Asparagus has miraculous cancer-fighting properties. See Example( s )
Collected via e-mail, March 2009
This item about the supposedly miraculous cancer-fighting properties of asparagus has been bruited about the Internet since October 2006. While it claims to draw its information from a piece titled “Asparagus for Cancer” printed in Cancer News Journal in December 1979, we’ve as yet been unable to locate a copy of that article or find information about either the
However, that article’s provenance aside, asparagus might indeed have certain anti-cancer properties. In addition to this vegetable’s many other nutritional benefits (only
Antioxidants have long been touted as one of the keys to preventing cancer. However, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says of that conviction:
Considerable laboratory evidence from chemical, cell culture, and animal studies indicates that antioxidants may slow or possibly prevent the development of cancer. However, information from recent clinical trials is less clear. In recent years, large-scale, randomized clinical trials reached inconsistent conclusions.
In other words, antioxidants may or may not be the potent cancer-fighters they’re widely believed to
As for the notion that asparagus (or any other food) can actually help cure cancer, however, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center noted:
According to our experts, a poor diet and obesity associated with a poor diet is a risk factor for the development of cancer. However, there is no evidence that certain foods alter the environment of an existing cancer, at the cellular level, and cause it to either die or grow.