Lemon and garlic extracts proven to eliminate breast cancer cells.
I recently stumbled across a fascinating 2017 study, which investigated the anticancer effects of lemon and garlic extracts against breast cancer.
I consumed copious amounts of garlic daily during the most intensive phase of my cancer-healing journey, but most folks are reluctant to consume garlic due to it’s strong flavor, or because they just don’t want to smell like garlic.
Note: Cooking garlic significantly reduces its anticancer 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.
Citrus fruits such as lemons are rich in anti-cancer compounds like limonene, especially in the peels.
Researchers speculated that combining garlic and lemon extracts might increase the anticancer activity of garlic by providing the acidic environment needed to enhance organosulphur compound production, and by adding more phytochemicals from lemons with possible anticancer activity.
In this study, mice were injected with breast cancer cells. The injected cancer cells were allowed to grow for 14 days, in order to form tumors. The mice were then separated into four different groups and given either saline (control group), garlic extract, lemon extract, or both extracts, injected into their stomachs once daily.
The reason for stomach injection was to insure that all mice consumed an equal dose.
Surprisingly, after just 14 days of treatment with either lemon extract or garlic extract, the tumors shrunk by an average of 80%, and 60% of the mice were completely cancer free!
Meanwhile, the control group of mice not given either extract had an increase in tumor size of 566%.
But wait, it gets better.
Tumors shrunk by an average of 91% and completely disappeared in 80% of the mice treated with BOTH lemon and garlic extracts!
So, while lemon and garlic extracts are already potent anticancer agents on their own, there appears to be powerful synergistic anticancer effects when the two are combined. The combination also showed no signs of kidney or liver toxicity.
It’s worth noting that 30% of the mice in the control group had no detectable tumors at the end of the study, indicating that their bodies either prevented or healed cancer without any help from garlic or lemons.
Here’s how the researchers did it.
Fresh garlic bulbs and lemons were washed and dried. Peeled garlic bulbs and whole unpeeled lemons were then used to prepare extracts in distilled water.
1 lb (500 grams) of each plant material was chopped into small pieces and vigorously mixed in 1 liter of distilled water, using an electric mixer (a blender could work as well). The resulting solution was then strained and filtered. You can do this with a cheese cloth or nut milk straining bag.
This will yield approximately 1 liter of each extract, which is a lot. If you would like to make a smaller batch just maintain the ratio of equal amounts of garlic and lemon and 2:1 of distilled water and plant material (scroll down for instructions).
*Distilled water is commonly used in lab experiments to exclude confounding factors like chlorine, fluoride or other contaminants, which could react with chemicals used in a lab test and alter the results of an experiment. I doubt that the type of water you use will have any effect on the potency or efficacy of the garlic or lemon extracts, filtered water should be fine. Frankly, if all you have is tap water, go for it.
Doses of the extract were given in a 50 mg/kg ratio (50 milligrams of extract per kilogram of subject’s body weight). The most successfully treated mice received 50 mg/kg garlic extract + 50 mg/kg lemon extract, for a total of 100 mg/kg of body weight.
100mg is 0.1 mL of liquid. That equates to 0.02 teaspoons per kilogram of body weight.
So how much should a human take?
Americans, divide your weight in pounds by 2.2. Then multiple that number by 0.02, and that will give you the human equivalent number of teaspoons that the mice were given each day, based on your body weight.
A 150lb person divided by 2.2 equals 68.
68 multiplied by 0.02 equals 1.36.
Rounding up, that’s 1.5 teaspoons per day
For my metric friends…
A 68 kg person would take 0.1 mL of extract per kg of body weight.
That would be 6.8 ml, which also rounds up to 1.5 teaspoons per day.
Cowboy Math: Take 1/2 teaspoon per 50 lbs of body weight per day.
One large garlic bulb and one small lemon yielded 8 ounces of extract, which is a 32-day supply for a 150 lb person using the formula above.
In our experience, a batch of the extract stays fresh about one week. Around two weeks it really starts to get funky. I think it’s best to make a new batch each week.
Biohacking just got literal…
The first time I made this formula I took a tablespoon of it and got it down no problem. Later that evening, because I’m a wild and crazy guy, I decided to see what would happen if I drank 4 ounces at once…
And that, dear reader, was a mistake.
I immediately felt lightheaded, tingly, nauseous, and I began salivating profusely. So I politely excused myself, stepped outside, walked out into the yard and bent over, fully expecting to barf, but surprisingly after a few minutes the urge passed. Apparently my body changed its mind… Whew! Lesson learned.
Chris almost barfs so you don’t have to!
Even in small doses, to avoid nausea, it may be helpful to NOT take it on an empty stomach.
Special Note: Even though the 80% of the mice were tumor-free after being treated with lemon and garlic extracts for 14 days, this protocol, if effective in humans, is not likely to produce results that fast. One mouse day is the equivalent of about 40 human days, so 14 mouse days would be 560 human days or about 1.5 years. Healing takes time.
Having said that, 1.5 teaspoons per day is a very small dose for a 150lb person. Could taking a larger daily dose speed up the anticancer results? I have no idea. And I have no idea how much the maximum daily dose could be, but if I had cancer I would be inclined to gradually increase my daily dose to as much as I could stomach or stand. Someone I know has been taking one tablespoon three times per day with no problems, which is over seven times the daily dose for her weight.
Remember this is NOT medical advice. If you consume high doses of lemon garlic extract, you do so at your own risk.
*If you are taking pharmaceutical drugs make sure there aren’t any contraindications with the drugs you are taking. Remember, any time you consume plant extracts medicinally you do so at your own risk.
Here’s how to make lemon garlic extract at home…
Borrow a Weight Watchers food scale from your Mother-in-law.
Put a piece of electrical tape over the Weight Watchers logo so your blog readers don’t ask why you have a Weight Watchers scale.
Weigh a lemon.
Peel and chop enough garlic to equal the same weight as the lemon.
Let the garlic sit for 10-15 minutes after chopping to activate the beneficial anticancer compounds.
Put the garlic and the unpeeled lemon in a blender together and add twice as much water as plant material. I had roughly 4 ounces of garlic and lemon combined so I added 8 ounces of water.
Blend the mixture until it is liquified. Avoid blending so long that it “cooks” it.
Pour the liquid into a nut milk straining bag, or cheese cloth, or panty hose… I used a nut milk bag.
Strain the liquid and squeeze every last drop out.
As you can see, 2 oz of garlic + 2 oz of lemon + 8 oz of water yielded 8 oz of lemon garlic extract.
The lemon garlic extract is now ready for your “enjoyment”.
Put it in an airtight glass jar and store in the fridge.
It will stay fresh for one week, maybe up to two weeks.
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