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Melon Extract Can Block Breast Cancer

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado and Saint Louis University, extract of bitter melon appears to block the growth and induce the death of cancerous cells that cause breast cancer. Their findings indicate that the melon extract transforms various signal transduction pathways inducing the death of breast cancer cells. Women will be able to take the extract as a dietary supplement to prevent breast cancer.

Wild Cucumber
Bitter melon, also known as wild cucumber, is the fruit of the plant Momordica charantia, a vine plant that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The fruit is very popular in Asia, the Caribbean, and China, where it is used as a treatment for diabetes and infections.
Upon testing the bitter melon extract in laboratories, researchers found that the extract suppressed cell division signals. The extract was also found to stimulate signals leading to apoptosis, programmed cell death.
Currently follow-up studies are being conducted with a wider variety of cancer cell lines in order to confirm prior study results. Preliminary trials in human patients are also being scheduled to see if an oral dose of the bitter melon extract can advance the results of chemotherapy. Even though there is not yet any evidence that the bitter melon extract can alone prevent cancer it is a step towards a cure. Jessica Harris of Cancer Research UK stated “the most up-to-date, reliable evidence shows that drinking less alcohol, being physically active and keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk o breast cancer.” However, researchers remain optimistic awaiting the results of future research and trials.
Think about it, if you just had to add a bitter melon extract pill to your morning routine in order to prevent breast cancer, why wouldn’t you do it? It would be a simple addition and well worth the results. We look forward to hearing more about the success of this study. Hopefully it will lead to new research for the prevention of other forms of cancer as well.

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Mat Robar

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