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Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer

Posted 23 Feb 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23 – A popular nutritional supplement – extract of bitter melon – may help protect women from breast cancer, researchers say. Bitter melon is a common vegetable in India, China and South America, and its extract is used in folk remedies for diabetes because of its blood-sugar lowering capabilities, according to the researchers. "When we used the extract from that melon, we saw that it kills the breast cancer cells," said lead researcher Ratna Ray, a professor of pathology at Saint Louis University. But their work was done in a laboratory, not in humans, she noted. The bitter melon extract killed only the cancer cells, not the healthy breast cells. "We didn't see any death in the normal cells," she said. However, these results are not proof that bitter melon extract prevents or cures breast cancer. "I don't believe that it will cure cancer," Ray said. "It will probably ... Read more

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