Beetroot Powder For Cancer...
And General Health
(Part 2)

Dateline: 5 January 2017

In Part 1 of this Beetroot Powder series I told you about my friend Jack who has been diagnosed with spots of cancer on his lungs. I explained that his wife, Kathy, has been treating the cancer with beetroot powder. And the therapy appears to be working. Now I will tell you how Kathy got the idea to use beetroot powder.

Kathy read about beetroot therapy for lung cancer in Heinerman's New Encyclopedia of Fruits & Vegetables. After she told me about the book, I went to Amazon and bought a good used copy for one cent (+3.99 for shipping). Here is part of what it says on page 39...

"One of the most remarkable and tremendously successful programs for treating many different kinds of cancer tumors was commenced in the late 1950s by Alexander Ferenczi, M.D., at the Department for Internal Diseases at the district hospital at Csoma, Hungary, using nothing but raw, red beets. Portions of his intriguing medical success were recently translated from Hungarian and reprinted in the Australian International Clinical Nutrition Review for July 1986.

Dr. Ferenczi's clinical report included methods of administering the beets and several very important case studies."

This, from Dr. Ferenczi...

In D.S., a man of 50 years of age, a lung tumor was diagnosed by me, and subsequently confirmed in a Budapest hospital and also in a country hospital, which corresponded clinically to lung cancer ... I started the treatment with beetroot in the described manner. After 6 weeks of treatment the tumor had disappeared..."

A further excerpt from Dr. Ferenczi...

"Experience gained up to now points to the fact that beetroot contains a tumor inhibiting (anti-cancerous) active ingredient. However for the present no clue has been found as to the nature of this active substance. ... Treatment with beetroot presents several advantages over the rest of the medication used in the treatment of cancer. Firstly, because it is nontoxic and one can administer red beetroot in unlimited quantities. Also, there are unlimited supplies of beetroot at our disposal."

The Heinerman's Encyclopedia author goes on to explain...

"Now beet root is available to consumers several different ways. One Lawrence, Kansas firm, Pines int'l, makes a very nice organic red beet root concentrate. This beet powder is available at  most local health food stores.

One, however, has to be careful with the amount of beets consumed at any given time—certainly not because they're harmful, but rather due to their incredibly strong ability to quickly break up cancer in the body. A woman in her thirties who was treated with beet root for breast cancer contracted a fever of 104° F due to the rapid breakdown of the tumors. In instances such as this, beets clean up the cancer faster than the liver is capable of processing all of the wastes dumped into it at any one time. Consequently, the internal administration of beet root needs to be staggered somewhat, and closer attention given to detoxifying the liver and colon at the same time the beet therapy is commenced."

Do a Google search of "beetroot for cancer" and you'll get links to all kids of information on the subject, including Unbeetable: The humble root which fights cancer, boosts endurance and lowers blood pressure.

Do a Google search of "Dr. Alexander Ferenczi beet" and you will find much more specific information on cancer beet therapy, like this: A Special Report on the Concentrated Beet in Powdered Form.

It turns out that there are two kinds of beetroot powder. One is powder made from dehydrated beets. The other is beetroot juice powder, which is powder made from beet juice. Beetroot juice powder is more concentrated and more expensive than beetroot powder made from dehydrated beets. 

Evidently, beetroot juice powder is preferred for cancer therapy, and Kathy is giving Jack the concentrated beetroot juice powder.

But, for general health, I think it is safe to say that beetroot powder is, like beets themselves, downright good for a body. A regular dose of beetroot powder in the diet seems like a prudent idea—especially through the winter months when your garden beets are not available.

It turns out that beetroot powder is widely available in many supermarkets, and certainly on the internet. But can a person just make their own beetroot powder, using beets they've grown in their garden?  Doing so would assure that you are getting the most wholesome beet powder you can possibly get.

The answer is, yes, of course you can. And it's actually surprisingly easy to do. In Part 3 of this series I'll show you how I made my own beet powder a couple days ago, using some of my own homegrown beets.


Click Here to go to Part-3 of this series.


  1. Elizabeth L. Johnson said,
    If you have a freeze dryer, after a few hours of use, you got beets you crumble into dust using your hand! This beet effectiveness reminds me of D. C. Jarvis' book about the attributes of vinegar! No, his studies didn't claim that it cures cancer. Thanks for this amazing report, Herrick.

    1. Oh, that sounds like fun! Do you have a freeze dryer?

      My mother was a big fan of the Dr. Jarvis book. I remember it always being in the bookcase. Don't know what became of it.

    2. Elizabeth L. Johnson said,
      No, I don't have a freeze-dryer as yet. Been reading about Harvest Right brand, and 'follow' Betty Stills face book group to see how to take care of the machine and how to do different foods. Very interesting...costs a lot!! $4,000.

  2. Thank you for posting this wonderful information. So far I've grown beets mainly for the tops and would make beet kvaas out of the roots because we don't care for the taste. Maybe like you I'll acquire a taste for them. I'm looking forward to learning how to make the powder. I lost a good friend to lung cancer. Maybe one day I'll be able to pass this information on to someone and save their life.

  3. P.S. Jarvis's book about apple cider vinegar was the first "health book" that I bought. That was 40 years ago. It's still being sold today.

  4. I got my dad started on beet juice a few years ago for high blood pressure and he was able to eventually get off the prescription drugs. The reason this works is that beets are high in nitrates, which relax the blood vessels, allowing them to dilate and thus more blood flow occurs.

    I was not aware of the cancer treating benefits. That is a great bonus. Thank you! I am going to look into buying or making some powder to take myself as a preventative.

  5. Looking forward to the third installment of this series. Our family likes beets but they take at least an hour of bake time so one has to plan ahead a bit. Turning them into powder in the early Winter would be a nice house warming project on a cold day. I believe the Mrs Wages Tomato sauce packets have a fair amount of beet powder for a coloring agent.