Can Bitter Melon Prevent Pancreatic Cancer?

logo1267406_mdA recent study published in the journal Carcinogenesis concluded that bitter melon juice restricts the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to metabolize glucose, thus, cutting the energy supply to the cells and eventually killing them. This study goes beyond an earlier study in a petri dish that showed the effects of bitter melon on breast cancer cells. while exploring the effect of bitter melon on pancreatic cancer cells the research says they found an “Alterations in metabolic events in pancreatic cancer cells and an activation of the AMP=activated protein kinase, an enzyme that indicates low energy levels in the cells.” In a later study using a mouse model they found that when mice were fed bitter melon juice they were 60% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than the controls. Researchers said “Many researchers are engineering new drugs to target cancer cells’ ability to supply themselves with energy, and here we have a naturally-occurring compound that may do just that.” Further trials are planned.

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