What is IP6?

IP6, also known as inositol hexophosphate or phytic acid, is a sugar molecule with six phosphate groups attached. It is composed of inositol (one of the B vitamins) bound with six molecules of phosphorous. IP6 was first identified in 1855, but has only recently been researched as a preventative and cure for cancer as well as heart and liver diseases, kidney stones, Parkinson’s disease, and more. It is also a powerful antioxidant, immune system enhancer, and booster of natural killer cells. Foods that are significant sources of IP6 include dried beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, rice, wheat germ, corn and sesame.

Dr. Abulkalam Shamsuddin, a scientist at the University of Maryland School of medicine has been the pioneer researcher of IP6, beginning his work on the compound in the late 1980’s. He discovered the ability of IP6 to control the rate of abnormal cell division even when administered long after cancer was induced. He then proved that IP6 normalized the sugar production of cancerous cells, thereby altering the gene expression toward a more healthful state. This proven ability to change cancer cell physiology had major implications, since cancer cells that are well behaved have far less negative impact on health.


Inositol hexaphosphate  (IP6) suppresses colorectal cancer cell proliferation.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is common worldwide, and most treatments for CRC have undesirable side effects. Many researchers have demonstrated that inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) has potent anticarcinogenic activity against CRC and no apparent toxicity to normal cells. However, the underlying mechanism is still unclear. In this study, we investigated the anticancer and anti-proliferative properties of IP6 in CRC and its possible mechanisms during this chemopreventive process. We examined the expression of genes related to the PI3K/Akt and Wnt pathways at the transcriptional and translational levels in a DMH-induced rat CRC model following IP6 administration. In addition, we also conducted cell proliferation analysis. The results demonstrated that IP6 could inhibit tumors, in terms of tumor incidence, number, weight and volume in DMH-induced rats. Additionally, Akt and c-Myc mRNA levels were significantly decreased. IP6was also shown to downregulate Akt, pAkt, pGSK-3?, and c-Myc protein expression and upregulate p?-catenin protein expression. Furthermore, tumor tissues from IP6-treated rats showed decreased proliferation. In conclusion, the anti-proliferative effect of IP6 may be related to crosstalk between the PI3K/Akt and Wnt pathways, revealing a potential mechanism of CRC inhibition by IP6 in our model.


Yu W, Liu C, Li X, Yang F, Cheng L, Liu C, Song Y. Inositol hexaphosphate suppresses colorectal cancer cell proliferation via the Akt/GSK-3?/?-catenin signaling cascade in a 1,2-dimethylhydrazine-induced rat model. Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Mar 15. pii: S0014-2999(17)30161-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2017.03.011. PubMed PMID: 28315345.


About the author: Dr. Mordy Levy


Dr. Mordy Levy, ND, DC, HOM, MD(ATG) is the only Canadian doctor to have graduated from three first professional doctorates in separate and distinct health care professions: Chiropractic Medicine (DC)-1997, Conventional Medicine (MD)-2006, Naturopathic Medicine (ND)-2011, graduated Summa Cum Laude, from the prestigious National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL) and was the valedictorian of his graduating class.

Dr Levy's first undergraduate degree (BSc) was in Biology and Psychology from York University, graduated with Honours, and his second undergraduate degree (BMSc) was in Human Biology and Biomedical sciences from National University of Health Sciences (Chicago, IL)

Dr. Levy is a registered member in good standing with three distinct health professions in Ontario, namely the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, in addition to the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.

Dr. Levy is a professional member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, the Canadian Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, American College of Nutrition, in addition to the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Homeopathic Association.

Always an avid lifelong learner, Dr. Levy completed numerous postgraduate certifications in Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Medical Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, in addition to Prolotherapy regenerative medicine. His clinical interests are in Neurological, Autoimmune, Hormonal and Gastrointestinal Dysfunctions.
On a personal noted: Dr. Levy enjoys spending time with his three boys, practicing TaeKwonDo and reviewing research articles.

Website: http://www.DrLevy.ca