A Natural Cancer Drug From Soggy Soybeans?


It was way back in 1963 that scientists discovered the Bowman-Birk Protease Inhibitor (BBI), a tiny protein in soybeans that exhibits strong cancer chemoprotective and anticancer treatment properties. Unfortunately, little has been done to develop BBI as a potential anti-cancer drug since its so difficult to extract from the bean’s hull.

As a byproduct of the soybean industry, the hulls themselves aren’t expensive, but up until recently, a very complex extraction sequence was needed to separate the trace amounts of BBI from each one.

BBI is traditionally purified by ammonium sulfate precipitation, organic solvent extraction, centrifugation, gel filtration, column chromatography, or high performance liquid chromatography, reports Gizmag. Each of these procedures is time-consuming, involves a variety of hazardous materials, and results in limited amounts of purified material. The result is, as mentioned earlier, an extremely expensive substance.

But recent research out of the University of Missouri may have identified an extraction method that’s both amazingly simple and inexpensive: soaking the beans in water. Soaking soybeans is a common practice for those who make their own tofu or soy milk, and now scientists say that about four hours in a warm bath will cause the beans to naturally release large amounts of BBI that can easily be harvested from the water.

Of course, it will be quite some time before we can know for sure that the BBI extracted through the soaking method is potent enough for drug development. But in preliminary tests, the extract proved capable of stopping the dividing of in-vitro breast cancer cell division.


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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell2 years ago


Richard B.
Richard B5 years ago

Check out aromatherapy.

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

It wouldn't surprise me, soybeans ARE kind of a super food.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma5 years ago

sounds intersting!!

Bill C.
Bill C5 years ago

Burzynski has several non-proven research centers in America that IMO are no more than last hope money scams and many are documented thru lawsuits from patients in several countries.

The FDA nor anyone did anything but tell Burzinski, as they tell all, you can not make clinical claims you can't prove.

Not 1 scientist in the can reproduce the doctors claims and it has been tried in many countries.

The way he dispenses is thru clinical experimental trials of an unproven method. He has never "cured" a cancer documented and inependcently reproduced past lore.

I agree plants are the source for many/most medical drug advancements and feel sure that specific plants will be found that target specific cancers. Of course a lifetime of eating well and exercise is critial in dealing with any system that works with another.

Just avoid the quacks and promises that sound too good to be true.

Antineoplaston is a word invented by Burzinski, the UK considers him a quack, American Cancer Society say not 1 trial has ever been reproduced to produce the doc's "results".

There is no silver lining, Burzinski milks the desperation of the very ill and with charges like 200,000 English pounds to treat a 9 yr olds glioma; it does nothing for the child but pads the pocket of the doc.

Corruption is a 2-way street

Claire M.
Claire M5 years ago

I can see it now. Big pharma makes copyright on method thousands of years old in Asia. Then Monsanto claims copyright on the living plant it self.

Nutrition is actually the answer to most of our health woes.

Robert P.
Robert P5 years ago

The cures for most everything has been buried by mainstream media and the medical system. It would kill their profits. Doctor Max Gerson was curing tubersulosis, diabetes and cancer in the 1940's. He was basically assasinated. His book is at many book stores and a great documentary with testimonials from cured people airs on our local channel. Also a doctor Brsynski in Texas has been curing cancers for 30 years. Youi will not hear about these cures in mainstream because it is owned by the advertisers like the drug companies and it would cut into their profit. Thanks in part to the internet we can find the truth if we dig deep enough. It is sad to know people are losing their lives needlessly because of greed from very slimy people that place money above human lives.

Mary Mattarelli
Mary Mattarelli5 years ago


Catherine D.
Catherine D5 years ago

I believe it was Hippocrates that said:
"Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food".

Catherine D.
Catherine D5 years ago

Water is also known as The Universal Solvent.

I wonder why it took them 49 years to become aware of that fact!

Buncha tolly-heads.