Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study, just completed by a research team from Texas A&M University, which investigated the anti-cancer properties of limonoids for the first time. The researchers found that the limonoids in lemons were able to stop cancer growth.
As noted in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/fight-cancer-with-this-sour-fruit), limonoids are special compounds found in lemons that are thought to be responsible for their healing benefits. Lemons have long been prescribed as a natural remedy that can help cleanse the body. The juice is thought to bind to chemicals, and in this way, help the liver with its detoxing process. But now, researchers are discovering that lemons may have a role to play in cancer prevention.
As reported in the article “Fight Cancer with This Sour Fruit,” the researchers found more than a dozen limonoids that they screened for their cytotoxicity on human breast cancer cells.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, among the tested limonoids, 11 exhibited cytotoxicity on estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer cells, whereas eight limonoids showed cytotoxicity against estrogen-receptor-negative cell lines.
The article explains that there is a test that can determine which type of cancer patients have. The test indicates whether cancer cells have receptors for the hormones estrogen or progesterone. The role of hormone receptors is to intercept hormone signals that tell cells to grow. If a cancer cell has receptors for estrogen, then these cells may receive signals from estrogen that could help them to grow. Conversely, if a cell has progesterone receptors, it could potentially grow by receiving signals from progesterone.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article concludes, researchers reported that the limonoids found in lemons were able to stop cancer growth in both estrogen-receptor-positive cells and estrogen-receptor-negative cells. Doctors Health Press recommends that readers add lemon to their weekly diet, suggesting freshly squeezed lemon juice is perhaps the easiest way to get some cancer-killing limonoids.
(SOURCE: Kim, J., et al., “Limonoids and their anti-proliferative and anti-aromatase properties in human breast cancer cells,” Food & Function, November 1, 2012.)
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