Decades of research show this simple, safe, natural compound can slam the brakes on a deadly cancer diagnosis
By now, you’ve probably noticed that the best natural remedies aren’t always “trendy.” In fact, I regularly take the time to remind you that there’s plenty of powerful healing potential in the old standbys.
This is especially true in the fight against cancer.
The fact is, mainstream medicine is completely lacking any truly effective options for cancer. And more and more people are looking for alternatives to the “cut, poison, burn” tactics they’re forced into at the hands of traditional oncologists.
That’s why I decided it was high time to talk about an important nutrient that I’ve been using to treat my own cancer patients for decades. It’s one you probably haven’t heard much about…but if you or someone you love is facing a cancer diagnosis, it could very well help save your life.
I’m talking about inositol.
This nutrient is actually a precursor to a compound called inositol hexaphosphate (IP-6). Almost all animal cells carry this compound, and it plays a role in regulating cellular function, among other duties.
You can get IP-6 from a lot of food sources—nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, and fiber-rich vegetables. But there are a lot of factors that can impact your IP-6 levels: like age, antibiotic use, and even the amount of coffee you drink.
So even though you can get it from food, chances are high you’re not getting enough. The good news is that IP-6 is also extremely well-absorbed as a supplement. And after reviewing all of the literature surrounding IP-6, I’m more convinced than ever that it’s something we should all be taking. It may even make my desert island list—that’s how impressive this simple nutrient is.
Because research shows IP-6 is able to block the growth and spread of multiple types of cancer.
There is so much science behind IP-6, I’m certain it’ll become a drug one day. There’s no way Big Pharma will rest until it can cash in on what the studies are showing.
Of course, much of that science is too complicated to break down in minute detail here. So I’ll say this: IP-6 is a real jack-of-all-trades in the body.
It’s able to strengthen the immune system by enhancing natural killer cell production—all while lowering cholesterol and preventing kidney stone and blood clot formation.
But its real claim to fame is the promise it shows in preventing cancer and controlling the growth and spread of tumors.2
Research shows that IP-6 can reduce cell proliferation—the rapid growth that makes cancer cells so hard to kill. It also has some of the strongest antioxidant properties in nature, which of course aids in tumor cell destruction.
So while it’s incredibly exciting, it’s not particularly surprising that preliminary human studies support IP-6 (in combination with inositol) as a complement to conventional cancer treatment.
Emerging research shows this simple, natural approach boosts the effectiveness of chemo, helps to keep metastasis at bay, and increases quality of life.
Multi-pronged cancer prevention
Laboratory studies show that IP-6 triggers programmed cell death in a number of cancer cell lines—including prostate, breast, cervical, pancreas, melanoma, and colon cancer. Not only that, but research also shows it can enhance the effects of drugs like doxorubicin and tamoxifen to halt breast cancer growth—even in cancer cell lines that are treatment-resistant.
But cancer’s ability to spread also relies on the tumor cells’ invasiveness—and this is a factor that inositol, rather than IP-6, is able to disarm. (That’s one of the reasons why taking it in combination with IP-6 is ideal.)
IP-6 also works as an anti-inflammatory, with a similar action to what you’d see with a COX-2 inhibitor, like Celebrex®.
(Which, by the way, many people take for cancer prevention—especially colon cancer. And it makes sense, in theory. As I’ve said many times before, inflammation is the root cause of all disease, cancer included. But using natural approaches to douse inflammation is always a better, safer approach than relying on a pharmaceutical drug.)
But here’s why I really love this supplement: Inositol also plays a role in insulin and glucose metabolism—so when you don’t get enough inositol, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are natural consequences.
IP-6, specifically, can boost insulin receptivity and blood sugar control. And this isn’t just a benefit for would-be diabetics.
As I’ve mentioned dozens of times, there are at least thirteen cancers with clear ties to diabesity and poor blood sugar control. So any supplement that’s able to help regulate this pathway is a double-threat against the disease.
Safe enough for babies
Even though it’s been around forever, I really believe inositol is the supplement of the future. And I say that because, among IP-6’s many exciting qualities, we also know that it works on an epigenetic level to fight disease.
When your body lacks inositol, it activates hundreds of different genes involved in stress and glucose metabolism. This damage triggers a domino effect of repair mechanisms—which is when things start going south quickly.
It’s hard to imagine that such a simple supplement could be sufficient enough to avert disaster and prevent disease. But facts don’t lie.
Studies show that IP-6’s chemo-preventive qualities could earn it a place in most cancer drug categories, making it suitable for almost all phases of prevention. There’s just one critical difference: Unlike other conventional cancer treatments, inositol supplements pose a very low toxicity risk.
Ultimately, inositol and IP-6 are both very safe and well-tolerated, even when you’re taking a lot. This regimen may cause diarrhea at high doses (in fact, doctors often use it as a laxative in babies). But, similar to vitamin C, you can build up a tolerance for larger intakes over time.
I prescribe as much as 6 to 9 grams of IP-6 per day to my cancer patients. But if you’re just looking to prevent the disease (and really—who isn’t?), 3 grams per day is sufficient. You can find IP-6 supplements online or at your local Vitamin Shoppe.
- “Broad Spectrum Anticancer Activity of Myo-Inositol and Inositol Hexakisphosphate.” Int J Endocrinol. 2016;2016:5616807. Epub 2016 Oct 4.
- “Protection against cancer by dietary IP6 and inositol.” Nutr Cancer. 2006;55(2):109-25.