Category Archives: Cancer Treatment

Can chili peppers kill cancer cells?

1441705070647After read about this new finding, we reflected on how it might alter how people describe the heat associated with chili peppers. “It was so hot it made my eyes water.” “It was so hot my ears turned red.” “It was so hot my mouth was on fire.” Someday we just might hear, “It’s hot enough to kill cancer cells.” What an amazing thing.

Capsaicin, the compound responsible for chilis’ heat, is used in creams sold to relieve pain, and recent research shows that in high doses, it kills prostate cancer cells. Now researchers are finding clues that help explain how the substance works. Their conclusions suggest that one day it could come in a new, therapeutic form. Their study appears in ACS’The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

About 10 years ago, researchers reported that capsaicin can kill prostate cancer cells in mice while leaving healthy cells unharmed. But translating that dose to humans would require them to eat a huge number of chili peppers per day. Figuring out how capsaicin works could help researchers transform it into an effective drug in the form of an injection or pill.

Researchers have figured out that the molecule binds to a cell’s surface and affects the membrane, which surrounds and protects the cell. That finding prompted Ashok Kumar Mishra and Jitendriya Swain to try to gain a deeper understanding of capsaicin’s effects so it might be harnessed in the future for new medicines.

The scientists were able to detect how the compound interacts with cell membranes by monitoring its natural fluorescence. The study showed that capsaicin lodges in the membranes near the surface. Add enough of it, and the capsaicin essentially causes the membranes to come apart. With additional research, this insight could help lead to novel tools against cancer or other conditions.

It’s always exciting when research establishes links between natural foods and improving outcomes of disease. A natural approach that can be proven as effective will ultimately always be a better option than unnatural methods. Cancer treatment is exceptionally hard on the human body. More natural options would be welcome to the millions of people undergoing treatment. We look forward to hearing more about this fascinating development.

Coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer for heavy drinkers

coffee-ending1Coffee is an important part of the day for millions of people. It’s a necessary wake-up call in the morning. Unfortunately it’s gotten a bad reputation over the years because if its caffeine content. Recently though, we’ve been getting pretty consistent news on the health benefits of coffee. We’ve got more of that good news today, but its targeted to a specific segment of the population.

It turns out that regular coffee consumption can mitigate the damage caused by frequent drinking of alcohol.

The research survey, published by a group of scientist at the World Cancer Research Fund International, found out that drinking three or more alcoholic beverages a day is the threshold for a significant increase in the risk of acquiring liver cancer. However, the risk can be heavily negated if the heavy drinker treats himself/herself with a cup of coffee every day.

This came from an analysis of 34 scientific research studies involving liver cancer. The studies have a total of 8.2 million subjects and 24,500 of them were diagnosed with liver cancer.

“The finding provides the clearest indication to date of how many drinks actually cause liver cancer,” said Dr. Anne McTiernan of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle in a recently released report, referring to the 45 grams of alcohol or equivalent of three alcoholic drinks is a very probable cause of liver cancer.

The researchers are unsure how coffee decreases the risk of being diagnosed with liver cancer.

“Mechanisms that support a protective effect of coffee on liver cancer relate largely to studies in animals, although some human studies contribute to the evidence. Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver,” said the researchers.

Although unsure of the reasons, this study suggests that daily drinkers should lessen their alcohol intake to about 2 bottles of beer a day to ensure the non-development of liver cancer.

The study also had additional findings such as the link between Aflatoxins and liver cancer. Aflatoxins are a kind of mold and they can contaminate food such as cereals, peanuts, chilies, spices, and dried fruit. Contamination risks go higher if the food is not properly stored in warmer climates.

Even if this study links daily coffee consumption and daily alcohol consumption, it’s still important for people to limit the latter and go for a better lifestyle. Liver cancer ranks second in most cancer deaths with an estimated 24,550 deaths last year. is a huge proponent of moderation. But we also understand that findings like this about coffee can help provide a much needed, highly valuable insight into the control and treatment of liver cancer. As science learns more and more about the value of nutrition in the fight against and treatment of serious disease, we’re hopeful that we’ll see more and more natural solutions that can change all our lives for the better.

Can dietary fats influence breast cancer outcomes?

breast cancer affectsDuring this Breast Cancer Awareness Month we’ll be reading all about food, nutrition and breast cancer. knows we all appreciate this important information, especially women. Understanding more about this devastating disease and what we can do to prevent it is certainly significant for millions of women worldwide. But what about how diet affects women who are being treated for the disease. Interestingly, new research reports the importance of diet in successful treatment.

A new study is suggesting that dietary fat intake may determine how effective chemotherapy will be in preventing the advancement of breast cancer.

The study showed that a diet with stearate can reduce the incidence of breast cancer metastasis to the lungs by 50% in mice inoculated with human breast cancer cells who are receiving treatment with paclitaxel compared to a diet with corn oil and a diet low in fat.

Stearate is the salt of stearic acid, a saturated fatty acid that’s high in animal fat as well as cocoa butter and shea butter. As a saturated fatty acid, it’s won’t oxidize and it will cause the production of free radicals, increasing oxidative stress.

The stearate-enriched diet also reduced the number and size of nodules in the lungs when compared with the low-fat diet. Both the corn oil and stearate diets reduced the number of mice that had any lung metastasis in comparison with the low-fat diet.

This is a fascinating study, suggesting that diet does in fact have a direct correlation with successful breast cancer treatment. We are coming to understand more and more that our diets not only influence our overall health and well being, but can also be key to preventing disease and working along side with science and medicine to help us fight them as well.

Anti-cancer compound identified in Mediterranean Diet has been finding fascinating health benefits linked to the Mediterranean diet for the past several months. We’re always excited by the new findings because the traditional Mediterranean diet is such a flavorful, fresh way to eat that incorporating it into your lifestyle is an easy transition for most to make. Today we found more information we wanted to share with our community.

There’s new research out of Ohio State University that links a compound that is abundant in the Mediterranean diet to eliminating the power of cancer cells to escape cell death. It appears that this compound alters a specific step in gene regulation and turns the cancer cells into normal cells that will die.

One of the reasons that cancer is a difficult disease to cure is that cancer cells thrive by inhibiting the regular cell death process. The researchers from Ohio State discovered that a compound found in some plant-based foods, apigenin, could re-educate breast cancer cells, leaving them to live and die by the regular cell lifecycle.

Though finding that apigenin can influence cancer cell behavior was an important outcome of the work, the researchers noted the importance of their new biomedical research technique and its contribution to nutraceutical research. The technique was compared to “fishing” for human proteins in cells that interact with molecules available in the diet.

Through experimentation, the researchers established that apigenin has relationships with proteins that have specific functions. The most important was a protein called hnRNPA2. It appears that this protein influences the activity of messenger RNA, which contains the instructions to produce a specific protein. The production of messenger RNA results from splicing RNA. It is noted that abnormal splicing is the problem with about 80 percent of all cancers. It appears that in cancer cells, two types of splicing occur when only one takes place in a normal cell. It’s an integral part of how cancer cells stay alive and continue to reproduce instead of following the normal cell lifecycle.

When apigenin was introduced, the splicing that inhibited cell death was eliminated. The single-splice characteristic was restored to the cells, causing them to die in a natural manner.

Parsley, celery and chamomile tea are the most common sources of apigenin, but it is found in many fruits and vegetables. Since the Mediterranean Diet is rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, the compound is most readily available through this particular style of eating. is once again thrilled by the knowledge being uncovered about the powerful health benefits that come to us through pure, fresh foods. It’s exciting to imagine a future where nutraceuticals become the chosen treatments for the chronic and often fatal diseases that plague so many in our population. In the meantime, the Mediterranean Diet is rich in many health benefits. It’s easy to incorporate into your lifestyle and allows for an abundance of food options. You’ll enjoy your food. You won’t be bored with your diet. And you’ll be doing something positive for your health!

Soybeans discovered to have anti-cancer properties is always a big fan of information pointing to foods as possible treatments for serious disease. Natural treatments for chronic, sometimes deadly conditions could help millions of people worldwide and save them from traditional, often painful and debilitating treatments that sometimes have limited results.

A recent study from University of Arkansas researchers points to the possibility that soybeans show potential as a treatment for cancer. It appears that proteins found in soybeans may have the ability to block the growth and development of lung, liver and colon cancer tumors. The peptides derived from soybean meal have shown to inhibit cancer cell growth.

Soybean meal is a bi-product from the oil extraction of soybean seeds. Proteins make up about 40 percent of the nutritional components of the seeds and can also contain high amounts of a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.

The researchers looked at the role soybeans could have in the prevention of cancer. They used a variety of soybean lines which were high in oleic acid and protein and monitored the activity between the peptides derived from the soybean meal and various types of human cancer.

The study showed that peptides derived from soybean meal inhibited cell growth by 73% for colon cancer, 70% for liver cancer and 68% for lung cancer cells using human cell lines. This suggests that certain soybean lines could have a potential nutraceutical affect in helping to reduce the growth of several types of cancer cells. will follow this information and keep our community informed of other research done to further these results. These exciting new findings raise hope that those afflicted with these cancers can someday receive treatments that are not only more natural and kind to the body, but also more effective in fighting their disease.

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Vitamin E may help treat and prevent cancer has always kept a close eye on the potential effects of vitamins and supplements on our health. Recently, we introduced our own line of vitamins and supplements that address the need for better-formulated products that are free from the controversial ingredients we are always addressing. You can find them at the FoodFacts TRI Nutritionals website.

Today we read some great information we wanted to share with our community about Vitamin E and its anti-cancer properties. It’s long been presumed that this vitamin could prevent cancer, in fact many animal studies have suggested the idea. However, human clinical trials that were conducted to follow up on those findings did not illustrate the same benefits.

A new study out of Ohio State University and Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have now shown that Vitamin E can, in fact, have some benefit in cancer prevention and treatment. Researchers showed that in prostate cancer cells, one form of Vitamin E inhibits the activation of an enzyme (the Akt enzyme) that must be present in order for cancer cells to survive.

The study points out that a readily available Vitamin E supplement won’t do the trick. Affordable Vitamin E supplements are  based on a vitamin form that didn’t fight cancer as effectively in the study. In addition, the human body can’t absorb the high dose of a typical supplement that would be required to achieve the anti-cancer effect demonstrated.

The most commonly known form of Vitamin E is a variety called tocopherols. Researchers were able to show that a specific form of tocopherol is the most potent anti-cancer form of the vitamin. The scientists manipulated the structure of the Vitamin E molecule and found that the new substance created was able to reduce the size of prostate tumors in mice. Effectively it was able to shut off the Akt enzyme. Mice with prostate cancer who were injected with the agent created by the scientists experienced suppressed tumor growth when compared to those mice injected with a placebo which had no effect on tumor growth. Chemical analysis of the treated tumors showed that the Akt enzyme signal was suppressed. The animal study also suggested the experimental agent was not toxic.

These findings suggest that an agent based on the chemical structure of one form of vitamin E could help prevent and treat numerous types of cancer. It was noted that this is a new finding. While other benefits of Vitamin E have been known for years, no one knew about the specific anti-cancer benefits of this specific form of the vitamin. The researchers are continuing to work on the Vitamin E formulation that they have developed. hopes to report further information in the future regarding the work of these researchers. We look forward to the day that Vitamin E may become a treatment for cancer that will present patients with non-toxic, more natural options in fighting their disease.

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