Have we known that carbohydrate restriction fights cancer for nearly 100 years? One of the defining characteristics of cancer cells is the inefficient metabolism of glucose to lactate even in the presence of oxygen. This aerobic glycloysis (the breakdown of glucose by enzymes without oxygen) is known as the Warburg effect and has been known since the 1920s. Yet, little has been done to utilize this fact in helping to prevent or treat cancer.
The National Cancer Institute predicts that “in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.”
In spite of all the cancer research, the number of people getting cancer in on the increase.
Shouldn’t we limit the primary nutrient of cancer cells as a means of fighting cancer?
Sugar is a Key Nutrient for Cancer Cells
Your body typically processes glucose (a sugar from carbohydrates) in two ways. Each way produces ATP molecules (adenosine 5′-triphosphate, the energy source for all cells of the body). Continue reading