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Over 40 Plant-Based Compounds Halt the Spread of Cancer

Elizabeth Renter
January 10th, 2013
Updated 01/10/2013 at 2:45 am
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turmericinspoon 265x165 Over 40 Plant Based Compounds Halt the Spread of CancerCancer wouldn’t be as fatal or as tragic if it didn’t spread. If cancer was a cluster of diseased cells, it would be more easily treatable. But, it’s the spread of cancer, also known as metastasis, that makes it so volatile, so difficult to stop. A study recently published in Cancer and Metastasis Reviews looks at how a plant-based diet can stop this spread, working to halt cancer in its tracks.

“Most research focuses on the prevention of cancer or the treatment of the original cancer tumor, but it’s usually the cancer’s spread to nearby organs that kills you. So rather than attack the tumor, Meadows said,” according to ScienceDaily, “let’s control its spread, or metastasis.”

Gary Meadows, a Washington State University researcher and associate dean for graduate education and scholarship in the College of Pharmacy, says his findings are encouraging, that more than 40 plant-based compounds can “turn on” genes that suppress metastasis.

Meadows and his colleagues poured over countless studies on metastasis, and the work was tedious. “People for the most part did not set out in their research goals to study metastasis suppressor genes,” he said. Traditional cancer researchers didn’t look at how foods, or the compounds in foods, could trigger genes to stop cancer from spreading. So, it was up to Meadows and his colleagues to find these connections themselves.

What they found was that things like amino acids, ginseng extract, vitamin D, curcumin (found in turmeric), and pomegranate juice all affected metastasis suppressor genes in one way or another.

Meadows said their findings only represent a review of studies already out there and that a closer look at these compounds and their role in turning off the spread of cancer is needed. This is a statement I think we can all agree with.

“We’ve kind of focused on the cancer for a long time,” he said. “More recently we’ve started to focus on the cancer in its environment. And the environment, your whole body as an environment, is really important in whether or not that cancer will spread.”

As with every living thing, cancer cells need an environment conducive to growth in order to spread and even survive. When you take away the things that feed cancer and replace them with things that feed whole-body health, you create an environment where such a disease cannot thrive.

Just a few examples of how foods can beat cancer, we’ve seen:

  • A mushroom known as the turkey tail mushroom has been researched and used in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

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  • Julie

    Would love to have seen a 'quick list' of the over 40 plant based compounds included here.

  • Al Thompson, R.E.A., C.E.I.

    Turmeric-Plus – the "super dietary supplement = 850mg veggicaps = turmeric (curcumin) fortified with piperine. Turmeric-Plus is sold exclusively at Fox Drugs of Torrance (CA). Lindberg Nutrition and Nutrition Express (Torrance and Manhattan Beach, CA) will also sell Turmeric-Plus by late summer 2013. Information:, phone: (310) 497-1798.

  • Renard Moreau

    [ Smiles ] Most enlightening!

  • Linda

    Tumeric is amazing and you can literally put this spice on anything. There isn't much of a taste to it, but the health benefits are amazing.. Vitamin D, Omega 3 fish oils, exercise..anything and everything. As Suzanne Somers stated, eat as if your life depends on it. Because of all the chemicals out there, believe me, it makes a huge difference.. make sure you take care and keep up on the latest!!

    • Al Thompson, R.E.A., C.E.I.

      I agree, Linda. This is why I (we) developed and manufacture NEW Turmeric-Plus – the "super dietary supplement". Turmeric (curcumin), however, has poor bioavailability (absorption into the blood stream) so another natural compound is needed to activate turmeric's multiple health benefits. Turmeric-Plus is fortified with Piperine, the active compound in black pepper to increase the bioavailability of Turmeric-Plus by up to 1,000%. According to Y3Kusa, turmeric (curcumin), when combined with piperine, may have the most health benefits of any (single) natural herb on the planet. Turmeric-Plus is sold exclusively at Fox Drugs of Torrance (CA) and will now be on store shelves at Lindberg Nutrition (Torrance and Manhattan Beach, CA) by late summer 2013. More information: Al Thompson – email: phone: (310) 497-1798.

    • Stuart

      Don't forget to add Black Pepper as it increases Tumeric's biodiversity by 1000%

  • deleted3350844

    .. and to all the people here leaving links to miracle cures — there's a special place in hell for those of you who prey on the infirm and the suffering who are desperate for a cure. Shame shame shame on you.

    • Al Thompson, R.E.A., C.E.I.

      I think you are misinformed. Turmeric is a real alternative to toxic drugs for treating cancer and other ailments and diseases. Turmeric has been proven effective and has also been proven more effective than some prescription drugs and has virtually no side effects. I suggest you research the many health benefits of turmeric (curcumin) and milk thistle (to name only two) natural remedies before you discount natural alternatives to expensive prescription drugs and their many side effects. It may save YOUR life down the road someday.

  • coffees1st

    While this is all hopeful news, and we can only pray these studies continue to lead the way to a cure for cancer… the truth is that people die of cancer, and they could drink these natural compounds from a bottle 24-7, and cancer will still get them in the end. My friend tried all this stuff — and honestly? Her life was not prolonged – and she decided to just go ahead and enjoy her beloved Mexican food, and other things she loved – and just enjoy what life she had left. She was vegan all her life, healthy, fit – did not drink/smoke/do drugs/etc…. and we learned that cancer doesn't target unhealthy, unfit people only.. it does not discriminate. So enjoy your life. Eat healthy, live healthy – but know that life can be cruelly short. Be kind, be honest…. be happy.

  • Cecille Chan

    Become a vegetarian and make sure you only eat plants which are organic and you will live cancer free…..well..granted you did not inherit cancer genes from your parents who's been eating pesticide laden plants and live in an area where there is a nuclear fall out! Common sense is not very common anymore….really! Just look at how Californians were snookered into believing that proposition 37 is bad for them. The evil corporation, Monsanto, just spent 45 million to make sure daily tv propaganda goes on and on until every single simple- minded citizen believes the proposition is "bad"! Everyone educate yourself and watch the free movies online: "Thrive" and "Zeitgeist". I take care of critically ill patients. I used to give chemotheraphy. Just the thought of it now makes me ill.

  • Gino
    Shiitake ,maitake, relishi, and my favorite a Brazilian mushroom called ABM for short increases natural killer cell 3000%

  • Tammy Bushell

    Um, this is all great, but are we to KNOW exactly what these "40 Plant-based compounds that stop the spread of cancer" ARE?……please? I'd like to stop the spread of cancer……um…..

    • Al Thompson, R.E.A., C.E.I.

      Turmeric (curcumin) is the top cancer-fighting natural herb – more effective than some prescription drugs – without the side effects.. Turmeric, however, has poor bioavailavailability (absorption into the blood stream) if used by itself. Piperine, the natural compound in black pepper, is an excellent "catalyst" that unleashes turmeric;s bioativities and cancer-fighting properties (increases bioavailabiluity by up to 1,000%). Turmeric-Plus is forrtified with piperine (explained at Check out the research on turmeric (curcumin) at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Caner Center – Houston and other cancer research facilities world-wide.

  • katherine

    So what are all 40 plants? What is the Japanese or Chinese name of mushroom?

    • Lili

      Eat a plant based diet rich in leafy greens and an assortment of fruits and vegetables (juicing, green smoothies, raw salads) and healthy fats such as avocados, unrefined/unprocessed coconut butter/oil, raw olive oil (don't heat), raw nuts. Get light exercise every day (walking, stretching, etc) and more intense forms a few times a week and health will come.

      • Tammy

        Yep, do it all and still got bowel cancer. I want to know SPECIFICS!

  • ragingjellyfish

    B"H. This is fantastic information. Your readers may also be interested in the Health Benefits of Oranges which have been linked to cancer-fighting properties, may G-d protect us. Also I have helped compile an exciting list of 10 Great Reasons to Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Especially Organic Ones.

  • Manu

    Hope this helps your wife.