Navigation Links
Bitter melon extract attacks breast cancer cells

ST. LOUIS -- The extract from a vegetable that is common in India and China shows promise in triggering a chain of events that kills breast cancer cells and prevents them from multiplying, a Saint Louis University researcher has found.

Ratna Ray, Ph.D., professor in the department of pathology at Saint Louis University and lead researcher, said she was surprised that the extract from the bitter melon she cooks in stir fries inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells.

"To our knowledge, this is the first report describing the effect of bitter melon extract on cancer cells," Ray said. "Our result was encouraging. We have shown that bitter melon extract significantly induced death in breast cancer cells and decreased their growth and spread."

Ray said she decided to study the impact of bitter melon extract on breast cancer cells because research by others have shown the substance lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Bitter melon extract is commonly used as a folk medicine to treat diabetes in China and India, she said.

Ray conducted her research using human breast cancer cells in vitro or in a controlled lab setting. The next step, she says, is to test bitter melon extract in an animal model to see if it plays a role in delaying the growth or killing of breast cancer cells. If those results are positive, human trials could follow.

While it's too early to know for sure whether bitter melon extract will help breast cancer patients, the question is worth studying, Ray said.

"There have been significant advances in breast cancer treatment, which have improved patient survival and quality of life. However women continue to die of the disease and new treatment strategies are essential," Ray said.

"Cancer prevention by the use of naturally occurring dietary substances is considered a practical approach to reduce the ever-increasing incidence of cancer. Studying a high risk breast cancer population where bitter melon is taken as a dietary product will be an important area of future research," Ray said.

She cautioned against seeing bitter melon extract as a miracle cure for breast cancer.

"Bitter melon is common in China and India, and women there still get breast cancer," Ray said.


Contact: Nancy Solomon
Saint Louis University

Related medicine news :

1. Food peptides activate bitter taste receptors
2. A ton of bitter melon produces sweet results for diabetes
3. Bittersweet milestones
4. Compliance and cost: Bitter pills to swallow in the age of oral chemotherapy
5. New study: Pine bark extract reduces ADHD symptoms in children
6. New study: pine bark extract boosts nitric oxide production
7. Broccoli sprout-derived extract protects against ultraviolet radiation
8. Extracts of catfish caught in polluted waters cause breast cancer cells to multiply
9. Herbal extract found to increase lifespan
10. Green Tea, Fruit Extracts Touted as Potential Cancer Fighters
11. Metabothin B56 with Ephedra Extract Now Available
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Bitter melon extract attacks breast cancer cells
(Date:11/25/2015)... Canadian, OK (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... and International training center for the Narconon network, announced the release of a new ... Since 1966 the Narconon organization has been working with drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals with ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 23rd 2015 ... Tri Lite’s personal heating products business. Cozy Products explains what this means for ... fit in well with the Cozy Products business model: to sell personal heaters that ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® ... and Beddit Classic sleep tracking systems. The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ ... and understand how well you slept. The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... “While riding the ... inventor, from Bronx, N.Y. “I thought there had to be a convenient and comfortable ... PROTECTOR. , The PROTECTOR enables disabled individuals to safely travel during cold or inclement ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... announces the nation’s Periwinkle Pioneers, individuals and groups responsible for advancing care for ... The Periwinkle Pioneers, nominated by the public, will receive special recognition throughout 2016 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research and ... of the "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ... Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, ... --> --> ... of the Japanese therapeutic drug monitoring market, including ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ... Cell Surface Testing Market: Supplier Shares, ... their offering.  --> ... the  "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... --> ... att använda SyMRI för att hitta optimal ... med multipel skleros (MS) eller hjärntumörmetastaser och ... för att kunna använda SyMRI Research Edition ... kan man generera flera konstrastbilder från en ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: