Extract Of Bitter Melon May Slow Breast Cancer – Part 1 of 3
Extract Of Bitter Melon May Slow Breast Cancer. A well-received nutritional supplement – extract of bitter melon – may help keep women from breast cancer, researchers say. Bitter melon is a common vegetable in India, China and South America, and its extract is used in folk remedies for diabetes because of its blood-sugar lowering capabilities, according to the researchers. “When we second-hand the extract from that melon, we saw that it kills the breast cancer cells,” said lead researcher Ratna Ray, a professor of pathology at Saint Louis University. But their toil was done in a laboratory, not in humans.
The bitter melon extract killed only the cancer cells, not the healthy breast cells. “We didn’t see any death in the normal cells”. However, these results are not evidence that bitter melon extract prevents or cures breast cancer. “I don’t believe that it will cure cancer. It will probably delay or perhaps have some prevention.”
The detonation was published online Feb 23 in advance of print publication March 1 in Cancer Research. For the study, Ray’s team treated human breast cancer cells with unappetizing melon extract, which is sold in US health food stores and over the Internet.