Natural Cancer Fighting Foods

Simple, At-Home Healing Remedies to Support Your Cancer Recovery

When dealing with cancer, it’s often hard to get the energy to do a large amount of cooking using all the wonderful healing foods that we hear about.  However, there are some simple, easy things you can do that will support your body in a wonderful way.

The Healing Power of Lemon and Garlic

Lemons are a good source of vitamin C with less sugar than an orange.  Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and immune enhancer.  Antioxidants are important to reduce inflammation, which is often a precursor to developing cancer.  

Lemons are loaded with cancer-fighting compounds. A test-tube study in Saudi Arabia, for example, showed that lemon fruit extract helped kill breast cancer cells. Similarly, another test-tube study in 2015 indicated that the components in lemon juice successfully inhibited the growth of several types of cancer cells. Lemons also contain compounds like hesperidin and d-limonene. These have both been shown to have cancer-preventing properties. 

Garlic is the number one cancer-fighting vegetable thanks to its unique combination of phytochemicals and organosulphur compounds, the most well-known being allicin (thiosulfonate).

Cooking garlic

Cooking garlic

Note: Cooking garlic reduces its anti-cancer activity. So it is best to consume it raw. If you cook with garlic, let it sit for at least 10 minutes after chopping, before cooking it. This preserves the potency of some of the anti-cancer compounds. 

While lemon and garlic extracts are already potent anti-cancer agents on their own, there appear to be powerful synergistic anti-cancer effects when the two are combined.

Here’s How to Make Your Own Lemon Garlic Extract

Recipe by Chris Wark, “Chris Beat Cancer”  

The best way to consume garlic lemon extract is in a 3:1 ratio, 300 grams of lemon and 100 grams of garlic blended in 16 ounces of purified water, then strained. If you don’t have a scale, this is roughly 3-4 large bulbs of garlic and three average size lemons. The formula doesn’t have to be precise, tripling the amount of lemon makes it easier to drink.

  • Peel and chop the bulbs of garlic. 
  • Let the garlic sit for 10-15 minutes after chopping to activate the beneficial anti-cancer compounds. 
  • Put the garlic and the unpeeled lemons in a blender together with 16 oz of water.
  • Blend the mixture until it is liquified. Avoid blending so long that it “cooks” it. 
  • Pour the liquid into a wire strainer, nut milk straining bag, cheesecloth, or pantyhose.
  • The lemon garlic extract is now ready for your “enjoyment”.
  • Put it in an airtight glass jar and store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for one week, and maybe up to two weeks. You can also freeze it.

Drink 100 ml (3.3 oz) of lemon garlic extract after a meal, 1-3 times per day.

Yummy Turmeric Paste

There are over 2,000 studies that have been done on turmeric and cancer.  To say it’s an anti-cancer powerhouse is an understatement.  There are hundreds of turmeric supplements on the market and it’s hard to know what their potency of them may be.  When you buy fresh turmeric root, you know you are getting the real deal!

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone,  ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical resources comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000-year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties of turmeric include:

Making your own Turmeric paste is not only a healing, therapeutic food, you know you are getting the pure and complete turmeric into your body.  While clinical trials use much higher doses than this recipe (and you would want to research that to increase its effectiveness), there is something about sipping on some Golden Milk that nurtures the body and the mind!

Photo Credit: Marco Verch

Golden Turmeric Paste

  • 1/4 cup dried organic Turmeric OR 2- 3” pieces of fresh turmeric root, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon organic dry ginger OR 1 – 3” piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pure water
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (I use 1/2 teaspoon, not a fan of pepper)
  • Pinch of pink salt

If using dried turmeric and ginger, add to the blender along with all other ingredients and blend on low.  If using fresh turmeric and ginger cut roots into 1” pieces and put in a blender with water.  Blend until very few chunks left.  Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Transfer ingredients to a small pot and turn on low heat, stir often.  For dry ingredients simmer 3-4 minutes, for fresh ingredients, simmer 5-7 minutes or until thick.  Place in a small glass bowl and refrigerate.  The dry ingredient paste will taste stronger.

This will last for 4 weeks in the refrigerator.  You can use 1 teaspoon daily in a smoothie or make Golden Milk with it. 

Golden Milk

If using Turmeric paste that you just made, add 1 teaspoon  to 8oz. of coconut milk.  Canned, organic, full-fat milk will be very filling but a great substitute for ice cream at night!  Heat in a small pan on the stove to simmer, remove from heat and serve as a bedtime snack! 

Golden Milk Recipe

If you do not have turmeric paste, you can use this recipe, serves 2.

  • 2 Cups coconut milk (or full-fat canned coconut diluted with water to make 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground, organic turmeric
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup.

Place all ingredients in a small pan and bring to a simmer, remove from heat and enjoy as an evening beverage! 

Having these simple, healing foods in the refrigerator will give your body the tools it needs to regenerate and heal!

Photo Credit: Marco Verch

About the Author: Chris McKee

Chris McKee Certified Nutritionist and Certified Diet Counselo

Chris McKee is a Certified Nutritionist and Certified Diet Counselor with over 30 years of experience in whole-food cooking, healthy lifestyle coaching, individual nutritional counseling and speaking to 1,000’s of people about the role of good nutrition in preventing disease.

Chris is also a Certified Nutragenomix practitioner and this allows her to look deep into your genetic profile and personalize your nutrition program based on your unique genetic fingerprint.

She runs on-line courses including her 10 Day Clean Eating Challenge, 21 Days Prepping for the Keto Diet as well as her Hope 4 Cancer Recovery program.

Chris and her husband Ed love to travel, hence the name “The Nomadic Nutritionist”.  She is a grandmother of four and a great-grandma of two!  She loves to cook, explore new food finds, hike and fish.

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