Flashback Friday: #1 Anticancer Vegetable

Flashback Friday: #1 Anticancer Vegetable

“#1 Anticancer Vegetable” That doesn’t mean some veggies
aren’t better than others. Some of these vegetables target
multiple cancers at the same time. So, using this groundbreaking new data,
let’s play “Which is healthier?” Imagine you’re standing in line at one of those custom
made-to-order salad places, where you get to choose your lettuce,
choose your toppings, then choose your dressing. Let’s assume you don’t have a strong
family history of any particular cancer, and so, aren’t trying to hone in on
avoiding one tumor over any other. First, let’s choose our lettuce. Boston, endive, radicchio,
romaine, or spinach? Which is healthier? Out of the five,
spinach is #1 against breast cancer— remember, the farther down,
the better it is at slowing down these cancer cells. #1 against brain tumors,
#1 against kidney cancer, #1 against lung cancer,
and pediatric brain tumors— that’s why we need to
feed our kids spinach! #1 against pancreatic cancer,
prostate cancer, and stomach cancer. Now it’s not #1 overall; there are 16 vegetables
more powerful at stopping stomach cancer growth
than spinach. But out of those five salad greens,
spinach wins out across the board, against every cancer type tested. What if the salad place said
they were out of spinach, though? Which comes in second,
out of the four left to choose from? For breast cancer,
radicchio is #2. Against brain tumors?
Radicchio. Kidney cancer?
Radicchio. Radicchio, romaine, radicchio,
radicchio, and radicchio. So, overall, out of those choices for
greens, radicchio is second healthiest. Back to the menu. Next, we get to
choose four toppings. Now, there’s a long line
of people behind you, all staring at us
to make our choice. We don’t have time to ponder
and pick the four absolute best, but we can at least make a guess as to
roughly where on the graph they are. Yes or no? According to this
amazing new data, do carrots slow down cancer
cell growth rates more than 50%? Yes or no? The answer is no. No, no, no, no, no, no, and no. So, shredded carrots aren’t going
to make our top toppings choice. What about shredded beets? Yes or no? Yes.
Super yes! Brain tumor?
Just beet it. Kidney cancer is a no; close to 50%,
but not quite there. But then yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. So, overall, yes for beets. Are we putting cucumber
on our salad? As tasty as they may be, no. For most cancers it suppressed
tumor cell growth less than 50%. What about tomatoes? No tomatoes, either. What about a potato? You can actually choose
potatoes for your salad. Yes or no? No potatoes, either. Wait a second; no iceberg lettuce, carrots,
cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes— that’s all people eat! That’s the problem. Even people eating their vegetables,
aren’t really eating their vegetables. The majority of veggies people
commonly eat have little effect. Cutting to the chase: the line at the salad place is
now out the door at this point. In this study,
there was one clear winner. One vegetable that completely
100% stopped cancer growth in seven out of
the eight tumor lines. One of the most important
findings of the year. Which vegetable was it? Was it bok choy?
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, fiddlehead ferns, garlic,
kale, or red cabbage? #1 against breast cancer?
Garlic. #1 against brain tumors?
Garlic. #2 against kidney cancer?
Lung cancer? Garlic. Childhood brain tumors?
Garlic Pancreatic cancer?
Garlic Prostate cancer and stomach cancer?
Garlic So might I suggest a
garlicky salad dressing? But wait. Is it just that garlic
is toxic to all cells? Yes, it stops the growth
of cancer cells, but maybe it stops the growth
of healthy cells, too? That wouldn’t be good. They tested for that. The black bars are the cancer cells;
the white bars are the normal cells. As you can see, garlic slams cancer cells,
but doesn’t touch normal cells, and the same thing with
pretty much all the vegetables. They’re selective; they go after the cancer cells,
but leave the normal cells alone. Veggies are amazing. Now, if you didn’t pick garlic,
and instead chose one of those others, you probably weren’t far off. The two best families of vegetables
for cancer prevention are the cruciferous vegetables,
like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and the allium family vegetables—
like garlic, onions, and leeks. Let me just run through this one last
time to highlight this important concept. Starting from the beginning. Cruciferous vegetables in green;
allium family vegetables in yellow. So what I want you to notice is the
clustering of colors over to the right side, which illustrates the power of these two
superfood classes of vegetables— whether for breast cancer,
brain cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, or brain cancer. Interestingly, you’ll notice that bok choy
is often the kind of odd one out— apparently the least healthy
of the cruciferous vegetables. Pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer,
and finally, stomach cancer. So you know all those recipes
that start with garlic and onions, and then throw
you in some greens? That is the way to eat. The researchers conclude: “The inclusion of cruciferous
and Allium [family] vegetables in the diet is
essential for effective dietary-based chemopreventive
[or cancer-preventive] strategies.”


  1. Give it a study about weeds, like stinging nessel, gootweed …I think they have more vitamins and nutrtions like normal vegetables

  2. I saw that Yellow Onions were on the list, but not Red Onions. I know in your previous videos you have said that the "purple foods" (red onions being one) are better for you and it you had a choice to go with the "purple version". I'm guessing they are absent from these results because they just weren't part of the tests. Would that "assumption" be correct? Thanks for the great information Dr. Gregor.

  3. What do you conclude? Do we eat garlic raw or cooked? How much and how frequent? I’m sure they had a number for that to do the tests.

  4. Full study PDF.

  5. People like me that enjoy his videos can clearly notice there is something off with his voice and energy please vegans eat a little meat from time to time people don't have to know just do it for your health.

  6. I hope onions are grouped with garlic; I won't touch garlic and I don't care how good it is. It's offensive and 3rd world.

  7. Your sound is too low, cant hear anything. But the chime of your intro is piercing loud to the point of destroying my ear drums! You need get your audio in order..

  8. I now eat raw garlic on a daily basis and at first people complained about my smell, but eventually they got used to it and have stopped complaining about it. Perhaps it was because I kept explaining how it helped to prevent cancer and maybe they were tired of hearing about it.

  9. Dr. Greger, I just want to point out that Youtupe is suppressing this video by lower the volume and speed of your voice, make it sounds very timid and hard to hear. By the way, excellent video!!!

  10. Great video! Your energy and writing style Dr. Greger have surely come along way! Nevertheless great information as always!

  11. That's funny I just watched the older video about this yesterday thank you for striving to get the message out you really do care and it shows!

  12. This is my favorite video from Dr Greger, the "Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?" video is my second favorite.

  13. Great video, with a great reminder to eat a larger variety of veggies. But the pronunciation of radicchio was killing me: It's rah-dee-kee-o. TFP!

  14. Thank you Doctor Greger for your knowledge and information. Cancer does run in my family. I did pick spinach and broccoli.

  15. The sound of Radicchio is RadiKKio. It is an italian word.. And as an italian I feel compelled to underline this

  16. A on the video D on the pronunciation of Radicchio . https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/english/radicchio

  17. Can you please make a video about the gut/digestive problems That big vegan youtubers (rawvana, bonny Rebecca etc) have cited as reason to no longer be vegan?

  18. Spinach is high in oxalates, spinach is great for causing issues within your gut, don't fix an issue prevent it.

  19. Thanks a ton Dr. Greber. What a Champ!! you are!! Thanks for your outstading work, not only researching for latest studies, but presenting them to us with suspense and joy!!!

  20. Wait – what about Leeks?!?! It tied or beat the garlic in all the comparisons. I had no idea it did so well against cancer. I love garlic but knew about it's properties, I will be adding leeks to my shopping list.

  21. Doctor, which vegetables and vitamins would you suggest for Hyperthyroidism disorder? I have hair falls and feel weak all day. Please make a video on that.

  22. Great presentation: Just two critiques of the paper: 1. There are no control cells i.e. do the vegetable juices also inhibit proliferation, differentiation or function of healthy prostate or healthy stomach cells etc at the same concentrations/incubation times tested on the cancer cells. 2. A true cell count in each well is lacking (the authors used a proliferation assay that is mitochondria based and plated between 2500-5000 cells/well) -that's a large margin of error, VERY large – up to 100%. To counter this the authors could have assayed the amount of genomic DNA (using the PicoGreen® assay) in each dish and expressed their results as cell no/ DNA – this would account for any cell number differences in each well of their multi-well plates and would normalize the data to cell number as wells with 5000 cells will give a higher reading than wells with only 2500 cells, regardless of the vegetable extract added. Perhaps future work could investigate the effects of the lead (most impressive anti-cancer) vegetable extracts in pre-clinical models of cancer. What about combinations of vegetable extracts or perhaps extracts added at different times? I'm sure they could find an MSc/PhD student/lab technician to give months of fun to.

  23. Does dried garlic work, or only fresh garlic?? I should still eat more fresh garlic.. it's delicious but I have a hard time knowing where to put it.

  24. How does this translate in vivo? Some say for instance that carrots have anti cancer capability, or even cure cancer:

  25. Thank you , " food is our medicine " !  now if everyone would go organic vegetables.      "EAT LIVE FOOD TO LIVE, DEAD FOOD TO DIE ", one of my favorite quotes. Thanks to doctors like you,  we can get a better understanding of health , and quality life . You are a true doctor .

  26. Can you produce a video and either refute or bolster the flood of claims that "micro greens are MORE NUTRITIOUS" than the plants they might grow up to be Most of these claims are being made by people selling seeds and supplies for micro green growing. Let's put their claims to the test!!!!

  27. Dr. Greger, Do you ever comment on negative side effects of eating healthy vegetables e.g. spinach oxalates? It always seams there's no free lunch when eating healthy :-p Best regards, Mike

  28. Carrots are helpful at supporting toxic estrogen detoxification, cucumbers are hydrating, tomatoes support healthy gums (via your own videos) so we shouldn't completely discount them as additions to these other options mentioned in the video.

  29. Some research said, plants don’t like to be eaten and it produces toxic to protect them. I’m really confuse what to eat maybe soil only

  30. Hang on though, what if you're not already fighting cancer? Medicinal effect is not the same as preventative effect. Do we have any double-blind placebo controlled studies that test for whether dietary inclusion or increase in consumption of these vegetables consistently in a diet actually has an effect on lowering ones risk for cancer rate, as opposed to slowing down cancer that is already present?

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