The cancer fighting benefits of whey protein

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Whey Protein(NaturalHealth365) There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that whey protein can support the immune system, while killing cancer cells. Whey has multi-factorial benefits for cancer patients according to validated studies. It has a broad spectrum of compounds, which protect healthy cells and suppresses cancer cells.

Why should cancer patients consider whey protein?

Simply put, whey’s lactoferrin is a cancer killer. Lactoferrin activates the innate immune system cells like the neutrophils, macrophages and T-cells. These are the first line of defense against harmful pathogens – including cancer cells.

You see, cancer cells have a highly negative membrane charge which attracts lactoferrin, while healthy normal cells have a neutral charge. Lactoferrin is attracted to the cancer cells, attaches to them and triggers a process that kills the cancer cell; as well as blocking angiogenesis – the growth of blood vessels that feed cancer cells.

Just be careful about the quality of your whey protein. For example, I know that Goat Whey Protein Plus comes from grass fed goats and these animals are never fed GMO foods.

Another key to lactoferrin’s cancer-fighting properties is its amazing ability to bind with iron. It forms a bond with iron that’s 100 times stronger than transferrin – your body’s major iron transport protein.

Keep in mind, as you may know, several studies suggest that excessive amounts of iron, in your diet, increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Researchers have shown that many chronic diseases – in particular, cancer – need iron to reproduce and grow.

How does whey protein boost my antioxidant levels?

Lactoferrin triggers the production of glutathione, better known as the ‘master’ antioxidant and a powerful substance in the prevention of cancer. Research reveals that this increase in glutathione was responsible for preventing the development of prostate cancer. In addition, a clinical study with cancer patients showed a regression of patient’s tumors when given whey protein at concentration levels of 30 grams per day.

Glutathione is classified as a phase II enzyme. These enzymes are compounds, which carry out many life enhancing functions on a cellular level.

Paul Talalay, M.D. of John Hopkins says over 20 years of research confirms that raising the levels of phase II enzymes proves to be a highly effective way to protect against carcinogenesis – the development of new cancer. He says whey supplementation should be considered a cost effective way to both prevent and dismantle cancer.

Researchers, at Lund University in Sweden, reported that alpha-lactalbumin proteins found is whey solid have the ability to kill all the known types of breast cancer cells – even at low doses. In fact, their peer-reviewed paper – published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry suggested that when consumed by the body, alpha-lactalbumin is configured into a protein that selectively induces apoptosis (programmed cancer cell suicide) in cancerous tumors.

Even the Unites States National Center for Biotechnology Information – a part of the National Institutes of Health says, ‘whey protein in diets appears to significantly inhibit the incidence and growth of chemically induced tumors in mice.’

Can whey protein slow down tumor growth?

Researchers have shown that the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine and other compounds, found in whey protein, create a calorie restrictive response. Why is this so valuable for cancer patients? Because an extensive amount of research suggests that restricting calories will improve cancer patient outcomes. More than 100 years ago, lab research first indicated that mice fed a calorie-restricted diet had “significantly slower” tumor growth than those fed their regular diet.

Obviously, this research is not suggesting that cancer patients starve themselves – but it’s worth noting that ‘more food’ doesn’t always equal greater nutrient absorption or better results for cancer patients. And, of course, most cancer patients would benefit greatly from eating primarily nutrient-dense superfoods – that tend to be lower in calories and support optimal health.

What can cancer patients do about cachexia?

Loss of muscle and fat tissue – due to chronic conditions like cancer, AIDS and mercury poisoning – is called cachexia. For cancer patients, this is often why they succumb to the disease. Fortunately, by drinking a whey protein smoothie – every day, cancer patients have an easy way to enhance lean muscle mass and boost their energy.

Buyer beware. All whey protein products are not created equal. When choosing a whey protein powder – look for a high-quality whey product that comes from grass fed animals. Simply put, the animals ought to eat only pesticide-free grass and/or non-GMO food. Naturally, consumers must also be sure that the whey is not denatured in the production process.

After much research, and I encourage you to do the same, I have found that whey protein, from goat milk, is the healthiest form of whey. Most animal foods cause acidity – but goat milk is actually alkalizing, easier to digest, less allergenic, and naturally homogenized – making it ideal for health conscious consumers.

If you’re looking for a high-quality, whey protein – check out Grazing Goat Whey Protein.  In my opinion, this is the cleanest, healthiest whey protein on the market.  It’s non-GMO, gluten-free, hypoallergenic and easily digestible.  

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About the author: Dr. Matthew Roe is a practicing upper cervical chiropractor and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. He has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating Cum Laude from Life University College of Chiropractic. Having studied with the best Upper Cervical specific doctors in the world he understands true healing. His practice focus is to help people fine true health naturally.

For more information about Dr. Roe – visit: WinterGardenChiropractors.com

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10667471
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11352868
http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/wheypro.htm
http://www.cancerandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/10
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1808645
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1479806
http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10715761003667554
http://glutasource.info/oxidative-stress-stop-the-damage-with-glutathione

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  • Robert Pollard

    Good info. Sort of knew this but good details. What’s new is Goat protein’s benefits.
    I would like to see Goat protein compared to this protein:
    enjoy.emeraldessentials. com/app/bucket/uploads/action-whey-biocysteine3-product-brochure.pdf

    Sounds like it’s similar but I would also like to get a heavy metals assessment on the Action Whey product.
    I’ve also been reading where New Zealand whey is suppose to be comparable. But no heavy metals assessment has been run on those products as well.