Bitter melon juice 'prevents' pancreatic cancer

13 March 2013

Bitter melon juice could help to prevent pancreatic cancer, according to results of a new study.

Researchers at the University of Colorado found that the juice restricts the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to metabolise glucose. Without this, cells have no energy source and die.

Dr Rajesh Agarwal, co-program leader of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CU Cancer Centre and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said: "Three years ago researchers showed the effect of bitter melon extract on breast cancer cells only in a Petri dish. This study goes much, much farther."

The research was the result of Dr Agarwal's identification that diabetes precedes pancreatic cancer and bitter melon affects type-II diabetes.

Using this thinking, researchers then focused on the direct link between bitter melon and cancer.

In mouse models of pancreatic cancer, those fed with bitter melon were 60 per cent less likely to develop cancer than the controls.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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