Studies Show Ancient Chinese
Seafood Remedy Can Kill Cancer Cells
July 12th, 2015 by Holly Cornish
Sharon was days away from dying of leukemia.
“Everything was ready for me to die. We had an early Christmas for that reason because I was very, very sick. I didn’t want to live like that.”
Then she tried a special food supplement derived from the sea. Four years later she says, “It gave me back my life.” Keep reading to see what she was talking about. . .
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This “Forbidden” Food
It’s being called a “silent epidemic”…
A brain health crisis already growing faster than Alzheimer’s disease or dementia…and affecting the memory and cognitive ability of Americans as young as 40.
Over the next decade, the U.S. government will spend more than $3 billion to study this threat.
But you know what? They don’t need to spend the $3 billion because the major cause of memory loss has already been identified. Yet almost no one knows about it.
Millions of people are losing their memories and seeing their brain health go downhill because nine out of ten of us don’t consume enough of vital nutrients we need for healthy brains. And when it comes to one of the most important nutrients of all…
we don’t get enough because doctors tell us NOT to eat the foods that happen to be richest in this “missing ingredient for good brain health”!!
That’s right, the very food you need most for memory and cognitive health is a forbidden food! It’s a national scandal… but it’s also an opportunity for you to save your brain and improve your memory like you wouldn’t believe…
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The supplement that came to Sharon’s rescue is called TBL-12. It’s currently undergoing preliminary human trials for asymptomatic myeloma, but it appears to have value in all forms of cancer.
It was developed by the late Sam Grant from Australia.
In 1962 he was suffering from stomach cancer and was given six months to live. Then he met a Chinese fisherman who encouraged him to eat certain sea foods.
Gradually his condition improved, and he died 47 years later at the age of 89.
TBL-12 is made out of the sea ingredients he consumed, the main component being sea cucumber. Despite the name, it’s not a vegetable but a soft-bodied echinoderm, a class that includes sea urchins and starfish. Sea cucumbers have a leathery skin and a cucumber-like shape, ranging in size from less than an inch to a whopping 6½ feet.
According to Sam Grant, “80% of the people who try TBL-12 have excellent success.” Not all survive, of course, but nearly all experience an improved quality of life.
There are over 1,250 known species of sea cucumber found moving along the floor of the world’s oceans with their rows of tube feet. The feet act like vacuum cleaners, sucking up dead organisms, mud, feces etc., filtering over five pounds of organic waste matter every week.
Revered by the Chinese for centuries
Sea cucumbers have a long tradition in Chinese medicine.
In 219 BC, the magician Xu Fu, while living on an island with his followers, discovered an ugly looking “freak creature.” It was cooked for him and he found it so delicious, he began to eat it every day.
As the story goes, several days later he could feel the ‘life force’ running freely throughout his body. He felt robust, healthy and energetic.
He stayed on the island for more than 50 years. As he was nearing 90, it’s said that he still looked youthful, with black hair and beard and no signs of disease.
The food, which he called sea mud because of its color, was considered to be an “everlasting elixir.”
That’s just one of many legends that surround the sea cucumber. Because of this folklore, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Asian countries for centuries. The Chinese call it haishen, meaning ‘ginseng of the sea’.
People take it as a longevity tonic and use it to treat a wide variety of ailments including asthma, ulcers, high blood pressure, wound healing, frequent urination, arthritis, joint pain, fatigue, impotence, constipation and more.
Rich in valuable nutrients and bioactive compounds
Sea cucumbers contain an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron.
They also contain a huge range of bioactive compounds – saponins, phenols, fatty acids, lectins, sterols and much else. They are particularly rich in chondroitin sulfates and glycoaminolglycans which are often found in joint pain formulas.
Properties ascribed to various varieties of sea cucumber were listed in the journal Marine Drugs as including “antiangiogenic [limits pathologic formation of new blood vessels that support tumors], anticancer, anticoagulant, anti-hypertension, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antithrombotic, antitumor and wound healing…”
Frondoside A – a powerful anti-lung cancer agent
Some of the compounds in sea cucumber are reported to be effective against cancer in laboratory studies. One of the most studied is a triterpenoid glycoside called Frondoside A, extracted from the species Cucumaria frondosa.
This substance was tested to see what effect it had on the progression of various lines of lung cancer cells in lab cultures. It was found to be cytotoxic, strongly inhibiting their survival, migration and invasion capabilities.
Frondoside A was also tested on lung tumor development in immune-suppressed mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells. After 25 days tumor volumes were reduced by 41%. The researchers wrote that “Frondoside A caused a strong regression of established tumors.”
They found this was possible even when using a very low dose that was non-toxic to normal cells. The equivalent dose for an adult human weighing 200 pounds would be less than one mg. Increasing the dose a hundred times over did not improve the anticancer effect.
The researchers stated that Frondoside A stimulates the immune system and “is a strong anti-angiogenic agent.”
They pointed out that since angiogenesis supplies oxygen and nutrition for a tumor to allow it to survive, grow and eventually spread, Frondoside A could be a very significant therapeutic compound which “should translate in the clinic to a new, potent anti-lung cancer agent.”
Effective against many forms of cancer
Frondoside A has also been shown to be effective against other cell lines.
In pancreatic cancer, the sea cucumber extract inhibited the growth of tumor cells in lab cultures and strongly stimulated apoptosis (cell death). When human cancerous pancreatic cells were grafted into immune-suppressed mice, researchers observed the same positive effects.
The researchers concluded that “Frondoside A has potent growth inhibitory effects on human pancreatic cancer cells, and the inhibition of proliferation is accompanied by marked apoptosis.”
Frondoside A also appears to have potential as a treatment for breast cancer. In similar experiments, it inhibited the survival, migration and invasion of breast cancer cells, and in mice it prevented tumor growth.
In immune-compromised mice where the tumor was allowed to grow, Frondoside A reduced tumor volume by 87% compared to healthy mice.
Frondoside A also “strongly induced apoptosis of leukemic cells.”
Philinopside A – a powerful inhibitor
of new blood vessel growth
Researchers have also turned their attention to another extract called Philinopside A, isolated from a species of sea cucumber called Pentacta quadrangularis.
Of particular interest is its ability to inhibit receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs).
When a tumor reaches a certain size, its oxygen and nutrient supply is not enough to meet its needs. It therefore secretes cell-signaling proteins to bind to their corresponding RTKs. This stimulates previously inactive endothelial cells to induce angiogenesis.
By preventing this binding from taking place, it’s possible to inhibit many factors associated with cancer growth. The tumor cannot grow, form new blood vessels, invade surrounding tissues or spread to other parts of the body, and apoptosis is promoted.
The sea cucumber extract was shown to inhibit angiogenesis in three of its important stages, endothelial cell proliferation, migration and tube formation.
In one study, Philinopside A was able to inhibit the proliferation of human microvascular endothelial cells by 98.7% and migration by 94.1% in test tube research. Rodent and chick embryo studies also demonstrated strong anti-tumor activity.
The study concludes that “Philinopside A is a promising anti-cancer agent that possesses dual cytotoxic and anti-angiogenic effects…”
A number of other extracts from different species of sea cucumber have also shown promising anti-cancer effects in prostate, colon, cervical, endothelial and liver cells.
At this point we mostly have lab culture and animal studies to go by. Until rigorous human trials take place, we can’t be entirely sure about the potential of sea cucumbers in cancer prevention and treatment — but it does look promising.
Sea cucumber supplements containing either Frondoside A or Philinopside A can be obtained in the United States. TBL-12 is distributed from an island in the South Pacific, but the form of sea cucumber used is not disclosed.
Alternatively, if you are located near an Asian market, you can buy sea cucumber to eat.
If you can overcome its unsightly appearance, you can cook and incorporate it into other dishes, soups and stews. The muscular wall and gonads are reported to be particularly tasty. Recipes can be found on the internet and in Asian cookery books.