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Commercially Available Natural Compound Kills Prostate Cancer Cells In Lab Tests

August 3, 2010: 09:21 AM EST

U.S. researchers who tested a commercial compound containing 33 natural nutrients, medicinal mushrooms, minerals, and herbs on animal prostate cancer cells have found that it stops abnormal cell growth and induces programmed cell death (apoptosis). The compound, known as ProstaCaid, was tested in low concentrations on both hormone sensitive and hormone resistant prostate cancer cell lines at very low concentrations. Herbal extracts in the compound include turmeric root, saw palmetto berry, grape skin, pomegranate, pumpkin seed, pygeum bark, sarsaparilla root, green tea, and Japanese knotweed. Natural polyphenols include quercetin, resveratrol, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and ellagic acid, all shown to have anticancer potential. The researchers will conduct further studies in animals and humans to determine if the product can be used to prevent or treat prostate cancer.

Jun Yan and Aaron E. Katz, "ProstaCaid Induces G2/M Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis in Human and Mouse Androgen-Dependent and-Independent Prostate Cancer Cells", Integrative Cancer Therapies, August 03, 2010, © Sage Publications
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