Scientists believe that luteolin, found in some vegetables, can help fight breast cancer.
Scientists at the University of Missouri in Columbia say that luteolin, which occurs naturally in herbs and vegetables, may slow the development of breast cancer caused by the combination of natural estrogen and synthetic progestin used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
The research was led by Salman Hayder, a gifted teacher Zalk in tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Research Center Dalton cardiovascular, and published in Springer Plus .
Hyder explains that while most older women usually have benign lesions in the breast tissue “, these lesions do not usually form tumors until they receive the” trigger “- in this progestin case – that attracts blood vessel cells , they feed essentially injuries, causing it to expand. ”
Hyder’s team has found that “as the cells of human breast cancer develop, acquire properties of stem cells, which can make it harder to kill.”
How can luteolin help?
In the study, breast cancer cells were exposed to varying concentrations of luteolin in vitro for 24 or 48 hours.
The result was a significantly reduced cell viability, both in terms of time and dose. The blood vessels that feed cancer cells were reduced, causing their death, and the properties of stem cells, which normally promote the development of cancerous cells, were reduced. In general, it was found that luteolin to produce an anti-tumor effect.
Once these results, Hyder luteolin tested in laboratory mice with breast cancer and found that there, too, the formation of blood vessels and cell characteristics stem were reduced.
Basic facts about breast cancer
- There will be about 231,840 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the US this year
- More than 40,000 women in the US will die from breast cancer in 2015
- There are more than 2.8 million survivors of breast cancer in the US ..
It seems that luteolin has the potential to prevent or stop the growth of tumors in a variety of ways. The team is hopeful that further research, if successful, may lead to a new drug that could be used to treat some of the more “aggressive and difficult to treat breast cancer types.” It could be used in the form of a supplement that is injected directly into the bloodstream.
Meanwhile, Hyder urged women to continue eating a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. Luteolin is present in thyme, parsley, celery and broccoli.
HRT is also one of the most used in the US .. A drug that allows women continue to have this highly effective treatment without the potentially fatal side effects long term, it would certainly be welcome treatments.
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