Breuss Juice

Rudolf Breuss [1899-1990] was an Austrian naturopath whose 42-day cancer juicing regime achieved international fame.  The recipe is simple enough: 55% red beet root, 20% carrots, 20% celery root, 3% raw potato, 2% radishes. His theory was that cancer survives on protein and that when deprived of protein, the tumor dies. Unlike some juice fasts, the Breuss method requires both juicing and straining.  However, other liquids, such as herbal teas are not simply permitted, but required, especially the white sage tea.

My personal opinion is that this is one of many possible juice fasts, but it has been extremely popular, especially in Europe, and thousands of people claim to have been cured by it.  Nutritional experts tend to emphasize the vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes found in fresh juice made from organically grown plants.  My hunch is that antioxidants play a more important role, and that is perfectly safe to add a few herbs and/or herbal extracts to the vegetable juices, but Breuss himself insisted on absolute adherence to his instructions . . . and they are fairly lengthy and sometimes complicated.  In short, one must read his book in order to be fully compliant.

The Breuss Recipe


Red Beet Root
300 grams – 9.6 ounces

The red color of beets is due to betaine, a flavonoid with known anticancer properties. Beets also contain iron which is necessary for hemoglobin production as well as the transport of oxygen. Beet roots also contain many B vitamins, including B3, B5, and B6. Raw beets have many other benefits, including improving circulation, blood pressure, and kidney function.

100 grams – 3.2 ounces

Carrots are also rich in antioxidants, especially beta carotene, but what is especially interesting besides the known benefits for vision is that carrots contain the antifungal chemical falcarinol.

Celery Root
100 grams – 3.2 ounces

Celery contains apigenin and luteolin, flavonoids that protect against free radicals. Celery has been shown to prevent formation of cancer cells and to deprive tumors of nutrients.

Black Radishes
30 grams – 1.06 ounces

Many writing about the Breuss protocol are showing pictures of red radishes.  His book clearly states “black radishes”. These contain the same glucosinolates as found in cruciferous vegetables.

Raw Potato
One potato, the size of an egg

Please note that the original instructions are explicit with respect to the potato being optional except for liver cancer. However, it is also stated that the peels can be made into a tea and sipped. In short, there are three possibilities: omit the potato, juice it, or make a tea with the peels. There is no statement regarding the type of potato to be used. Very likely, purple potatoes had not been introduced to Europe at the time of the publication.


Part of the theory behind the Breuss juice fast is that tumors depend not merely on protein but on solids so the juice sediment is to be filtered out. It is totally normal to have some semi-solid particulates after running plant materials through a masticating juicer, but the juice is to be strained so that the sediment is not consumed. This is confusing to some who think they need dietary fiber. The amount to be sipped throughout the day.  This recipe makes about two cups (half a liter). Herbal teas can also be taken, but all solid food is prohibited during this fast.


Keep the juice covered except when sipping.  Juice oxidizes quickly so it should be kept covered.  Some weight loss should be expected. No one should undertake this fast without first reading the book by Breuss and then preparing all that will be needed to make the teas.  Also, breaking the fast at the end must be done carefully.


Many patients in the United States are more familiar with the Gerson Therapy than the Breuss Treatment, but reports from Europe seem to support a more versatile strategy.

Given the diverse nature of local foods, it is almost certain that many foods have equally beneficial properties, but experimentation always introduces unknowns and therefore risks.

Growing What is Needed:

The videos below show how very easy it would be to grow the plants needed for this particular fast. Since some people want to start right away, this may not be practical for everyone but keep in mind that one of the purposes of this site is to encourage production of plants needed by patients so these plants could be grown in clinic gardens, in neighborhoods, retirement homes, even hospice centers.



Breuss, Rudolf. The Breuss Cancer Cure, Books Alive, Summertown, TN, 1995.


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Black Radish
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Celery Root
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