Lemon and garlic extracts proven to eliminate breast cancer cells.
I recently stumbled across a fascinating 2017 study, which investigated the anticancer effects of lemon and garlic extracts against breast cancer.
I consumed copious amounts of garlic daily during the most intensive phase of my cancer-healing journey, but most folks are reluctant to consume garlic due to it’s strong flavor, or because they just don’t want to smell like garlic.
Note: Cooking garlic significantly reduces its anticancer activity. So it is best to consume it raw. If you cook with garlic, let it sit for at least 10 minutes after chopping, before cooking it. This preserves the potency of some of the anti-cancer compounds.
Citrus fruits such as lemons are rich in anti-cancer compounds like limonene, especially in the peels.
Researchers speculated that combining garlic and lemon extracts might increase the anticancer activity of garlic by providing the acidic environment needed to enhance organosulphur compound production and by adding more phytochemicals from lemons with possible anticancer activity.
In this study, mice were injected with breast cancer cells. The injected cancer cells were allowed to grow for 14 days, in order to form tumors. The mice were then separated into four different groups and given either saline (control group), garlic extract, lemon extract, or both extracts, injected into their stomachs once daily.
The reason for stomach injection was to insure that all mice consumed an equal dose.
Surprisingly, after just 14 days of treatment with either lemon extract or garlic extract, the tumors shrunk by an average of 80%, and 60% of the mice were completely cancer free!
Meanwhile, the control group of mice not given either extract had an increase in tumor size of 566%.
But wait, it gets better.
Tumors shrunk by an average of 91% and completely disappeared in 80% of the mice treated with BOTH lemon and garlic extracts!
So, while lemon and garlic extracts are already potent anticancer agents on their own, there appears to be powerful synergysitc anticancer effect when the two are combined. The combination also showed no signs of kidney or liver toxicity.
It’s worth noting that 30% of the mice in the control group had no detectable tumors at the end of the study, indicating that their bodies may have prevented or healed cancer without any help from garlic or lemons.
Even though this is a study on mice, the good news is, you can easily make a lemon garlic extract at home, and add it to your protocol, with little to no risk of harm.
*If you are taking pharmaceutical drugs make sure there aren’t any contraindications with the drugs you are taking. Remember, any time you consume plant extracts medicinally you do so at your own risk.
If you’d like to prepare a lemon garlic extract, here’s how the researchers did it.
Fresh garlic bulbs and lemons were washed and dried. Peeled garlic bulbs and whole unpeeled lemons were then used to prepare extracts in distilled water.
1 lb (500 grams) of each plant material was chopped into small pieces and vigorously mixed in 1 liter of distilled water, using an electric mixer (a blender could work as well). The resulting solution was then strained and filtered. You can do this with a cheese cloth or nut milk straining bag.
This will yield approximately 1 liter of each extract, which is a lot. If you would like to make a smaller batch just maintain the ratio of equal amounts of garlic and lemon and 2:1 of distilled water and plant material.
*Distilled water is commonly used in lab experiments to exclude confounding factors like chlorine, fluoride or other contaminants, which could react with chemicals used in a lab test and alter the results of an experiment. I doubt that the type of water you use will have any effect on the potency or efficacy of the garlic or lemon extracts, filtered water should be fine. Frankly, if all you have is tap water, go for it.
Doses of the extract were given in a 50 mg/kg ratio (50 milligrams of extract per kilogram of subject’s body weight). The most successfully treated mice received 50 mg/kg garlic extract + 50 mg/kg lemon extract, for a total of 100 mg/kg of body weight.
100mg in a syringe is 2 mL of liquid. That equates to just under 1/2 teaspoon (0.4 tsp) per kilogram of body weight. For Americans that’s about 1/2 teaspoon per 2.2 lbs of body weight.
Americans divide your weight in pounds by 2.2. Then multiple that number by 0.4, and that will give you the human equivalent number of teaspoons that the mice were given each day, based on your body weight.
A 150lb person divided by 2.2 equals 68.
68 multiplied by 0.4 equals 27.2.
27 teaspoons per day equals 9 tablespoons per day (4.5 ounces).
For my metric friends…
A 68 kg person would take 2mL of extract per kg of body weight.
That would be 136 ml, which is also 27 teaspoons, or 9 tablespoons per day.
Cowboy Math: 3 tbsp per 50lbs (23kg) of body weight per day.
*Use Google converter if you need help figuring this out.
I don’t know how long this extract stays fresh, so I suggest making small batches that will last you 1-3 days.
One large garlic bulb and one small lemon yielded 8 ounces, which would be almost a two-day supply for me.
Biohacking just got literal…
The first time I made this formula I took two tablespoons at once and got it down no problem. Later that evening, because I’m a wild and crazy guy, I decided to see what would happen if I drank a full days dose all at once, which for me was about 5 ounces… That was a mistake. I immediately felt lightheaded, tingly, nauseous and I began salivating profusely. So I went outside and bent over in the yard, expecting to barf, but then surprisingly, after a few minutes the urge passed. Apparently my body changed its mind… Whew! Lesson learned.
Chris almost barfs so you don’t have to!
If you are inclined to consume lemon garlic extract, I suggest starting slow with 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon three times per day and work your way up to the full dose for your body weight over a few days or a few weeks.
Special Note: Even though the 80% of the mice were tumor free after consuming lemon garlic extract for 14 days, this protocol, if effective in humans, is not likely to produce results that fast. One mouse day is the equivalent of about 40 human days, so 14 mouse days would be 560 human days or about 1.5 years. Healing takes time.
Could taking a larger daily dose speed up the anticancer results? I have no idea. And I have no idea how much the maximum effective daily dose could be, but if I had cancer I would be inclined to gradually increase my daily dose to as much as I could stomach or stand.
This is NOT medical advice. If you consume lemon garlic extract, you do so at your own risk.
Here’s how to make it…
Borrow a Weight Watchers scale from your Mother-in-law.
Put a piece of electrical tape over the Weight Watchers logo so no one knows it’s a Weight Watchers scale.
Weigh a lemon.
Peel and chop enough garlic to equal the same weight as the lemon (close enough).
Let the garlic sit for 10-15 minutes after chopping to activate beneficial anticancer compounds.
Put the garlic and the unpeeled lemon in a blender and add twice as much water as plant material. I had 4 ounces of garlic and lemon combined so I added 8 ounces of water.
Blend the mixture on low until it is liquified.
Pour the liquid into a nut milk bag
Strain the liquid through the nut milk bag.
Squeeze every last drop of liquid out. (Veiny, hairy arm optional)
As you can see, this yielded 8 oz of lemon garlic extract.
The lemon garlic extract is now ready to consume!
Put it in a airtight glass jar and store in the fridge.