Natural News: Bitter Melon Blocks Breast Cancer Growth

(NaturalNews) Extract of bitter melon appears to block growth and induce
death of cancerous cells, according to a study conducted by researchers
from the University of Colorado and Saint Louis University, and
published in the journal Cancer Research.

"Our findings suggest that bitter melon extract modulates several signal transduction
pathways, which induces breast cancer cell death," said lead researcher
Ratna B. Ray. "This extract can be utilized as a dietary supplement for
the prevention of breast cancer."

Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd and wild cucumber, is the fruit of the plant Momordica
charantia, a vine in the gourd family that grows in tropical and
subtropical regions around the world. The fruit is popular in Asia,
Africa, China and the Caribbean, and is used in traditional medicine as a
treatment for diabetes and infection.

Researchers tested bitter melon extract on cancer cells in the laboratory, and found that the
extract suppressed cell division signals and stimulated signals leading
to programmed cell death (apoptosis).

"Breast cancer is a major killer among women around the world, and in that perspective, results
from this study are quite significant," researcher Rajesh Agarwal said.
"This study may provide us with one more agent as an extract that could
be used against breast cancer if additional studies hold true."

The researchers are now conducting follow-up studies with a wider variety
of cancer cell lines to confirm their results. They are also scheduling a
preliminary trial in human patients to see if an oral dose of bitter
melon extract can improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

Agarwal warned that there is not any evidence yet that bitter melon extract
alone can help prevent cancer. This concern was echoed by Jessica Harris
of Cancer Research UK.

"The most up-to-date, reliable evidence shows that drinking less alcohol, being physically active and keeping a
healthy weight can reduce the risk of breast cancer," Harris said.

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Comment by Sweettina2 on July 2, 2010 at 3:18pm
Thanks PH, I am going to check into it and get some. Some of my family were mountain folks that swear by the herbs and natural medicines....we should listen to the old folks a lot more than we do.
Comment by Tara on July 2, 2010 at 5:08pm
Great info for us ladies Sweettina, thanks for adding!
Comment by Sweettina2 on July 2, 2010 at 6:13pm
You betcha girl. Think I will be doing a little more on things like this.


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