25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation

25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation

A new scientific review identifies 25 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 (check out over 600 on our cancer research database), 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 new 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. Cyclopamine - Corn Lilly [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]

  7. Delphinidin - Blueberry, raspberrry

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

  9. Gossypol - Cottonseed [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]

  10. Guggulsterone - Commiphora (myrrh tree)

  11. Isothiocyanates - Cruciferous vegetables

  12. Linalool - Mint

  13. Lycopene - Grapefruit, tomato

  14. Parthenolide - Feverfew

  15. Perylill alcohol - Mint, cherry, lavender

  16. Piperine - Black pepper

  17. Placycodon saponin - Playycodon grandifloruim

  18. Psoralidin - Psoralea corylilyfolia

  19. Quercetin - Capers, onion

  20. Resveratrol - Grapes, plums, berries

  21. Salinomycin - Streptomyces albus

  22. Silibinin - Milk Thistle

  23. Ursolic acid - Thyme, basil, oregano

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

  25. 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.

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