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Gerson tropical alternative to Beet Greens/Alugbati (Vinespinach) and Kale/Malunggay (Moringga)

July 5, 2011

One of the reasons why Gerson Therapy(Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
) is so hard to comply with in Asia is because the vegetables that are listed as part of the Gerson menu is not readily available in tropical countries such as the Philippines and Singapore.

When Nanay and I purchased Swiss Chard, Endive and Kale at Nature’s Glory in Outram Park, we started comparing it with local/tropical vegetables..e.g.

Beet Greens compared to Vinespinach (Alugbati in Tagalog)nutritional comparison here

Vinespinach (Alugbati in Tagalog)

Beet Greens (Raw)

Kale compared to Moringga (Malunggay in Tagalog) or Purple Sweet Potato Leavesnutritional comparison here
Kale still has more Vitamin A, C and K than Malunggay but Malunggay has more Folate and Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Malunggay is more readily available in tropical countries.

Kale (Blue Scotch)

Leaves of Horse-radish Tree(Malunggay/Moringa or Drumstick Tree)

Purple Sweet Potato Leaves (Camote Tops)

Other than being widely available in Singapore and the Philippines, alugbati(vinespinach), moringa (malunggay/horseradish leaves) and sweet potato leaves, are quite affordable compared to kale, swiss chard and beet greens. The caveat though is that the tropical vegetables does not have enough Vitamin K, perhaps we can get this from Cod Liver Oil supplementation instead. I hope Charlotte Gerson and Ms. Bishop will update their books so that the Gerson Therapy will be more doable in Asia.

Need proof? Go ahead and buy kale, swiss chard and beet greens at Nature’s Glory and buy vinespinach, moringa and sweet potato leaves in the Singapore/Philippine wet market, and taste them raw. Vinespinach tasts like beet greens. Kale tastes like moringga leaves.

This also proves that Gerson did not make advices based on random thoughts, but he carefully selected certain fruits and vegetables for its nutrition (vitamins and mineral content). He based it on his studies showing that cancer patients have deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals and he addressed this through whole foods (not supplementation). The other supplements he included in the regimen are for those vitamins and minerals that are not available in food/drinks and which the bodies of cancer patients are not ready to produce (due to their deficiencies). Its just sad that his daughter (Charlotte Gerson) did not make additional studies based on geography and availability for fruits and vegetables depending on seasons and climate.

Refer to another topic on Gerson Greens here

Then God said, “Let the land burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant. And let there be trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. The seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And so it was. The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good.

-Genesis 1:11-12 from the New Living Translation of the Bible

Most of all, I believe God has intended certain plants, herbs and trees to grow in certain lands for the consumption of the locals. I do not think he intended Asians to consume ONLY those vegetables in foreign land. This is the marvelous design of creation. The Pacific Yew Tree produced natural fungicide to protect itself from fungi that is present in its locality. Therefore, I believe anyone who lives in the same locality will benefit from derivatives of the Pacific Yew Tree. This probably goes without saying that Asians will probably be better off eating local vegetables and fruits, not only for practical reasons and for its availability but also because this is what was designed for us– our bodies needed the nutrients from these plants, herbs and trees. Our nutritional deficiencies may not be the same as those in Western countries, then why follow Western diets? Can’t help but appreciate the hand of God in how the environment was prepared by God for its human inhabitants. If only we are more wise in taking care of what was given to us…

15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2011 7:41 pm

    You are right! Local food is best! Thank you for writing so well.
    God Bless,

  2. August 3, 2011 3:16 pm

    Very Inspiring, may God bless us all. My mamang have stage IV Breast cancer, and I am the one who administered the Gerson theraphy. So sad that it’s hard to find organic veges and fruits in balintawak market. Instead I washed it very carefully.

  3. August 3, 2011 6:59 pm

    hi Homer,

    Be strong, and also find ways to take care of yourself. I believe Malunggay and purple sweet potato leaves (Camote tops) are about the same in terms of nutrition (kale, chard, endive)– always buy local, just like what Liz said.
    We dont follow Gerson 100% because of the same reason, but since your Mamang is at Stage 4, I guess you have to really try to follow to a T.

    Every Sunday morning there is an organice market at the corner of Quezon Ave and EDSA< ano nga ba yung LRT line doon? sa likod nun nandun ang Sunday Market nagtitinda sila organic….

    We can only try our best Homer, in the end its still Gods Grace that can truly help us you see an alternative practitioner?

  4. August 8, 2011 12:21 pm

    Thanks for your reply, I am the one who do all the preparation and I enjoy it, some hurdles really give me a stress, but I have to pursue and educate the people in the house to watch and monitor my mamang’s daily routine printed on the wall. Good to hear that there’s an organic market near edsa, basta asap pupuntahan ko yun, God willing. Thanks so much.

    • Ma. Victoria A. Tan permalink
      May 18, 2013 9:08 pm

      Its Sunday market at Eton Centris… not all are organic though so you have to find the organic stores…

  5. April 12, 2012 10:25 pm

    we are now selling moringga cuttings (but only in Singapore)..ready for transplanting

  6. September 26, 2012 8:15 pm

    A good source of essential nutrients. Excellent source of calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and iron.
    * Contain saponins that act as phytochemicals. Fights cancer and other diseases.
    * Roots are employed as rubefacient – a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin.
    * Roots are also used as poultice to reduce local swellings.
    * The sap can be applied to acne areas to eliminate irritation.
    * The sap has a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin.
    * A diuretic.
    * A mild laxative.
    * Pulped leaves are applied to boils, ulcers and abscesses.
    * Leaf juice with sugar is effective for inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus. Also used to treat gonorrhea and balanitis.
    * Leaf juice with butter has a soothing effect on burns and scalds.
    * Stem and leaf extract can cure habitual headache.
    * Fruits maybe used as cheeks and lips make-up and dye.
    * Good source of fibers.

  7. June 30, 2013 1:04 pm

    Moringa powder for sale (finally we have a good source of the powder)– its quite hard to make powder ourselves.. farm owners have big machines for drying and processing the leaves to a powder..

  8. August 13, 2013 12:12 pm

    I love your site. I am doing the Gerson Therapy from home. I went to the institute last month and although it’s a lot of work, it’s very well worth it. My family thought I was insane for not opting to do chemo/radiation. Now they are asking me. My cancer went in remission in 2010. I only did the Gerson diet. I went down to Mexico to do it full course. I am happy I did. Good Luck to you

    • August 13, 2013 12:13 pm

      You are blessed to find gerson therapy and staying on course keep it up

    • Ela permalink
      August 21, 2013 6:17 pm

      That’s really inspiring. I was wondering if you could offer some tips/crucial guidelines re: gerson therapy since you have experienced it yourself. My fiance has non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. He consumes only fruits and veggies and juices that are mainly found in “Healing the Gerson Way.” Although I must admit we are not buying the organic ones because they are hard to find in Manila. We have visited an organic shop in Greenhills, but it does not have everything, not to mention, a little far from Marikina. We have not tried the shops in Centris, QC though.

      Thanks in advance.

      • Ela permalink
        August 21, 2013 6:26 pm

        Hello, I forgot to ask. How about endive and escarole? Any suggestions on where to find them in Manila? or probably substitutes? Thanks!

  9. August 22, 2013 1:25 am

    I’m just finding out about the Gerson Therapy and it is such a relief to know that there are alternatives that can be sourced here in the Phils.

  10. February 1, 2014 11:36 am

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  11. September 12, 2015 12:01 pm

    Yum yum! This post made me hungry! I love eating all those vegetables you wrote about.

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