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Cellfood

Common Names

  • Deutrosulfazyme

For Patients & Caregivers

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Cellfood has not been shown to treat or cure cancer.

Cellfood is a line of dietary supplements sold over the internet and in health food stores. Promoters claim that it contains minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and dissolved oxygen, which hyperoxygenates the body. Lab studies show that Cellfood has antioxidant effects, and causes some cancer cells to die. But this has not been shown in humans.

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There is no scientific evidence to support use of Cellfood for the following purported uses:

  • To prevent and treat cancer
  • To enhance athletic performance
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You are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy (antioxidants may reduce their effectiveness).

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For Healthcare Professionals

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Cellfood (Manufactured by Nu Science / Deutrel Industries)
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Cellfood is a line of dietary supplements and topical preparation manufactured by NuScience Corporation. The original formula is said to contain colloidal minerals, amino acids, enzymes and dissolved oxygen (1). It is marketed as a free radical scavenger to help detoxify the body and to enhance athletic performance. Cellfood is also promoted to cancer patients based on the theory that cancer and degenerative diseases are caused by oxygen deficiency at the cellular level.

In vitro studies show that Cellfood has antioxidant (2) (3) and antiproliferative effects (4) (5).
Observations from small studies indicate that it may alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia (6); an improvement in oxidative status and homocysteine metabolism was reported with a combination of cellfood and chelation treatment in patients with neurodegenerative diseases (7).

Cellfood has not been studied in cancer patients.

Purported Uses Minus iconIcon indicating subtraction, or that the element can be closed. Plus IconIcon indicating addition, or that the element can be opened. Arrow (down) icon.An arrow icon, usually indicating that the containing element can be opened and closed.
  • Detoxification
  • Athletic performance enhancement
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer treatment
  • Fibromyalgia
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Cellfood demonstrated antioxidant effects in vitro (2) (3) and proapoptotic effects in human mesothelioma and colon cancer cells, which correlated with increased expression of tumor suppressor genes p53, p21, and p27; downregulation of the oncogenes c-myc and Bcl-2; and inhibition of activation of antiapoptotic protein kinase, Akt (4). Cellfood also showed antiproliferative effects in leukemia cells by inducing apoptosis and by altering the metabolism of cancerous cells through regulating the hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α) and glucose transporter 1 (GLUT-1) (5).

Herb-Drug Interactions Minus iconIcon indicating subtraction, or that the element can be closed. Plus IconIcon indicating addition, or that the element can be opened. Arrow (down) icon.An arrow icon, usually indicating that the containing element can be opened and closed.

Theoretically, antioxidants can decrease the efficacy of certain chemotherapy drugs that rely on the generation of free radicals for their cytotoxic effects. Supplements with antioxidant properties are not recommended during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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  1. Nuscience Corporation.www.cellfood.com. Accessed November 11, 2015.

  2. Ferrero E, Fulgenzi A, Belloni D, Foglieni C, Ferrero ME. Cellfood™ improves respiratory metabolism of endothelial cells and inhibits hypoxia-induced reactive oxygen species (ros) generation. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2011 Jun;62(3):287-93.

  3. Benedetti S, Catalani S, Palma F, Canestrari F. The antioxidant protection of CELLFOOD against oxidative damage in vitro. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Sep;49(9):2292-8.

  4. Catalani S, Carbonaro V, Palma F, et al. Metabolism modifications and apoptosis induction after Cellfood™ administration to leukemia cell lines.J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Sep 9;32:63.

  5. Nieddu ME, Menza L, Baldi F, Frediani B, Marcolongo R. [Efficacy of Cellfood’s therapy (deutrosulfazyme) in fibromyalgia]. [Article in Italian] Reumatismo. 2007 Oct-Dec;59(4):316-21.

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