Silibinin - Milk Thistle

  21. Ursolic acid - Thyme, basil, oregano

  22. Vitamin D3 - Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil

  23. Withaferin A - Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)

Why Are These Substances so Important?

The primary reason why conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy have failed to produce any significant improvements in cancer survival rates is because cancer stem cells are resistant to these interventions. In fact, chemotherapy and especially radiation are both capable of increasing the number and virulence of these cells in a tumor, while at the same time having the well known side effect of further damaging the patient's immune system.

While the cancer industry is still very much resistant to incorporating the implications of these findings into their standard of care (which is highly unethical), there are an increasing number of health practitioners that will not turn their back on the truth and are very much interested in alternative ways to prevent and treat cancer using food and/or plant-based approaches.

The new study addresses the relevance of cancer stem cells as follows:

At present, the cancer industry has failed to produce a single drug that targets the cancer stem cell population of cells within a tumor, as confirmed by the study:

The ability to selectively target cancer cells, and cancer stem cells in particular, while leaving intact the non-tumor cells in tissue is extremely important. We have created a section on our database that indexes research on these substances and now includes sixty seven of them here.

Republished from GreenMedInfo.com

Sayer Ji is the author of the best-selling book Regenerate and Founder & Director of GreenMedInfo.com, the world’s largest open-access natural health database. As a natural health rights advocate, Sayer co-founded Stand For Health Freedom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting basic human, constitutional, and parental rights and recently launched Unite.live, a worldwide platform for conscious content creators.
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