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Asparagus Cures Cancer?


Can Asparagus Cure Cancer?

Recently we received a copy of an email that has been floating around the Internet for some time now implying that asparagus cures cancer.

The email introduced the origin of the story and several testimonials from people with claims that asparagus did indeed cure their cancer.

Wow!  That simple?  Asparagus?  So I did my research and lo and behold, there is a basis for their claims.

Although there are no valid scientific studies to back up their claims, there is enough nutritional evidence as to the anti-cancer properties of asparagus that one organization has filed for a grant to begin these studies.

And from all I have read with regard to asparagus and cancer, I would encourage you to eat your asparagus if you have cancer or wish to prevent cancer.

The following is a copy of the email article.  Following that is a biochemist’s explanation of why we should include asparagus as part of our protective arsenal.

Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy  of an article, entitled, Asparagus for cancer ‘printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health or over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned  of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked  with him on his project We have accumulated a numb of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case  of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a  schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica’, edited in1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!  We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers tospread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.

Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink.

This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases. As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold.

For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but  the asparagus drink.

As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.

Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth.. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anti-carcinogens and antioxidants.

In any case, contrary to the impression given above there are no peer-reviewed medical studies proving that eating asparagus alone “prevents” or “cures” cancer.

That’s not to say asparagus offers no cancer-fighting benefits whatsoever — there’s a good chance it does, given that it contains vitamin D, folic acid, and the antioxidant glutathione, all thought to play some role in lowering risk factors for certain cancers.

By all means, eat your asparagus!

Dietary glutathione intake from food sources such as asparagus has been associated with protection against certain forms of cancer in addition to potent anti-viral properties.

Researchers at the Institute for Cancer Prevention found in preliminary studies that asparagus, the food with the highest glutathione concentration, is a potentially effective means of enhancing the body’s defense systems and preventing cancer development.

Tests conducted last year indicate that asparagus from Washington contain 70mg/100g of glutathione, a small protein composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine which bind to fat-soluble toxins–more than twice the amount in any other common food.

The ICP study, led by Dr. Despina Komninou, will provide the basis for a major grant underwriting to the National Institutes of Health.  Clinic trials will determine if asparagus may be the ultimate disease prevention food.

So there you have it, eat your asparagus!  Not getting breast, prostate, colon, skin, or other cancers is the best cure of all!

To your good health and longevity and an end to cancer!

Ira Marxe
“The Good Health & Wellness Guy”

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  • Sade Bissada June 7, 2010, 2:02 am

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  • bien June 21, 2010, 6:47 pm

    June 21, 2010

    I start cooking and include asparagus in my diet. I believed that there’s no harm in taking my veggie in particular asparagus. The result I have a smooth movement of my bowel every morning because of asparagus fiber.

    I enjoy the steam asparagus with butter. I included asparagus as one of my arsenal against cancer.

  • Wayne Thomson October 25, 2010, 5:04 am

    this is interesting!thanks for the info

  • Glen Woodfin December 16, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Great news that asparagus could cure cancer, because I love it! A little expensive though.

  • P Marsters January 4, 2011, 4:54 pm

    my mom has cancer and right now she has the will to fight it.shes willing to try anything other than surgery,radiation or chemo.Im gonna give this a shot.Theres no harm in trying..

  • Chez February 18, 2011, 12:03 am

    My dad also received the mail mentioned in this article and decided that there is no harm in trying. He has been taking the asparagus for a few weeks now and his psa count has dropped from 19 to 0.01

  • Robert Strode March 9, 2011, 6:16 am

    I have prostate cancer and barret’s esophogus, will asparagus help at this stage ??

  • Kanata Chiropractor March 23, 2011, 3:26 pm

    Great topic! I think it is great to take a preventitive approach and focus on the healthy lifestyle choices that will prevent/lower the chances of cancer.

  • steve152 July 23, 2011, 6:01 pm

    My wife started boiling , blending and drinking asparagus over 5 months ago when she found out she had ovarian cancer, stage 3. Chemo is over for a month now and her CA-125 is now 6, down from 187. Maybe the asparagus helped, maybe not, but She’s going to still start her day with her asparagus drink. Can only help her, not hurt her.
    But we are wondering since asparagus slows fast moving cells like cancer cells, would it also slow down her hair coming back since hair has fast moving cells also?

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  • melvin spinoza December 19, 2011, 12:03 pm

    marijuana a cancer cure.that is so far wrong it is tantamount to criminal.It causes cancer,not cure it.I been blending the asparagus raw in my daily carrot juice drink.I cannot agree cooking it and destroying enzymes can be comparatively beneficial.melvinspinoza@gmail.com

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  • alternative March 29, 2012, 5:54 pm

    I heard of this before, I sure hope it is true there would be lots of people cured in the USA

  • Pat Rebo April 23, 2012, 10:47 am

    I recieved this same information a couple of yrs ago.The biochemist worked with R.Vensal D.D.S. The way I understood it, there was research done on it and the reason the medical association stopped him from getting any more testamonials is because the DR.S AND PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES CAN’T MAKE MONEY ON NATURAL CURES. Anybody who does use the asparagus and the cancer goes away , let people know. It could save other peoples lives. Thank You for giveing me this chance to speak out.

  • Karin de Laborde May 30, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Hi, I just celebrated my 40th and was super fit when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. I had a full mastectomy and all was good and clear. I needed no further treatment, even after having a second opinion. I was truly grateful to God for this wonderful results. We moved to NZ from SA a few years later, 2006 where all tests showed an all clear. We just got settled in after building a new home with an awesome view and still super fit. We were thankful to God because we believed that He placed us here for a reason. Well, after almost 10 years later, I suddenly started feeling really soar in my left shoulder blade and found this lump on my chest. Man, what a shock! I was diagnosed with, not only, breast cancer but it has also gone into the bones! (Apparently, this is quite common for the cancer to come back after 10 years – I never heard this before) And I was also told that it is the most painful type of cancer and believe me, it is! I had treatment but was told that it is incurable. I had my left hip replaced, I broke my left arm and my right hip is also not good. I am on a really high dosage of morphine, my GP cannot believe it! I heard about asparagus and believe that it is God’s creation! I started taking it daily and things had really slowed down. Then I suddenly just could not handle the taste and stopped. Suddenly my body started aching a lot and lumps started showing up again. I am now taking asparagus again, by purifying it. I do thank God every day. Three years down the line and I am still walking. Just to see my first granddaughter and to see my other daughters’ balls etc. This is, so far, an amazing miracle!

  • Paul Rukstela July 17, 2012, 3:51 am

    I got a forwarded email yesterday from a former teacher/coach at the old Brooklyn School. The email was all about the beneficial effects of asparagus as a preventative/cure for some types of cancer. I’ll bet if my siblings and I had this knowledge back when we were cutting asparagus every day after school in the springtime then we may have thought more kindly of those skinny green cone-heads. Or maybe not. I usually eat lots of asparagus in the spring when it is harvested locally, but I think I may just make asparagus a part of my regular diet all year long.

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  • Lesley September 18, 2013, 12:50 pm

    When my father was in the hospital for hip surgery the doctors found that he had bone cancer. I started him on the pureed asparagus twice a day (I just bought the canned asparagus to save time) and in three months the doctors said the cancer was gone. They couldn’t find it in the bones anymore. The article we read on asparagus said it needed to be cooked, not raw, to be effective. I’m assuming the puree form is because the ends of asparagus can be difficult to chew. If you puree it then this isn’t a problem.

  • Mahendra May 9, 2014, 6:50 am

    Thank you – I am going to try for my wife who has been diognised for Stage 3 Breast Cancer.She will be starting her chemo and radiation next week.

  • phia March 16, 2015, 7:59 pm

    Thank’s imfo. am going to buy asparagus for my daughters.. she has tyroid cancer stage 1

  • jtay July 1, 2015, 10:40 pm

    My sister just diagnosed with lung cancer stage 4. Just learned about drinking asparagus juice. Can i have the way to prepare it or how should i go about preparing the juice for my sister before it gets worse. pls help. thank you.

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