#3. Gardenia Fruit (Zhi Zi)
The Nutritional Oncology Research Institute (NORI) has developed a unique approach to treating cancer that involves consuming a methionine-restricted, selenium-rich diet that essentially starves cancer cells of the nutrients they need to live. This was done while also bombarding the cancer cells with so much oxidative stress that they commit suicide through apoptosis.
The NORI Protocol involves eating lots of fruit while avoiding most other foods, as well as consuming non-toxic, chemotherapeutic substances at various intervals. And one of the fruits the protocol focuses on most is gardenia fruit, or zhi zi. This fruit contains abundant amounts of a compound known as genipin that’s been scientifically shown to trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells by generating excess reactive oxygen species, or ROS.
Consumption of gardenia fruit directly inhibits a mitochondrial protein known as UCP2. This protein acts as a protector of cancer cells, shielding them from oxidative stress by inhibiting mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Put simply, gardenia fruit is potently anti-tumoral while exhibiting selective toxicity only against malignant cells.