Sea cucumber meat and skins have long been considered a delicacy in Asian cuisines; they also are hailed for having healing properties that soothe sore joints and arthritis. Most recently the soft, tubular bottom dwellers are being added to the list of foods acclaimed to kill cancer cells. Dried sea cucumber or extract is anti-viral; anti-bacterial, and an anti-inflammatory, said Ty Bollinger, author of Cancer: Step Outside the Box.
Sea cucumber has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, but they are relatively obscure in the U.S. This may be soon changing, however, as evidence mounts that sea cucumber extracts can kill cancer cells while stimulating the immune system. As reported by Ethan Evers, author of "The Eden Prescription," previous research on sea cucumber has demonstrated its ability to kill lung, breast, prostate, skin, colon, pancreatic, and liver cancer cells. These extracts have also proven effective in killing leukemia and gioblastoma cells. Looks like we can add yet another food to the list of anti-cancer foods.
In 2011, researchers at the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center (in Chicago) studied the effects of sea cucumber extract on human pancreatic cancer cells and quickly discovered that this amazing extract is able to stop cancer cells from spreading and even activates apoptosis (programmed cell death). Amazingly, pancreatic cancer cells began dying within five minutes of exposure to the extract! Since then, in vitro (test tube) studies have shown that the fatty acids and saponins found in the sea cucumber prohibit cancer from metastasizing and creating new blood vessels, while inducing apoptosis. Additionally the sea cucumber has the ability to activate the immune system’s killer cells to attack breast cancer cells.