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Vegetable Compound Outwits Cancer Cells

A compound found in vegetables like celery, parsley artichokes and spinach as well as red wine and chamomile tea may play a key role in controlling cancer cells. Cancer cells are resistant to normal cell death called apoptosis.

Scientists at Ohio State University have discovered that a compound found in these foods and beverages called apigenin may take the brakes off cancer cell death. Apigenin connects to a protein in cancer cells that seems to protect them from apoptosis. 

This test tube research will require clinical testing to prove the concept. But following a Mediterranean-type diet that is high in apigenin is worthwhile regardless. 

Drinking chamomile tea might also be a terrific idea since it is relatively high in apigenin. It is a non-caffeinated beverage that is great in the evening and is very relaxing. If it could also help combat cancer that would be an added bonus.

[Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, May, 20, 2013]

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I believe that “takes the brakes OFF” means that cancer cells would die more quickly. I think the apigenin removes or stops the protein that protects cancer cells from dying.

Ditto Kb. Some clarity would be helpful.

Great info. Thanks.

I’m confused. If the compound “takes the brakes off cancer cell death” does that mean that cancer cells die more slowly? The rest of the article seems to indicate cancer cells would die like other cells. Please clarify. Thanks.
Peoples Pharmacy response: This helps cancer cells die like normal cells. It outwits the mechanism cancer cells use to avoid dying.

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