Tuesday, January 9, 2007

How spicy foods can kill cancers

There are many people that believe that no disease exists on earth for which God has not already created a natural cure. We only have to look for it. I am one of those people.  Don't get me wrong, I believe in scientific advancement.  But I believe that we should use our knowledge of science to work in harmony with nature and not against it.  
Could it be that the answer to cancer lies within virtually everyone's kitchen?   I know, it couldn't be that simple.  But ?
"We believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental 'Achilles heel' for all cancers "
Dr Timothy Bates
BBC NEWS | Health | How spicy foods can kill cancers
Read the entire article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6244715.stm

Scientists have discovered the key to the ability of spicy foods to kill cancer cells.  They found capsaicin, an ingredient of jalapeno peppers, triggers cancer cell death by attacking mitochondria - the cells' energy-generating boiler rooms.  The research raises the possibility that other cancer drugs could be developed to target mitochondria.

The Nottingham University study features in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

The study showed that the family of molecules to which capsaicin belongs, the vanilloids, bind to proteins in the cancer cell mitochondria to trigger apoptosis, or cell death, without harming surrounding healthy cells.

Capsaicin was tested on cultures of human lung cancer cells and on pancreatic cancers.  Lead researcher Dr Timothy Bates said: "As these compounds attack the very heart of the tumour cells, we believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental 'Achilles heel' for all cancers.

"The biochemistry of the mitochondria in cancer cells is very different from that in normal cells.

The fact that capsaicin and other vanilloids are already commonly found in the diet proves they are safe to eat.

Dr Bates said: "Capsaicin, for example, is already found in treatments for muscle strain and psoriasis - which raises the question of whether an adapted topical treatment could be used to treat certain types of skin cancer.  "It's also possible that cancer patients or those at risk of developing cancer could be advised to eat a diet which is richer in spicy foods to help treat or prevent the disease."

However, Josephine Querido, cancer information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "This research does not suggest that eating vast quantities of chilli pepper will help prevent or treat cancer. "The experiments showed that pepper extracts killed cancer cells grown in the laboratory, but these have not yet been tested to see if they are safe and effective in humans."

Summarized by Copernic Summarizer


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