Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study that found that the natural sugars in apples, called oligosaccharides, can impede the growth and development of human colon cancer cells.
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/cancer/new-research-shows-that-an-apple-a-day-could-keep-cancer-away/), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and incredibly, new studies have recently discovered an inverse relationship between the consumption of apples and the risk of cancer. In other words, the more apples a person eats, the lower their risk is for several types of cancer. The most recent research found that a compound in apples could actually behave as a natural cancer cure, killing colon cancer cells more efficiently than even chemotherapy drugs.
In the course of this study, the researchers isolated a natural sugar found naturally in apples, called oligosaccharides. Oligosaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that contains between 3 to 6 units of simple sugar in their structure. In order to isolate the oligosaccharides from the rest of the apple, the researchers disposed of the skins, pulps, seeds and stems, and treated the juice of the apples with natural enzymes in order to break down the leftover apple compounds into pure oligosaccharides.
Once isolated, the oligosaccharides were added at various concentrations to human colon cancer cells, called HT29. At lower concentrations (about 0.9 parts per million or PPM), the oligosaccharides killed 17.6 percent of the colon cancer cells within just 36 hours. On the other hand, the chemo drug, which was administered at an even higher concentration, killed only 10.9 percent of the colon cancer cells. Although these results were impressive, the truly amazing results occurred when higher concentrations of oligosaccharides were used – at 9.0 PPM, the oligosaccharides killed a whopping 46% of the human colon cancer cells.
This breakthrough research showed that the oligosaccharides in apples can not only out-perform common cancer drugs when it comes to treating colon cancer, but that they are also a non-toxic alternative, without all of the health risks and severe discomfort caused by traditional cancer therapies. Unlike chemotherapy drugs, oligosaccharides attack only the cancer cells, and do not cause harm to the patient’s healthy cells. As such, treating colon cancer with oligosaccharides could mean avoiding the troublesome side-effects associated with cancer drugs such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue and hair loss.
Aside from the natural oligosaccharide content in apples, a study published in the Nutrition and Cancer journal in 2010 found that apple peels are also effective as natural cancer cures. The researchers found that apple peel extracts reduced the ability of several different varieties of cancer cells to survive. According to the study, the apple peel extracts decrease the level of a certain antigen found in cancer cells, and the reduction of that antigen results in a decreased ability for the cancer cells to grow and multiply. The researchers also found that apple peel extracts increase levels of a protein called maspin, which helps to prevent tumors from growing and spreading.
Bel Marra doctors recommend that people should harness the natural nutrition and cancer fighting properties of apples by eating two apples a day, including their skins. Be sure to choose organic apples, because conventionally grown apples are contaminated with toxic pesticides and herbicides which may actually increase risks for cancer. Also, choose locally grown apples when possible, because apples that are shipped from far away are picked before they are fully ripe and do not contain as many nutrients.
(SOURCE: Li Q., et. al. “Oligosaccharide from apple induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in HT29 human colon cancer cells.” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 16 Mar. 2013.)
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