Rationale Behind the Gerson (Food Medicine) Therapy – Part 2

Today we’re delving deeper into the nutritional facts of some of the staple foods used on the Gerson therapy.  If you missed Part 1 of the Rationale Behind the Gerson (Food Medicine) Therapy you can check that out here.

Listed below is a (brief) nutritional outline of some of the staple foods used in the Gerson therapy.

Watercress (one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans) contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, iodine, and folic acid, in addition to vitamins A and C. It also contains more sulphur than any other vegetable (except horseradish), which helps with protein absorption, purifying the blood, and assists in cell building.

Escarole is high in folate, which the human body needs to synthesize, repair and methylate DNA. It is also high in vitamins A and K.

Romaine (Cos) and Red Leaf Lettuce are excellent sources of chlorophyll and vitamin K (responsible for the proper growth and protection of cells).  They also are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C as well as folic acid, manganese and chromium.

Red Cabbage is rich in enzymes, and vitamins C and K. Cabbage juice if full of cancer-fighting nutrients like glucosinolates (which acts as chemoprotective agents against carcinogens, aka: block tumors) and anthocyanins (powerful antioxidants).

Endive an excellent source of Vitamin A (a fat-soluble vitamin with multiple functions in the body. It helps cells differentiate, an essential part of cell reproduction. Cells that are not fully differentiated are more likely to undergo precancerous changes. It is a central component for healthy vision; vitamin A nourishes cells in various structures of the eye. Vitamin A also influences the function and development of sperm, ovaries, and placenta and is a vital component of the reproductive process), Vitamin K, Folate, Manganese and a good source of Vitamin C (an antioxidant that neutralizes pollutants in the body, helps to prevent cell damage and produces the collagen which makes healthy cartilage, joints, skin and blood vessels)

Chard (Silver beet)  contains good amounts of vitamins A, K, C. The stalks are high in iron (a mineral that is essential for an energetic body, a sharp mind and a strong immune system. Iron helps blood and muscles supply oxygen to the body)

Bell Pepper (Capsicum) contains a good source of thiamin, niacin (combines with other B vitamins to release energy in the cells, and to regulate circulation, hormones, glucose, and hydrochloric acid in the body), folate, magnesium and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, C, K, B6 (is needed for the formation of hemoglobin, which is the molecule that carries oxygen in your red blood cells and plays a role in protein metabolism), potassium and manganese.

About Potatoes
I know several of you are really curious why potatoes are used in a healing diet. Potatoes are not the bad guys they are made out to be, unless of course you fry ‘em up, pour loads of salt and butter on them (or worse), and expect them to count as your ‘vegetable’ serving for the day. Truly potatoes don’t deserve the bad rap they’ve been given over the last couple decades.

  • They are a fat-free, cholesterol free, easy to digest plant protein
  • One medium potato (5.3 oz) with the skin contains 45 percent of the daily value for vitamin C; as much or more potassium (an essential mineral that helps regulate heart function, blood pressure, and nerve and muscle activity. Potassium is also required for carbohydrate and protein metabolism and helps maintain the proper pH within the body) than either bananas, spinach, or broccoli; 10 percent of the daily value of B6; and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc
  • With the skins left on, a medium potato contains 8 percent of the daily value of fiber (essential for a healthy digestive system, improving blood lipid levels, regulating blood glucose, and increasing satiety)

About Oats (Oatmeal)
Oats are an excellent source of thiamine, iron, dietary fiber and are the only source of antioxidant compounds known as avenanthramides (which help to protect the circulatory system). They also contain beta-glucan (which is believed to help control blood glucose levels and stimulate the immune system).

So that’s the short of it.

Nutritional healing can be quite complex, which is why I tried to tame the topic by keeping it short and sweet here. I hope despite doing so that the rhyme and reason behind the food(s) chosen on this therapy is clear.

Any surprises?

Let me know if you have any curiosities and or questions. Even though I don’t play a dietitian or doctor on the Internet (or in real life), I will try to answer what I can. Like I’ve been curious as to why the Gerson therapy insists on green bell peppers in the juice? Why not red? Red bell peppers have more vitamin C than their green counterparts; they also have lycopene, and carotene which the green peppers don’t have. I’m in pursuit of an answer to that question and will let you know what I learn. If you know PLEASE share!

Coming next? Healing with coffee! Actually, come to think of it, the next post might be a long overdue photo journal update and then onto coffee enemas. We’ll see how the next week rolls. I promise a Gerson therapy progress update soon.

’till next time…

All love from my kitchen apothecary to yours,


Nutrition Data
Potato Nutrition Handbook

18 responses to “Rationale Behind the Gerson (Food Medicine) Therapy – Part 2

  1. Cool to know! Looking forward to your update.


  2. Maybe the red ones are hotter?


  3. I have oats every morning, but probably making it with milk and sugar is not the best way to go about it. How do you make it on the Gerson therapy?


    • Silly me. I forgot to include the oats recipe in the primary Gerson recipe post. I will go back and amend that. I too will do a separate Q&A post and will include the Gerson way of making oatmeal there too. Thanks, Maria.


  4. I am also curious how they prepare the oats. Also, I don’t understand why healing herbs like garlic and tumeric are not allowed. Other than that, I really think the Gerson approach deserves more recognition. Great post!


    • I will post the Gerson oatmeal recipe in an upcoming Q&A post as well as go back and amend the Gerson primary recipe post I did. Somehow I failed to include it. Oops. Yes,
      I agree with you, there are some things about Gerson that I still don’t get. While garlic is thankfully allowed on Gerson (and I use it a lot) other medicinals, even anti-inflammatory’s like you mention tumeric, as well as ginger, et al., are not allowed. I will address this further in the Q&A post, to the extent I can explain their rationale that is. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts, createityourself!


  5. Learning about the Gerson therapy through you has really got me interested in what I am eating. That’s cool! Thank you.
    Looking forward to the update and new photos. Don’t dissapoint Bri. You know what photo update he wants to see! :)


  6. I so appreciate what you share here. I am learning things I never even thought much about before. Much appreciation for your efforts and care. I hope you are doing well!


  7. Thank you for sharing this information. I’m pulled in and wanting to know more. I’m curious why so many healthy foods are not allowed on a nutritional healing program? Could you share why? Thanks.


  8. Great information. I wonder why herbs and some healthy foods are not allowed too. Hope you are feeling better on this new therapy. Look forward to learning more. :)


    • I understand why there are so many questions about why certain foods are not allowed. I am still curious and wondering to a degree myself, but will attempt to answer what I can in an upcoming Q&A post. Thanks, Ginnie, for your comment!


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