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Inositol for Cancer?

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What is inositol hexaphosphate (IP6)? Can it really prevent or treat cancer?

Answer:
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), more commonly known as phytic acid or phytate (the salt form), is a naturally-occurring compound. It is a source of phosphate in many plants and is abundant in foods such as cereals, grains and legumes.

IP6 is not digestible by people; in fact, it can chelate minerals in the gut, inhibiting their absorption. Only ruminant animals, such as cattle and sheep, that produce the enzyme phytase, are able to digest IP6. 

IP6 alone does not appear to have been used in any clinical studies. However, it has been used in combination with inositol (also known as myo-inositol) in preliminary studies and there is one report of this combination used by a man with stage IV metastatic melanoma who, as reported by his doctors at the Mayo Clinic, entered remission. Do not confuse inositol hexaphosphate with inositol hexanicotinate — a form of niacin found in some supplements. 

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COMMENTS

harold jitschak17478   January 20, 2019
Thank you.
Since some 30 years or longer I have been prescribing IP6 [mostly from Enzymatic therapy]whenever possible -as supportive therapy- for ANY cancer [solid or not]
I started doing this after I treated 2 older patients for pancreatic cancer who did not wanted any other intervention and who lived for MANY years thereafter[sorry , I don't recall precisely and don't want to fancy about the amount of years they still Iived[ I was so impressed that IP6 became a routine supplement for me for whoever had no problem with spacing the supplement far from meals and other medicines.
I DON'T KEEP ANY STATISTICAL RECORDS but have seen probably
-at least one cancer patient average per week over at least the last 35 years [from 1980 until now]
My overall impression is that this supplement should have been tested since long or for the sake of all difficult cases been described-scientifically proven or not- .....maybe those reading this may want to try this supplement to save their life if possible.....and if I am wrong one has spent money for nothing.
There is not conflict of any interest from my side.

Mac17656   March 19, 2019
You noted "Enzymatic therapy" in your posting. What is that? Where can I get info? Thank you, again.

Linda17775   April 22, 2019
That's the name of the company that makes the supplement recommended by Harold.


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