The 18 Foods That Can Effectively Eliminate Cancer Cells Within

[Food as Medicine]

 The 18 Foods That Can Effectively Eliminate Cancer Cells Within


Edited by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D.

foodsThere is a common Chinese saying, “Diseases come from the mouth.”  These seemingly simple words in fact contain several levels of meaning: Health issues, nutrition, food safety, and the even deeper issue of healthy diet and food as medicine.  Many incidences of cancer are often associated with the wrong choice of food.  However, certain foods can serve to prevent or kill cancer.  Today I would like to share sixteen foods that can effectively kill or eliminate cancer cells within our bodies according to Chinese medicine and modern research, and should be considered as healthy food.

1.  Bitter melon —  Li Shizhen called it “the first-class melon”

In polarization treatment in the folk sector, bitter melon suffered severely different reputations.  Some people are really “good” with this taste, but many keep their distance from it.  However, what really gives it “a good status” is the Ming Dynasty physician Li, Shizhen (the author of  Compendium of Materia Medica) who called it “the first-class melon” because it is a rare, anti-cancer vegetable.bitter_melon

Western medicine has even proven that the anti-cancer effects of bitter melon comes from a class of quinine protein, is a protein that can activate immune cells. Through these activated immune cells as “secondary handlers,”,it can further kill cancer cells or other abnormal cells.  The bitter melon seeds contain a protease inhibitor which can inhibit the protease secreted by tumor cells, thereby inhibiting cancer cell invasion and metastasis.

2.  Eggplant: “eggplant after frost” is good medicine

EggplantsAmong many TCM prescriptions or non-prescription formulas, “old eggplant after autumn,” “eggplant after frost” (exposed to frost) are frequently used.  More and more evidence shows that the eggplant has effective anti-cancer function.  Some experimental studies have extracted a non-toxic substance from the eggplant for the treatment of gastric cancer and cervical cancer, and received good therapeutic effect. In addition, eggplant contains solanine, cucurbitacin, stachydrine, choline, basil glycosides, saponins, eggplant color substances and other alkaloid materials. It has proven that solanine (龙葵碱) and cucurbitacin (葫芦素) have anti-cancer abilities.  In addition, eggplant flowers, eggplant stem, root, and juice are all good medicines.  The ancient literature recorded the use of autumn eggplant for tumor treatment.

Eggplant is also rich in nutrients; except vitamin A, C is little lower, the levels of other vitamins and minerals are almost the same as in tomatoes, while its protein and calcium are three times higher than tomatoes.

3.  Seaweed: can prevent breast cancer and thyroid cancer

seaweetSeaweed (kelp) is also named as “Kun Bu“ in TCM; it can prevent breast cancer and thyroid cancer. Seaweed (kelp) is rich in iodine, can prevent the “big neck” sickness (hyper-thyroidism) which has been known to affect even women and children in China. In fact,  seaweed has many other kelp “skills:” it contains sodium alginate and carcinogenic effects of strontium, cadmium has strong binding capacity and discharge them in vitro; seaweed selectively kills or inhibits the intestinal bacteria that may cause cancer, but also promotes the fiber contained in the discharge of bile acids and cholesterol; seaweed extract on various cancer cells directly inhibit growth.

4.  Sweet Potato: gradually forgotten anticancer share

sweetpotatoSweet potato: alias yam, red potato, are considered a great food for getting rid of illnesses and prolonging life. In fact, sweet potato also has a strong anti-cancer function (including its ivy and leaves). Recently, scientists have discovered a substance, DHEA, in sweet potatoes, which can effectively prevent colon cancer and breast cancer.


5.  Pumpkin: known as a “God melon”

pumpkinIn some countries, pumpkin is known as “God melon” because it can be both a  main food, and a veggie or side dish.  Americans like to eat pumpkin at the Thanksgiving dinner to express their gratitude to the pumpkin (as well as to the Indian). However, in China, it is now rarely planted as much as it used to be.

Pumpkin can prevent obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol.  It also has a good effect on cancer prevention. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin A.  Also rich in vitamin C, calcium and fiber, pumpkin contains unknown ingredients and tryptophan that can inhibit carcinogens.

6.  Wheat bran: the best anti-cancer dietary fiber

gransAlias bran, it’s the coat that comes from wheat when flouring. It was used as animal feed, not for human consumption.  After using wheat bran to feed livestock, the animal would show ruddy skin, shiny hair, and a very significant healthy state.  Now wheat bran receives increased attention for health. Many Western institutions called on people to eat whole grains, whole wheat foods. Whole wheat food is the food including both wheat flour and the bran.

Wheat bran is the main nutrient “warehouse” of wheat, including vitamin Bs, selenium, magnesium, and other minerals, and almost all the fiber is concentrated in it. It can prevent and treat colorectal cancer, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, constipation, and hemorrhoids. Therefore, many experts believe that wheat bran is the best anti-cancer dietary fiber.

7.  Radish: the “health protection God” of the root vegetables

raddishRadish, Alias turnips, with many varieties, are all anti-cancer experts, so there are Chinese sayings, “Winter eat radish and Summer eat ginger, no need to go see medical doctor for life,” and “October radish is as good as ginseng,”  The Dutch people consider carrots as “national dish;” in Japan and the United States people believe the radish is the “health protection God” of all root vegetables.

Radish has anti-cancer, opening chest, phlegm, and diuretic functions. Radish contains a variety of enzymes that can eliminate the carcinogenic effects of nitrosamines. Its lignin can stimulate the body immunity, enhance macrophage activity, enhancing their ability to swallow and to kill cancer cells. The spicy taste of radish comes from mustard oil, which can stimulate peristalsis, promote excluding (detoxify) carcinogens. Radish also contains many inhibitory mutagenic activity of unknown composition. The vitamin C in radish is greater than in apples or pears, 8-10 times higher. Carrots are rich in carotene, which also has excellent anti-cancer effects.

8.  Kiwi: Vitamin C content is the crown of all fruits

kiwiKiwi is brown color, shaped like potatoe, inside green as emerald therein, adenosine and delicious.  It was the southern mountain wild fruit, and now has been transplanted to different countries. The fruit is rich in sugars, proteins, lipids, vitamins, organic acids and multiple minerals. Vitamin C content of Kiwi ranks the highest in fruit — every 100 grams of kiwi contains 200 mg of V-C, almost 100 times as much as in citrus, and 30 times as in tomatoes.  It is truly a “natural vitamin C tablet,” and also contains rich vitamin P that can protect vascular function, with high nutritional value.

9.  Cauliflower is rich in nutrition

califlowerCauliflower contains protein, fat, sugar, and a variety of vitamins and calcium and iron, bronze, manganese and other minerals.  Long-term consumption of cauliflower increases the liver’s detoxification capacity, and improves the body’s immune system to prevent the occurrence of colds and scurvy.  In addition, it also contains a variety of indole derivatives, which can enhance the body’s resistance to benzopyrene.  Nitrosamines cauliflower also contain enzymes that can break down and “dithiol-thione,” can neutralize the poison and promote the body’s excretion, so eating cauliflower can reduce the chance of cancer, and has multiple health benefits.

10.  Asparagus:

AsparagusAsparagus, also known as Gracilaria, is a high-nutrition vegetable, in some countries it has the “king of vegetables” reputation.  According to experts, studies have shown that asparagus has the function of preventing the spread of cancer. It contains selenium and plant fibers, etc., which can be useful to control a variety of cancers. It has special therapeutic effect on granulation of lymphatic cancer, bladder cancer, skin cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer.  Scientists think the reason for asparagus’ anti-cancer effect is because it contains tissue protein and other nutrients which can normalize cell growth while vitamin C and fiber can enhance the stromal cells, prevent the growth of cancer cells. It can also promote bowel movements and reduce the intestinal absorption of dietary cholesterol, and promote carcinogens excretion. In addition, asparagus contains Tianmen move amide (天门动酰胺), which is also recognized as anti-cancer substance.

11.  Corn may prevent cancer

cornsCorn’s nutritional value is higher than wheat flour and rice.  Regular consumption of corn can prevent arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other diseases. “Coarse grain” such as corn are getting more and more attention from nutritionists.   Research demonstrated that corn is rich in trace elements calcium, magnesium, selenium, etc., and a variety of vitamins. Selenium is an anti-cancer substance, and it plays the role of a scavenger in the body.  The high cellulose content of corn can stimulate gastrointestinal peristalsis, promote bowel movements, and reduce the intestinal absorption of carcinogens, preventing colorectal cancer.  So consumption of corn has some anti-cancer effect. However, it’s necessary to point out that fresh corn is the best choice.

12.  Soy-milk can reduce three risks of cancer

soystofuSoy beans contain a lot of isoflavones and plant hormones. Isoflavones have anticancer effects. Plant hormones can coordinate the body’s endocrine function.  Modern medical research showed that drinking soymilk as a plant protein supplement can reduce breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer, while other food mold compound can improve people’s human endocrine function and enhance body’s anticancer ability so as to achieve anti-cancer and wellness goals. From the perspective of preventive medicine, middle-aged women need to add beans to their diet the most. Drinking soymilk every day can reduce the incidence of breast cancer, and prevent women from premature aging. Soymilk can prolong the organ functions through endocrine system, making women more healthy and energetic.  Therefore, doctors believe that drinking soymilk not only supplements the desired protein for human body, but also has the function of preventing cancer and enhancing wellness. Among various beans, soybeans, peas, lentils, mung beans, and big beans all contain nucleic acid that can prevent cancer.

13.  Green tea prevent cancer

greenteaGreen tea and its extracts have long been studied for health benefits, including cancer prevention.  According to the recent research, tea, especially green tea, has significant function in preventing cancer.

For example, men with prostate cancer who drank green tea had less prostate tissue inflammation (linked to cancer growth) and other changes than those who didn’t drink it.  Please read some updates of green tea and cancer prevention on

14.  Liliaceae: prevention of cancer

onionLiliaceae (green onion, onion, garlic, etc.), and cruciferous (yuan cabbage, radish, turnip, etc.) vegetables, containing large amounts of sulfur compounds, capable of enhancing the role of liver detoxification enzymes, which are required when detoxifying foreign bodies.  Therefore they can enhance the body function to prevent cancer.

15.  Mushrooms: help prevent stomach cancer and esophageal cancermushroom

Mushroom is very nutritious, containing essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, selenium and rich in vitamin D, and it can enhance human immunity, and help prevent stomach cancer and esophageal cancer.


16.  Garlic: has strong inhibitory effect on many cancer cells.

carlicGarlic is the most powerful anti-cancer spice. Studies all over the world have shown it to lower the risk of developing all types of cancers especially colon, stomach, intestinal, and prostate cancer. It has strong antibacterial properties as well as the ability to block formation and halt activation of cancer-causing substances. It can also enhance DNA repair, slow down cell reproduction, and like Turmeric and Oregano, induce apoptosis. It stops cancer growth and kills cancer cells.

Research has confirmed that allicin in garlic has strong inhibitory effect on many cancer cells.  Allicin can block the in-vivo synthesis of nitrosamines. Garlic is rich in selenium and germanium, while germanium can activate macrophage phagocytosis.   The World Health Organization recommends adults have a daily dose of fresh garlic (approximately one clove).

17.  Turmeric — Cancer-fighting spice

turmericTurmeric contains the powerful cancer-fighting polyphenol Curcumin, which has been clinically shown to inhibit growth of various cancer cells including: Bone Cancer, Breast Cancer, Brain Tumors, Colon, Liver, Pancreatic, Stomach, Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, Leukemia, Ovarian, Melanoma, and more!

Curcumin has the ability to block every stage of cancer development, from cell mutation, to tumor growth, to metastasis. It can also kill many different types of cancer cells by triggering apoptosis (programmed cell death) without affecting normal cells. It is because of these known benefits, that curcumin has been the subject of cancer research for many decades.

There are hundreds of published studies demonstrating the anti-cancer power of curcumin, but because the pharmaceutical industry hasn’t figured out how to make a patentable FDA-approved drug out of it, curcumin cannot be used in cancer treatment. This is the reality of “evidence-based medicine”, ignoring all evidence that cannot produce patented profitable drugs.

18.  Broccoli or Broccoli Sprouts.

broccoli-2All cruciferous veggies (think cauliflower, cabbage, kale) contain cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli is the only one with a sizable amount of sulforaphane, a particularly potent compound that boosts the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals, says Dr. Jed Fahey.  A recent University of Michigan study on mice found that sulforaphane also targets cancer stem cells—those that aid in tumor growth.

Your Rx:  Research suggests that the more broccoli, the better—so add it wherever you can, and use broccoli sprouts as an alternative, from salads to omelets to the top of your pizza.


The above 18 healthy foods are the most effective foods for cancer prevention.  For those who care for their health and desire to keep a distance from cancer, you should regularly eat these foods if possible.  For your own health, try not to become a picky eater!


[Note:  Dr. Chen is offering the Qigong Self-Healing Retreat for cancer patients and their family in Baltimore, Maryland in October 18-24, 2015.  During the retreat, Dr. Chris D’Adamo, Director of Research at the Center for Integrative Medicine and nutrition expert, will teach how to choose foods and supplements for your recovery.]


Kevin Chen HeadshotKevin W Chen, an associate professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine (USA).  Dr. Chen was educated in the universities of both China and the United States, and has years of experience and training in blending eastern and western perspectives, and in the practice of life-nurturing methods. As a long-time practitioner of Qigong Yang Sheng, he is one of the few scientists in the U.S. to have both hands-on knowledge of mind-body practice, and an active research career in mind-body medicine, which is funded through grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various foundations.  Dr. Chen devotes his career and life to the practice of Yang Sheng, and promotion of self-healing and mind-body-spirit integration through the non-profit organization, World Institute for Self Healing (WISH)

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