Water soluble Garlic ingredients may inhibit liver cancer
Researchers from the Department of Biology, University of Rome examined the effects of different
Garlic ingredients on liver cancer cells. If left alone, the liver cancer cells grew at a tremendous
rate; multiplying by 300% in just 48 hours. The fatty soluble Garlic substances that cause the potent
odor effects of Garlic had no effect on stopping the growth of the liver cancer; these ingredients
usually evaporate quickly. The water soluble substances however completely stopped the multiplication
of the cancer cells. Also, these substances were not dangerous to healthy cells. The study is published
in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
Yesterday we reported that taking a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ibuprofen prevented
the onset of Alzheimer's disease in patients who inherited a gene from their parents that puts them
at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Resveratrol improves the ability of chemotherapy to fight cancer in cellular and animal studies
Cisplatin and doxorubicin are two commonly used cancer chemotherapeutic drugs. Resveratrol is a plant
polyphenol known to have anticancer effects. In this study Resveratrol was added to doxorubicin and
cisplatin to test its ability to improve the chemotherapeutic punch on both ovarian and uterine cancer
cells. When Resveratrol was added to either cisplatin or doxorubicin the ability of the drugs to inhibit
the growth of the cancer cells was more powerful than using the drugs alone.
In a second study the drug doxorubicin was given to rats and their heart function was monitored; doxorubicin is notorious for causing toxicity to the heart muscle. Resveratrol reduced doxorubicins impact on heart rate and function and in a study of heart cells Resveratrol improved heart cell viability in the presence of doxorubicin. The studies are published in the May 2006 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.