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Bitter Melon Extract Inhibits Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells

February 23, 2010: 08:29 AM EST
In laboratory tests, U.S. scientists used bitter melon extract to trigger a chain of molecular-level events that eventually slowed the spread of breast cancer cells and destroyed them. Bitter melon is a vegetable commonly found in China and India. The extract has been found in earlier studies to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and is used as a folk medicine in Asia to treat diabetes. Although the researchers caution that animal and human testing is necessary to determine the extract’s effectiveness in treating breast cancer, they nevertheless conclude that it “can be used as a dietary supplement for prevention of breast cancer.”
Ratna Ray, Ph.D., Amit Raychoudhuri, et al., "Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Extract Inhibits Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation ", Cancer Research, February 23, 2010, © American Association for Cancer Research
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