Sun Farms Vegetable Soup

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Sun Farms Vegetable Soup

Common Names

  • Sun Soup
  • Selected vegetables
  • SV

For Patients & Caregivers

How It Works

Sun Farms Vegetable Soup has not been shown effective in treating or preventing cancer.

Sun Farms Vegetable Soup contains soybean, shiitake mushroom, mung bean, red date, scallion, garlic, lentil bean, leek, hawthorn fruit, onion, American ginseng, angelica root, licorice, dandelion root, senegal root, ginger, olive, sesame seed, and parsley.

In mice that were fed dried Sun Soup powder, tumor growth was slowed by 53–74%. And laboratory tests showed that Sun Soup contains inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a compound that slows the growth of cancer cells. It also contains genistein, daidzein, and coumestrol, which are phytoestrogens (also known as isoflavones) found in soybeans. Sun Soup was also associated with improvements in survival in small studies of late-stage, non-small cell lung cancer patients. Larger studies are needed.

Purported Uses
  • To prevent and treat cancer
    A small showed that Sun Soup may improve survival in late-stage, non-small cell lung cancer patients, but its use for the treatment or prevention of other cancers has not been studied.
  • To treat HIV and AIDS
    Evidence is lacking to support this claim.
  • To stimulate the immune system
    Although laboratory studies have shown that the ingredients found in Sun Soup stimulate certain aspects of the immune system, it is not known if such effects occur in the human body.
  • To maintain the weight lost with diseases like cancer and AIDS
    A small study in late-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients supports this claim.
Side Effects
  • Sun Soup can cause gastrointestinal fullness or bloating.
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For Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Summary

A proprietary product developed by the biochemist Alexander Sun, Sun Soup contains water, soybean, shiitake mushroom, mung bean, red date, scallion, garlic, lentil bean, leek, hawthorn fruit, onion, American ginseng, angelica root, licorice, dandelion root, senegal root, ginger, olive, sesame seed, and parsley (1). Patients use it in conjunction with conventional therapies to prevent and treat cancer, AIDS, promote weight gain, and as an immunostimulant.

Sun Soup was shown to have antitumor effects in a murine model; and when administered concurrently with conventional therapies, it was associated with improved survival, weight maintenance and the Karnofsky Performance Scale Score in patients with stage III and IV non-small cell lung cancer (1) (2).  Larger randomized studies are needed to confirm these findings.

Purported Uses
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer treatment
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Immunostimulation
  • Weight maintenance
Mechanism of Action

The inventor suggests that the antitumor activities of compounds in some constituents act synergistically (1). Quantitative analysis of freeze-dried powder (DSV) revealed approximately 63 mg inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), 2.6 mg genistein, 4.4 mg daidzein, and 15.5 mg coumestrol per serving (2). Preclinical studies performed with IP6 suggest that it slows the initiation and/or promotion, inhibits proliferation by chelation of metalloproteins, causes G0/G1 arrest, and induces differentiation of various cancer cell lines. In vitro, genistein inhibits angiogenesis, induces DNA damage in cancer cell lines, and, with daidzein and coumestrol, inhibits the growth of human prostate cancer cell lines (3). Genistein and coumestrol have also been shown to induce NADPH:quinone reductase (QR), a detoxifying phase II enzyme, in colonic cells, leading to possible antitumor effects (4).

Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a polysaccharide, which may act as an immunomodulator and enhance production of IL-1, TNF, LAK activity, cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and cytotoxic peritoneal exudate cells. Mice that were fed shiitake extract, mung bean extract, or both exhibited tumor inhibition of 60%, 53%, and 82%, respectively, when compared to the control group after 22 days.

Adverse Reactions

Common: Gastrointestinal fullness or bloating after ingestion (1).

Herb-Drug Interactions

Although no drug interactions have been reported, several ingredients of Sun Soup can interact with prescription drugs. Please see the following monographs:

Lentinan
Hawthorn fruit
Ginger
Licorice
Soy
American ginseng

References
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