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What do cancer cells feed on?

TLDR: Cancer cells like our healthy cells need a source of food to multiply and grow. Compounds such as sugar and glucose have long been known to accelerate the growth of cancer cell production in the body. However, it’s important to remember that our healthy cells also need these substances to grow, so you shouldn’t eliminate them from your body. Instead, focus on balancing your diet so that you can maintain a steady balance of all the essential proteins you need. By switching to a plant-based diet or increasing the amount of vegetables, garlic, nuts, and spices in your diet, you can begin inhibiting the growth of cancer cells completely.

Cancer is a vicious disease that can attack multiple parts of the body, all depending on where the growth was first identified. Cancer spreads throughout the body thanks to its cells, having the ability to reproduce. However, in order for the cells to spread, they must first feed on a source. Many people are unaware of exactly how cancer starts and spreads, which can make managing the disease quite tricky.

If you know someone or are dealing with cancer yourself, it’s essential to become educated about all of the various facts surrounding the disease so that you’re better equipped to handle it. One of the most important things you need to know about cancer is how it spreads throughout the body and what exactly it’s cells feed on to multiply at faster rates.

Below, we’re going to give you a detailed breakdown of how cancer cells spread throughout the body and how you can inhibit their growth to better deal with the disease’s symptoms and side effects.

What is it that cancer cells feed on to spread throughout the body? 

For a long time, it was believed that sugar was one of the main culprits of cancerous cell growth within the body. However, recent studies indicate that the variables which impact cancer cell growth are far more robust. Aside from sugars, cancer cells feed on many different substances within the body. There is now some really strong evidence suggesting that cancer cells also feed off compounds such as lipids and amino acids.

These different sources provide cancer cells with the essential food they need to reproduce and grow at a steady pace. Aside from their use as metabolic fuel for cancer cells, the various substances we mentioned above can also help cancer cells protect themselves from damage caused by chemicals or drugs.

While sugar can help speed up the growth of cancerous cells in the body, it’s more about the volume that you consume rather than sugar itself being a potent catalyst for the growth of cancer cells alone.

Here are some other foods that have been proven to accelerate the growth of cancer cells:

  • Processed meats>
  • Refined carbs and sugars
  • Overly Cooked Foods
  • Dairy

These are some of the most common dietary choices that can lead to the growth of cancer cells within the body. Your overall health and conditioning will play a significant role in how susceptible you are to the development of cancer cells. Obesity can put you at an increased risk for worsening cancer cell growth, so it’s essential to make sure that you take care of your health in all aspects.

Sugars come in many different forms, one of the primary ones being glucose. While it is true that sugar can help accelerate the growth of cancer cells, our healthy cells also need sugar to function correctly. This is why you should never just outright cut down on your sugar intake dramatically. Balance is always principal, so as long as you maintain a consistent diet, you will be able to manage your cancer symptoms.

Techniques you can use to inhibit the growth of cancer cells 

While watching what you eat can help you reduce the acceleration of cancer cell growth & spread, there are some foods you can eat to counteract cancer cell growth altogether. You’d be surprised to know that there are a lot of natural food options out there you can eat, which have been proven to inhibit or kill the growth of cancer cells in the body.

Take a look below to see some of the most potent anti-cancer fighting foods you can begin eating today:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Spices
  • Flaxseeds
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Dairy
  • Fish

Switching to an entirely plant-based diet can also help you fight cancer at the cellular level. A large study was conducted that showed that vegetarians or people on a plant-based diet might have an 8%-15% reduced risk of developing cancer. These findings are still preliminary and have not been verified by any institution that fully validates these studies.

As long as you maintain a relatively healthy and organic diet, you can overcome some of the harsh symptoms and side effects that cancer causes within the body.

People Also Ask 

Q: What do cancer cells need to grow?

A: Cancer cells require the same things as healthy cells to grow and expand. As long as cancer cells are receiving a constant supply of blood to transport nutrients and oxygen, they can grow and spread quickly. Small cancer tumors have a higher probability of increasing at a much faster rate because they source “food” from nearby blood vessels.

Q: What stops cancer cells from growing?

A: Research studies recently conducted have pointed to new evidence suggesting that compounds known as resolvins may have beneficial effects at stopping the growth of cancer cells. This is only when tumors produced by cellular waste are present within the body.

Q: What kills cancer cells naturally?

A: Garlic is one of the only natural foods that has been clinically studied and proven to kill cancer cells.


Throughout this article, we’ve given you all of the vital information and tips you need to know about the growth of cancer cells within the body. Use all of these tips and facts so that you can begin to lead a healthier life while also inhibiting the growth of cancer in your body.

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