Cancer Fighting Food, Science

The Top 10 Anti-Cancer Vegetables

Photo by David Grunfeld

Photo by David Grunfeld

If you haven’t noticed, we are constantly bombarded with pleas from charities for cancer research money.

“Race for the Cure, Stand Up to Cancer, Buy Pink products, grow a Movember mustache….”

This is often accompanied by the message  that “we are running out of funding for cancer research”. And of course this is a problem, because “without funding for more research, we will never find a cure”.

Cue the shots of bald women and children poisoned by chemo, accompanied by dramatic music. Then insert a high-profile celebrity to say, “The cure is just around the corner. Together we can make cancer history. Please give today.”

Here’s the reality. The mega billion dollar pharmaceutical industry has plenty of money to fund research, they would just prefer that you fund it with your donations instead of theirs.

Real problem #1  They are running out of your money.

Real problem #2 They are only interested in medicines they can patent.

Real problem #3  Research on nutrition and natural therapies is ignored.

There are literally thousands of published peer-reviewed studies demonstrating that the 100,000+ phytonutrients in plants have the ability to prevent and reverse cancer. But because the pharmaceutical industry can’t figure out how to extract these compounds, synthesize them, and patent them for profit, they are ignored.

Doctors can’t even use this published information or they risk losing their license.

But you can!

One of my favorite studies was published in Food Chemistry, January 2009 called,
“The antiproliferative and antioxidant activities of common vegetables: A comparative study”

Researchers studied the inhibitory (cancer-stopping) effects of 34 vegetable extracts on 8 different tumor cell lines.

They basically just ran vegetables through a juicer and then dripped the extracted juice on different cancer cells to see what would happen. Here are the top 10 anti-cancer vegetables from this study…

The #1 most powerful anti-cancer food was Garlic.

Garlic stopped cancer growth COMPLETELY against these tumor cell lines: Breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, childhood brain cancer, and stomach cancer.

Leeks were #1 against kidney cancer. Garlic was #2.

But not just garlic and leeks, almost all vegetables from the Allium and Cruciferous families completely stopped growth in the various cancers tested. Here they are:

Allium vegetables: Garlic, Leeks, Yellow and Green Onions

Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kale, Red cabbage and Curly Cabbage

Spinach and Beet Root also scored in the top ten against many of the cancers tested.

Honorable mentions: Asparagus, fiddlehead, green beans, radishes and rutabaga.

Poor Performers: Acorn Squash, Bok Choy, Boston Lettuce, Carrot, Endive, English Cucumber, Fennel Bulb, Jalapeño, Orange Sweet Pepper, Potato, Radicchio, Romaine lettuce, and Tomatoes.

Here is an excerpt from the paper’s abstract:

“The extracts from cruciferous vegetables as well as those from vegetables of the genus Allium inhibited the proliferation of all tested cancer cell lines whereas extracts from vegetables most commonly consumed in Western countries were much less effective. The antiproliferative effect of vegetables was specific to cells of cancerous origin and was found to be largely independent of their antioxidant properties. These results thus indicate that vegetables have very different inhibitory activities towards cancer cells and that the inclusion of cruciferous and Allium vegetables in the diet is essential for effective dietary-based chemopreventive strategies.”


-Allium and cruciferous veggies stopped cancer cell growth.
-Commonly consumed vegetables did not work as well.
-The antioxidant content of veggies was not a key anti-cancer factor.
-Different vegetables work for different cancers.
-Allium and cruciferous veggies should be eaten to prevent cancer.

So the most commonly consumed vegetables in Western countries had very little effect on cancer cell growth. The top three (potatoes, lettuce and carrots) account for 60% of the vegetables we Westerners are eating. 32% of our vegetable intake is potatoes, and half of that is actually french fries. Nice.

Dark greens, cruciferous veggies and garlic account for less than 1% of our Western diet!

An interesting note:  Radishes were found to stop tumor growth by 95-100% for breast and stomach cancer, but may have even increased tumor growth by 20-25% in pancreatic, brain, lung and kidney cancer. Definitely something to keep in mind.

Have a look at the charts in the study to see which veggies worked best against which cancer.

Read the full study here. The charts are on page 3.

Now if you are familiar with my story you may be thinking, “Wait a minute Chris, didn’t you drink tons of carrot juice every day?”

Yes I did.  (More about that here)

Before you write off the “poor performers”
It’s important to keep in mind that this is a laboratory study showing only what a vegetable extract did to when applied directly to cancer cells. The study does not take into account the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that indirectly support your body’s ability to repair, regenerate, detoxify and heal.

For example, carrots are a potent source of Beta Carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A supports your liver. Your liver is a critical component of your immune system because it detoxifies your body. Cancer is a product of a toxic body, so detoxing your body is critical in healing cancer, and so on.

Having said all that, it makes sense to focus on eating tons of the veggies that were actually killing cancer in the lab.

Also this study confirms why what I did in 2004 worked.

I ate copious amounts of these cancer-fighting vegetables every day in my Giant Cancer-Fighting Salad, specifically spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, red cabbage, and garlic powder. I had no idea about leeks or else they would have been in there too.

And according to Dr. Richard Schulze’s recommendation, I ate several cloves of garlic per day. If garlic kills cancer, then I wanted to saturate my body with garlic. So I would just crush up the cloves and swallow them with a mouthful of water.

I also took Kyolic Garlic Extract.

And yes I reeked, but I lived to tell the tale!


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  • Astrid

    I don’t get it. You’ve written that drinking carrot juice is really helpful yet on this page you list it as a poor performer. Here’s the site: http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/i-juiced-to-beat-cancer-and-turned-orange/

    So is it good against cancer or not? I just got a juicer so that I can juice carrots. Now I’m confused. I had breast cancer and want to prevent myself from getting it again.

  • oyeniyi osundina

    chris’ prescription is perfect solution to most cancer cases.i want to encourage people to return to nature in their diet.eat more raw vegetables than cooked.some of these vegetables are soldiers waiting to destroy ailments.we thank chris for providing this very crucial information.

  • Hi Chris,

    A bg thanks for this research! I immediately went out and bought some fresh garlic, and mentioned your site on my blog.

    Kind regards, and stay well

  • Hi Chris,
    Living half way across the globe from where you are, some of the veggies that you mention don’t exist. But I try my best to follow the vegan diet. I’ve been free from meat, seafood, dairy products, eggs for almost a month now and am feeling great. I read your blog everyday. There is always something I learn from here.

  • Fara

    Hi Chris,
    How about lymphoma? what vegetable works specifically on lymphoma?

  • Aiyana

    Chris, how important do you think it is to eat only organic veggies? I’m wondering if a bit of flexibility is okay after a while …
    or if it’s absolutely important. Thanks.

  • Kelly Salomone

    Hi Chris,

    I started following you a couple of months ago. My husband has GIST cancer mets on the liver. Diagnosed 4 years ago, surgery, gleevec, sutent, now regorafenib. I saw your video yesterday about Megan and her brain tumor. I am going to purchase a champion commercial juicer now. Never juiced. Do you recommend a book for juicing (recipes). I want my husbands cancer to be cured now! He has foot sores from the chemo and about every 6 mos. gets an infection on his right side where the drain tube scars are that will eventually drain. Very painful and not going away. If you can direct me to any daily instructions, I could use some direction. There is so much out there and honestly I feel overwhelmed. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO HELP PEOPLE GET BETTER! I love my husband and want to have this miracle happen to us and our family, especially after losing his mom at 68 three years ago to cancer. You’re the best for helping others!!!

  • Joanna

    Hi Chris, I wish I could handle raw onion but I simply can’t.I can, however, drink juice with garlic and onion pushed through my Omega 8006, along with carrot, cabbage and knob celery. Do you think it will do?

    I also want to thank you for inspiring me to start eating meat again. I have been too hard on myself, I suppose. Being vegetarian (or on and off vegan) for a few years, I was constantly hungry, but the picture of animals being killed in slaughter houses would push the hunger away for some time..and then I would literally fantasize about meet dish again.
    If I’ve ever had problems with weight it was not because I couldn’t loose kilograms but because I couldn’t stop my weight from going down. I suppose you had very similar issues with your metabolism when on raw vegan diet. Thank you for drawing my attention to dr Price. If it wasn’t for you I would never read about his priceless studies, and probably die of malnutrition one day.

    I have no cancer, not that I’m aware of, but stress has already done plenty of damage to my body. I work on this part of my life, too.

    I hope the diet you follow now serves you well. Wishing you and your beautiful family all the best.

  • Amber

    Hi Chris
    Thank you for your inspiring me for all your information.
    I start juicing 5lb carrots plus some other veggies a day a week ago,then I had very bad rashes on face,my face as red as pomegranate,itching and burning,now my skin start peel off,my eyes watering and itching too.I go to google searching the the side effects of carrots juice,i don’t find anything about “rash”,did you have any rash during your “carrots juice” battle with cancer?

    • Hi Amber that sounds like it could be a severe detoxification reaction or an allergic reaction. I did not have any of those symptoms but what you should do is stop juicing or try to get to the bottom of it using process of elimination by eliminating certain ingredients from the juice and try to pinpoint what is causing that reaction in your body

      • Amber

        Hi Chris
        Thank you so much for your reply,I will take your advice.

  • Valerie

    Hi, my 7 year old son has just started the milan protocol for aggressive brain and spine cancer…..we have him on a dairy free feed, can anyone advise or direct me in getting a diet plan or telling me the key ingriedients that may help him alongside his treatment, we are in the UK xxx

  • Kontantin

    Hi Chis very informative website!!! My mother has just been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and are their any specific raw foods that I should tell her about? Also is it okay to steam them or concentrate on Raw Juicing instead – Thanks a million.

  • derek

    Ido thank you for you’re support on this site , I have recenly been diagnosed with squamous lung cancer stage: T 3/4 N2/ M0. The day I was told I changed my life around
    immediatly.I have always been a believer in Ph levels and Idid a test recording a low 5/6 with urine I didn’t bother with saliva as the reading was so bad. I am now a raving vegan and urine Ph is high 7 touching 8 at times but always fluctating-I have a decision to make re chemo and targetted radiationnext week which is gettin easier after reading all ths damage radiation does and survival rates-respectfully derek

  • Cancerkiller

    In any case Nature has provided us the unlimited power of being as healthy as Gods, we just gotta activate it by my discovery – the PCK – The Personal Cancer Killer – the complete prevention and cure (for those now sick) for kids and adults of any diseases – from the common cold to cancer – just an exercise for a minute a day for prevention and for 2 – 3 minutes a day for the cure – any infectious diseases (colds, flues, HIV/AIDS, HPV, HCV, malaria, etc.) are cured for max. 3 days and any cancers (breast, cervical, ovarian, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, etc.) – for max. 30 days – no metastases or recurrences of any cancers are at all possible (Cancer Killer is their devastating destroyer). Even bioterrorism is much too weak against everybody doing the Cancer Killer – any bioterrorist bugs are killed the moment they touch us.
    The price of the Cancer Killer for the USA is €50 Billion – I guess not much for the greatest discovery in human history. I accept checks of €5 Million to disclose it persinally. Everybody will stay absolutely healthy all he time, all life long – never getting sick of any diseases even for a second.

  • Here is a great smoothie recipe. all organic — fill a vitamix blender with unsweetened almond milk/spinach/lettuce/whole avocado/1 cup blueberries/apple/as much cinnamon & turmeric as you like, usually about half a shot glass/LARGE tablespoon of coconut oil/chard/celery. Blend and drink or store in pint jars and take in a cooler with you wherever you go.

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  • Jonas

    Great stuff Chris but what would the below quote mean for triple negative breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain?

    An interesting note: Radishes were shown to stop tumor growth by 95-100% for breast and stomach cancer, but had no effect and may have even increased tumor growth by 20-25% in pancreatic, brain, lung and kidney cancer. Definitely something to keep in mind.

  • Penny

    Hi. I was feeling dizzy pretty bad and a little incoherent with pan in my ear and side of face and headaches. I went to a doctor today and thy said I has fluid in an ear and sinus inflamed whic. Was causing all this. Well they prescribed nasal spray an antihistamine for by fluid a dear drops for oak. I donh like to tak thigs from the doctor because of side effects. Do you know anything that I can do to get rid of the ear fluid? I went to a health store in Southaven, MS and the recommended a nasal spray called Xlear for the sinus but the only thing they had for the fluid was those ear candles. I don’t have anyone to do that for me and am a little cautious about it. Do you hav any advice. Online I seen some say a cotton ball with organic apple cidar vinigar in your ear but I wondered wht you knew. Thanks so much.

  • Ed

    I just linked to your post here on my blog. I would love it if you would give me some feed back on the post. Here it is:


    Thanks, Ed

  • Gracida

    Hello Chris.
    I am desperate for an answer my sister is suffering from leukaemia, she is constantly in and out of the hospital because her red blood count drops to 7 always. They have increased her medication but there is no chemoterapy that has been done. Please suggest was is the best veggies that we could use as well as vitamins to boost her system a bit. Right now there are black patches that are forming on her arm and she can barely walk long distances which result her into shortness of breath and extreme vomiting. Please do answer my post. Thanks a million for your time to read my comment

  • James


    Came across your site. Congrats on everything.

    I had a few questions…and I’ve always been told to question everything.

    We talk about food being something that stops cancer and I truly believe that. But how can we figure out the correlation to say how Japanese who don’t eat most of the vegetables and foods on your list are some of the longest living (is it the seaweed and tea? But they also eat a ton of whit rice which is a no-no according to most cancer fighting food blogs). In South America you have tribes that have no rates and dont have the same vegatables either..in fact they are eating things like fruits and other indigenous fruits. Then you have the guy Carmelo Flores says the traditional Andean diet of quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves has kept him alive for 123 years.

    I know you talked about putting meat back into your diet. What is your blood type? I’m a type-O and want to start a cancer prevention diet to make sure I never get the dreaded C word. Have you ever researched in terms of blood types and diet? I’ve read that type-Os need protein and meat.

    So is it the food? Low caloric intake? Both? Also we have people like Steve Jobs who was a vegan who died of pancreatic cancer and tried alterative treatments. Then the vegan from the Beastie Boys who died from throat cancer?

    Just trying to see what you think of these things in general?

    Lastly, which book do you recommend above all others for someone looking to improve their health and ward off the dreaded C word out of all the books you listed and do you think you should ease your way into the 80% raw diet over a few months?

    Best always

    • Amy Kern-Smith

      HI there James, I was wondering if Chris ever responded to this post as I am very curious about his response to these questions.

    • Danesha Sapp

      I think there needs to be some nuance when looking at the examples you’ve mentioned. Although Japanese people may not eat the same anti-cancer vegetables that Chris is suggesting they ALSO aren’t eating Carl’s Jr., Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. Their diets are low sodium, low fat, and low sugar. On top of that they do eat other types of vegetables and lots of them. I visited Japan for 2 weeks while on a military assignment and their diets are NOTHING like they are here. Their diets are high in fish, not beef and they don’t drown their foods in cheese, sauces, or condiments. Rice is a no-no, when including it in an already high carb, high calorie, high sugar diet. Lastly, just because you practice veganism does not mean that you aren’t currently (or in the past) doing other harmful things to your body that would cause toxicity: like cigarettes, drugs and alcohol.

      I am also an O-blood type. I get plenty of protein from plant-based sources and fish. I have my iron levels routinely checked and it seems to be ok without eating beef, chicken, and pork. Not saying that you have to do it that way but that there’s always other ways to get protein.

      These are just my observations and maybe Chris might have a different response.

  • Mayur

    Hi Chris My Dad Had Got Operated Last Year and Now He is Once Again Attacked By Cancer

    Previously It Was in Left Chin and Now After Getting Operated He Is Suffering from Lower Chin Cancer Please Help Me With Some Usefull Facts I Can’t See My Father Like This……..

  • Tracey

    Hi Chris, I looked at the chart on page 3 – my dad has a tumour in the anal passage and it apparently spreading – to pelvis – which vegetables are good for him to eat and should he be juicing them? any receipes? he is on apricot kernals… and it alot of pain – any ideas for natural pain relief as well?

  • inkaboutit4u.com

    Warning: Dr. Bob Beck says Garlic Kills Brain Cells and should NOT be used if you use the Dr. Bob Beck Silver Pulsar. Dr. Bob Beck did invent the EEG unit and has researched the brain and many other things. Using the Silver Pulsar you see great healing results in 21 days, but if you use it , do NOT eat Garlic.

  • chayla

    you all are truly inspiring people

  • Lina S. Walters

    Hi Chris! Love your videos and website. Feels liberating to be informed. You exude kindness, honesty and integrity. Can never get enough of that good stuff! Question: have you researched the benefits of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)? Does it work on the same concept of maintaining an alkaline Ph and feeding your body to fight disease? :)

  • Travel Tiger

    Do you have any suggestions for an under-active thyroid Chris? Great blogg!

  • This is a GREAT post. I remember going on a garlic binge shortly after marrying my wife (too late, sweetheart), and she and her parents all complained about my reeking breath and entire body! I did it (garlic binged) simply because I LOVE garlic!

    I’ve not recently repeated the experiment, but am encouraged again after reading Chris’s fine article. Thanks, Chris (and I hope my marriage is still secure).

  • Lorcan

    You’re the man Chris, keep up the good work.

  • Toddand Janet Distler

    Dear Chris, My husband has stage 1 lung cancer and he will be going for a noninvasive procedure called cyberknive here in Florida. Todd 66 yrs.old ,he smoked for 50yrs but he gave it up a year and a half ago, He has emphysema and some heart issues which he had a pacemaker implanted a year ago. We are so grateful to have found your healthy food info,Congrats on your recovery. Todd and I will never take chemo,we arefollowing your food regimen of fruits and veggies. I don’t have cancer but have an immune system disorder and also need this food plan. Thanks so much ,God bless you.Todd and Janet,Saint Petersburg,Florida

  • Chris

    Excellent article my friend. So glad I found your website…I’ll sharing as much as I can. Congrats on being a perfect human experiment the corporate elites in big Pharma don’t want to be heard :). You’re living proof that real food heals!

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