Keto Diet Stops Cancer Cell Growth

Keto Diet Cancer Protocol 

Study in mice finds that the ketogenic, or keto, diet helps to eliminate the side effects of a new generation of cancer drugs.

Otto Warburg was a leading cell biologist who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy produced from cellular respiration, but instead from glucose fermentation. Dr. Thomas Seyfried and other cancer researchers agree, and have further discovered that cancer cells are also fueled from the fermentation of the amino acid glutamine.

With ketogenic diets, lowering carbohydrates will reduce your levels of glucose, the fuel that feeds cancer cells. This will put your body into ketosis and will assist in depleting cancer cells of their energy supply. Cancer has ten times more insulin receptors on their cellular surface. This enables cancer cells to gorge themselves in glucose and nutrients coming from the bloodstream at a very high rate. As you continue to consume glucose as your primary diet source, cancer cells will continue to thrive and spread. Cancer cells cannot metabolize fatty acids for energy because they have damaged mitochondria and lack the ability to create energy from aerobic respiration. For this reason, cancer cells thrive in oxygen-depleted environments. Instead, cancer cells metabolize glucose and amino acids. Restricting glucose or the amino acid glutamine is essential to starve off cancer.

Intermittent Fasting

The ketogenic diet is particularly effective when combined with periods of intermittent fasting (learn more about intermittent fasting). Fasting increases ketone production and can starve cancer cells. It is highly recommended that Late stage cancer patients (learn more about late stage cancer) can further weaken their cancer cells by completing a lemon water cleanse for three to seven days. 

The modern diet, snacks and meals have us eating up to five times a day, preventing any sort of intermittent cell fasting. As nutrition is constantly supplied, blood sugar levels remain elevated, insulin levels remain high, and the fuel source needed for cancer cells to develop and grow remains a constant threat. A intermittent cancer fast may involve the following: 

  • An individual eating for a period of only 4-8 hours in one day. 

  • A 20-hour fast, eating food between 3pm and 7pm each day. 

This regular intermittent fasting lifestyle allows the body to produce ketones in order to fuel the entire body. The 20-hour fast may be optimal for individuals with the diagnosis of cancer, but may otherwise be incorporated into your lifestyle using a 16 to 18 hour fasting period.

Food to eat on a Keto Cancer Diet

Low Carb Vegetables

  • Cauliflower 

  • Cabbage

  • Celery 

  • Collard greens

  • Spinach 

  • Brussel sprouts

  • Asparagus 

  • Broccoli 

  • Kale

Protein Source

  • Grass-fed beef

  • Organic pasture poultry

  • Wild game 

  • Fermented dairy

  • Grass-fed raw organic dairy

Healthy Fats

  • Avocado

  • Coconut oil

  • Raw seeds

  • Raw nuts

  • Olive oil

This Keto diet consist of of a meal plan centered around healthy fats. These include:

  • avocados

  • coconut oil

  • butter

  • raw seeds and nuts

  • olive oil

  • eggs

This diet also allows low carbohydrate vegetables such as:

  • cauliflower

  • cabbage

  • celery

  • collard greens

  • spinach

  • Brussels sprouts

  • asparagus

  • broccoli

  • kale

Protein sources in a ketogenic diet generally come from:

  • grass-fed beef

  • organic pastured poultry

  • wild game

  • fish and seafood

  • fermented dairy

  • grass-fed raw organic dairy (full fat)

Organic acids, antioxidants, and enzymes are recommended to help the body develop an alkaline environment. When organic acids are metabolized, foods such as low-sugar fermented drinks, dried herbs, lemon, lime, and apple cider vinegar help to weaken cancer cells by neutralizing acidity and increasing cellular oxygenation.

Creating Optimal Hormone Environment with a Ketogenic Diet

This ketogenic diet is designed to allow an individual to feel satisfied easily as a result of optimal insulin and leptin sensitivity. For example, a man weighing 150 pounds should consume 30-50g/day of carbohydrates and less than 70g/day of protein to maintain an optimal state of ketosis. When only a single meal or two is consumed consisting of approved ketogenic foods, this is easy. 

While practicing the ketogenic diet, it is also recommended to supplement with high quality (non-synthetic) multivitamins, probiotics, and omega-3s. Omega-3 supplementation has been found advantageous to stimulating the anti-cancer effects of the ketogenic diet.