Tropical Extract Kills 80 Percent of Breast Cancer Cells

New research shows that the fruit of a tropical vine may help fight breast cancer.

The study comes from Dr. Ratna Ray, a professor of pathology at St. Louis University. She specializes in studying the regulation of cell growth.

And while the results of her study, published in the journal Cancer Research, are preliminary… they are also very promising.

“Our result was encouraging,” she says. The extract “significantly induced death in breast cancer cells.” She also says it stopped breast cancer cells from growing and spreading.

Two Percent Concentration Kills Cancer Cells

The tropical extract comes from the fruit of the bitter melon. Like its name, the fruit is indeed bitter, but still edible.

In her study, Dr. Ray applied a two percent bitter melon extract to breast cancer cells. She found that this was the minimum amount needed to kill a significant number of breast cancer cells. In fact, at that concentration, the extract killed 80 percent of breast cancer cells.

Further research published in the journal Anticancer Research offers more insight into how bitter melon may work. It attacks the HER2 gene that makes breast cancer aggressive. Once it impacts the gene… the tumor can no longer grow.

Dr. Ray plans on testing her extract on animals next. If those results are positive, she’ll move to human trials.

“There have been significant advances in breast cancer treatment,” she says. “However, women continue to die of the disease and new treatment strategies are essential.”

Where to Find Bitter Melon

You can get bitter melon as a supplement in tablet or capsule form. There is no doctor-recommended dose at this time. However, manufacturers of the supplement recommend 500 mg per day.

You can also purchase bitter melon raw at Asian grocery stores. Experts say you can eat one small raw melon per day to see the same benefits as a supplement.

Bitter melon offers an additional health benefit. It has also been shown to lower your blood sugar levels.

The fruit is generally regarded as safe. In animal studies, the only adverse reaction was hypoglycemia. That happens when blood sugar levels fall too low. So be especially careful if you’re on diabetic medications.

When Dr. Ray’s new results are made public, we’ll update you on her findings.

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  1. jum says:

    this is highly welcome, and i say welldone to the reasercher. Pls kindly show us the photograph of the said bitter lemon, to know if it can be got in our environment here as well. Tks

  2. John says:

    it’s good to know that there are still good people on this earth. God bless you,,,, many times !!!

    Take care !

  3. Vaughn says:

    Just wondering what effect bitter melon would have on Stage 4 lung cancer? And what concentration, or dosage would be required?

  4. Chris says:

    These findings of Ratna Ray were already published Feb 2010 in Austria. Are there any new results about this approach?

  5. john says:

    This appears to be an in vitro test. Just how do you propose to get the concentration in your body up to 2%?
    I’m not a fan of quackbusters, but I’m not a fan of snake oil salesmen either. As Lennon said, “just gimme some truth”

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