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Grapefruit Juice Boosts Anti-Cancer Drug's Effects
Date:4/20/2009

lood vessels needed by tumors to grow. However, less than 15 percent of rapamycin is absorbed by the body when the drug is taken by mouth.

Grapefruit juice contains compounds called furanocoumarins that decrease the breakdown of rapamycin and increase blood levels of the drug three- to fourfold, which means more of the drug can reach its cancer target, according to the researchers.

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SOURCE: University of Chicago Medical Center, news releaes, April 20, 2009


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