Monday, November 22, 2010

Fruit Compound Protects Against Cancer

Lupeol, a compound in fruits like blackberries, blueberries, papaya, and blackcurrant, appears to be effective in buffering the acids that localize in the head and neck, a study in Hong Kong has found.

An experiment with mice showed lupeol had no negative side effects, scientists at the University of Hong Kong said in a report published in the September issue of the Journal of Cancer Research.

"It can suppress the movement of cancer cells and suppress their growth and it is found to be even more effective than conventional drugs (eg. cisplatin),"
said Anthony Yuen, a professor at the University of Hong Kong's surgery department.

The team plans another round of tests and hopes to proceed eventually to human clinical trials, though it would not commit itself to a time frame.

Cancerous cells in the head and neck involve acidity of the nose, oral cavity, throat, voice box, thyroid and salivary glands and are found more commonly in Asians than Westerners. Read more....

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