Resveratrol, plentiful in grape skins, was the first of these plant extracts to be identified as destroying cancer cells in the lab. Now a long list of them has been compiled in many fruits and vegetables.
“Salvestrols are the wonder nutrients
found in fruit and vegetables that hold potential as yet another safe, effective and natural cancer cure. In 1995, Professor Dan Burke accidentally discovered that cancer cells contained an enzyme that was not found in normal healthy cells. Later on in 1997, after conducting extensive research with Professor Gerry Potter, he discovered that a certain type of polyphenyl (plant nutrient) found in fruit and vegetables was able to bind with this cancer enzyme – and subsequently destroy the cancer cell. The researchers decided to call this group of phytonutrients salvestrols (salve means to save and strol is derived from resveratrol, the first salvestrol). Being the medicinal part of the plant, theses salvestrols taste bitter, which unfortunately means they have been bred out of existence in some strains of fruit (e.g. apples) by large-scale agro-corporate farming, which constantly tries to make everything sweeter to sell more product. Salvestrols belong to another subcategory called phytoalexins, which are substances produced by plants to protect themselves against bacteria, viruses, fungi, insects and ultraviolet light.”
A bitter melon from Asia is also known to kill cancer cells:
Because I live in Hawaii this melon is sold at farmer’s markets and is very popular in Asian soups. Even though I have followed the procedure of cooking it three times and throwing the water out each time I STILL can’t eat it! It is bitterness itself!
h/t Natura Naturans