Recent Findings Show Vinegar Component Lethal to Mesothelioma Cells, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A new study finds that the chemical compound that gives vinegar its distinctive smell and sour taste may eventually be used to help kills mesothelioma cells.

Acetic Acid Lethal to Mesothelioma Cells

Vinegar Component Kills Mesothelioma Cells

Acetic acid at 0.5% for 10 minutes induced almost complete cell death.

Doctors in Japan and Norway say acetic acid, the ingredient that makes up 3 to 5% of vinegar (the rest is water), had a lethal effect of mesothelioma cells and gastric cancer cells in recent laboratory tests. Click here to read the full story on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Scientists at the Kyoto GI Disease Research Center in Kyoto and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim added acetic acid to cell cultures of human and rat gastric cancers and two kinds of pleural mesothelioma cell lines.

According to lead researcher Dr. Susumu Okabe, “Acetic acid at 0.5% for 10 minutes induced almost complete cell death of ACC-MESO1 and MSTO-211H [mesothelioma cells].”

The new study, published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology concludes that the topical application of acetic acid could be a “feasible approach” for treating gastric cancer and other malignancies such as mesothelioma.

“While it is always exciting to hear about new mesothelioma drug studies, it is especially encouraging when doctors find anti-mesothelioma properties in a compound that is already common and readily available, such as acetic acid,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss.

To read more about the acetic acid study, and why it does not mean that mesothelioma patients should consume more vinegar, see Ingredient in Vinegar Kills Mesothelioma Cells in Minutes, available now on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Okabe, S et al, “Acetic acid induces cell death: An in vitro study using normal rat gastric mucosal cell line and rate and human gastric cancer and mesothelioma cell lines”, December 2014, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Supplement S4, pp. 65-69,

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