The Every Ingredient is Anti-Cancer Soup

November 20, 2023 6 mins to read
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As an integrative nutrition student as well as a health and wellness influencer, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are nutritional powerhouses, and more specifically carefully crafted nutritional or herbal remedies. This soup recipe is an old Japanese anti-cancer soup – a tantalizing blend of science backed anti-cancer vegetables and herbs, that will help with your battle against Cancer.

The Science Behind the Soup

1. The Power of Phytochemicals:

Research by Professor Hiroshi Maeda’s highlights how vegetable soup can counteract cancer. The key lies in phytochemicals – natural compounds found in vegetables and fruits. These phytochemicals help fight infections from bacteria, viruses, and even toxins. They play a crucial role in detoxing or expelling cancer-causing substances from our bodies, in activating immune cells, and combating cancer cells​​.

2. Cooking for Absorption

Gastrointestinal researcher Takahashi Hiroshi emphasizes the importance of cooking vegetables. Cooking, especially with a bit of oil (preferrable a heathier oil like organic olive, avocado or coconut oil), breaks down the cellulose walls in vegetables, releasing phytochemicals which our body can then absorb. It’s a simple yet effective way to enhance the nutritional value of vegetables like: cabbage, carrot, pumpkin, and onion​​. Cooking is also essential in reducing anti-nutrients found in plants like lectins and oxalates, which can bind to and reduce the availability of nutrients.

3. Eliminating Reactive Oxygen Species

Research by Dr. Joel Wallach, a pioneer in nutritional deficiency diseases, speaks about how most disease results from nutritional deficiencies and often too much free radical oxidative damage along with inadequate antioxidant intake to protect the body. Vegetable soups are loaded with antioxidants that fight against reactive oxygen species (free radicals), which which research shows aids in cancer development. Soups like this one. not only help in preventing cancer but can also alleviate some of the side effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy​​.

The Immune System Connection: Boosting Immunity

If you follow me on social media, I often speak about how the gut houses 70-80% of the immune system – our primary defense against disease. The 2 main ways to support gut health are a) through less intake of gut damaging foods & b) increased intake of probiotics and prebiotic fiber. The dietary fiber in vegetable soups fosters the good bacteria in our intestines, therefore supporting healthy immune system function. Maintaining a balanced intestinal environment plays a significant role in overall immunity​​.

Recipe & Directions | Anti-Cancer Soup

Here’s a simple, nutritious recipe for an anti-cancer vegetable soup. This recipe requires basic ingredients like: onion, carrot, shallot, celery, olive oil, garlic, pumpkin, and cabbage. The preparation is straightforward, involving sautéing, boiling, and simmering these wholesome ingredients​​.

  • Servings: 4 
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes 

Note: Organic

All foods should be certified organic or if shopping from local farmers simply ask them if it’s sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. The reason is because these chemicals have research which shows their potential to promote cancer. The last thing we want in an anti-cancer soup, is more toxic chemicals that damage cells and promote cancerous cell growth.

Ingredients (Organic):

  • ¼ Onion / 45 g
  • 1 medium Carrot / 40 g
  • 1 medium Shallot / 10 g
  • 1 stick Celery / 25 g
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil  / 15 ml
  • 2 cloves Garlic 
  • 3.5 oz Pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes / 100g
  • 1/10 head Cabbage, cut into large pieces / 80 g
  • 2½ cup. Water / 600 ml

Optional: 

  • Salt to taste 
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Sautéed thinly sliced Leek or Broccoli Sprouts as a garnish

Directions:

  1. Prepare your onion by cutting off the ends, peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. Slice carrot, shallot, and celery. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, add olive oil, onion, shallot, celery and saute until fragrant. Add pumpkin, garlic, and cabbage, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add water and bring it to a boil. (Note: Adjust the amount of water to suit your tastes.)
  3. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat until vegetables soften.
  4. Remove from heat. Serve as is or blend soup with a hand blender until smooth.

The Takeaway

Incorporating this anti-cancer vegetable soup into our diet whether to help prevent or combat cancer – is a powerful way to boost the immune system, so that it can do what it was designed to do and destroy cancerous cells. Many conventional medical professionals argue that food isn’t medicine, and while it’s true that medicine has it’s place in acute care…the Medicine 3.0 of the future is largely in prevention through diet and lifestyle – which is my domain, holistic nutrition! The right foods and herbs can be powerful remedies to help combat a range of illnesses, and to strengthen the body for optimal function and overall health. And remember, good health and great taste can go hand in hand!

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Nutritional Info

  • Serving Size: 1 comforting cup
  • Number of Servings: 4 servings per recipe

Each Serving Contains:

  • Calories: 55 – Light on calories, heavy on benefits.
  • Fats:
    • Total Fat: 3.6g (5% of Daily Value)
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5g (3% DV) – Keeps it heart-healthy.
  • Cholesterol: 0mg – Completely cholesterol-free!
  • Sodium: 21mg (1% DV) – Low sodium for a happy heart.
  • Carbohydrates:
    • Total Carbs: 5.9g (2% DV)
    • Dietary Fiber: 1.3g (4% DV) – Good for your gut.
    • Sugars: 2.1g – Just a hint of natural sweetness.
  • Protein: 0.9g – A touch of protein for tissue repair.
  • Vitamins and Minerals:
    • Vitamin D: 0mcg (0% DV) – Time to catch some sunshine!
    • Calcium: 30mg (2% DV) – For bone health.
    • Iron: 0mg (2% DV) – Essential for your blood cells.
    • Potassium: 200mg (4% DV) – Great for muscle function.

Note: The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient contributes to your daily diet. The standard nutritional advice is based on a 2,000-calorie daily intake.

Full credit for original recipe to Epoch Times.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8707526/
  2. https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/strongest-vegetable-authority-anticancer-communicated/dp/4837672620/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25234148/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153217/
  5. https://www.aicr.org/cancer-prevention/food-facts/
  6. https://www.theepochtimes.com/health/every-ingredient-in-this-easy-to-make-soup-has-anti-cancer-benefits-4-seasonal-swaps-4750985?ea_src=ai_recommender&ea_med=a_bot_2_ads

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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