Bitter melon fights breast cancer cells

Bitter melon (Ku Gua, Momordica charantia), a vegetable commonly used in Chinese cooking and medicine, shows promise as an anti-breast cancer agent. Studies carried out by US scientists have shown that treatment of human breast cancer cells with bitter melon extract trigger a chain of cellular events that induce apoptotic cell death and result in a significant decrease in cell proliferation. (Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) extract inhibits breast cancer cell proliferation by modulating cell cycle regulatory genes and promotes apoptosis. Cancer Res. 2010 Mar 1;70(5):1925-31. Bitter Melon: Antagonist to Cancer. Pharm Res. 2010 Mar 3. [Epub ahead of print]).

 

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