Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
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 new study out of the U.S. finding milk thistle extract could protect skin from cancer and aging.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/the-herbal-answer-for-blocking-skin-cancer) notes, milk thistle extract, called “silibinin,” kills skin cells mutated by UVA radiation and protects against damage by UVB radiation. Thus, the negative effects of too much sun exposure can be shielded to some extent.
As the article “The Herbal Answer for Blocking Skin Cancer” reports, when a cell is affected by UV radiation, it must either be repaired or killed so that it cannot go on to cause cancer. Silibinin does both.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that one study worked with human skin cells subjected to UVA radiation (95% of the sun’s radiation). The cells were treated with silibinin, which dramatically increased the rate at which the damaged cells died. At the same time, it left healthy cells alone. That’s because milk thistle isn’t toxic. The fact that it can target and kill damaged cells means it removes the triggers for skin cancer and photo aging.
The article outlines that a second study in January showed that silibinin could protect human skin cells from the less common UVB radiation. In this case, the herb could prevent UV-induced skin cancer by protecting against DNA damage. So with UVA, silibinin kills, and with UVB, it protects.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that this particular group of researchers has been studying silibinin for two decades. Along the way, they’ve seen it effectively treat cancer, and now they have a complete picture of the mechanisms involved. They continue to test milk thistle for cancer prevention abilities with the aim to begin human trials in the near future.
(SOURCE: “Silibinin, found in milk thistle, protects against UV-induced skin cancer,” University of Colorado Cancer Center, January 30, 2013.)
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