The skin cancer crisis is very real: 5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer annually in the United States (1), with the most common types of skin cancer being basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (2). 90% of nonmelanoma cancers, which include the most common skin cancers, are caused by UV radiation from the sun (3). The sun’s rays may be strong and bright, but, fortunately, hope for skin cancer treatment is shining even brighter with something unexpected: the eggplant.
Eggplants are most known for their vibrant purple color, but the plant is much more than its outside appearance. Being a nutrient-dense food, containing fiber, protein, potassium, vitamins C and K, and manganese (4), eggplants also sport antioxidants, which protect the body from harmful molecules and decrease the chances of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease.
Eggplants are also home to SRGs, or solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (4). SRGs are compounds with anticancer effects that give eggplants their unique role in cancer treatment technology.
BEC is one example of treatment for skin cancer: it is a mixture of SRGs, including solamargine, solasoline, and the corresponding diglycosides and monoglycosides (5). BEC rids the body of cancer cells by inducing cancer cell apoptosis, or cell suicide (2). When interacting with cancer cells, BEC can also induce oncosis, or cell death, caused by the swelling, bubbling, and clumping of cell organelles. Normal cells are not targeted by BEC and can then replace the cancer cells to promote normal growth.
In animals, an injection of BEC successfully treated melanomas. A horse with a melanoma on its chest received intralesional injections of BEC, and after two of those, the melanoma had disappeared (5).
In humans, BEC has been most effective in treating nonmelanoma cancers, like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Bill Cham, the author of the eggplant cure for cancer, found that by including BEC in a cream formulation known as Curaderm BEC5, he was able to treat patients with lesions caused by basal cell carcinoma. One patient with a lesion measuring 3 by 4 centimeters saw complete removal of the lesion within 16 weeks of applying Curaderm BEC5 (5). Other patients had similar experiences, with some lesions completely gone after 14 weeks.
Dr. Bill Cham makes it known that with eggplants, the possibilities are endless. The success of Curaderm BEC5 has given the eggplant the new title as the “Cure For Cancer” considering that all of his patients did not have recurrences with cancer (6). However, more research is needed to be done before SRGs are applied to other forms of cancer.
Don’t be deceived by this purple fruit; while eggplants perfectly garnish pasta or stir-fry, they are hiding various nutrients and perhaps the cure for cancer.
References and Footnotes:
(1) Cancer Facts and Figures 2018. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2018/cancer-facts-and-figures-2018.pdf
(2) Cham, B. E. (2011). Topical Solasodine Rhamnosyl Glycosides Derived From the Eggplant Treats Large Skin Cancers: Two Case Reports. International Journal of Clinical Medicine,02(04), 473-477. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ijcm.2011.24080
(3) Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics. (2018, May 3). Retrieved from https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
(4) Link, R. (2017, June 30). 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Eggplants. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eggplant-benefits#section1
(5) Cham, B. E. (2012). Intralesion and Curaderm BEC5 Topical Combination Therapies of Solasodine Rhamnosyl Glycosides Derived from the Eggplant or Devil’s Apple Result in Rapid Removal of Large Skin Cancers. Methods of Treatment Compared. International Journal of Clinical Medicine,03(02), 115-124. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ijcm.2012.32024
(6) The Eggplant Cure for Cancer. (2008, September). Retrieved from https://the-moneychanger.com/articles/the_eggplant_cure_for_cancer