Numerous times food has proven to be the best medicine for treating lethal illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancers. A recent study conducted by the university researchers in Xi’an, China, has convincingly showed that apple extract kills cancer cells, thus outperforming conventional chemotherapy!
Actually, compounds in apples known as oligosaccharides were found to destroy up to 46 percent of human colon cancer cells. They outperform common chemotherapy, and even more so, they leave the toxic adverse effects behind!
The study abstract reveals this key point: “It is reported that apple polysaccharide can prevent colon cancer growth and impede colon cancer progression. The aim of this study is to explore the effect of apple oligosaccharide on the cellular viability of human colon carcinoma cells (or HT29 cells) and its mechanism.
These results indicated that apple oligosaccharide attenuated HT29 cell viability by inducing cell apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. Apple oligosaccharide is a potential chemoprevention agent or anti-tumor agent and is worthy of further study.”
Apple Extract: Another Natural Solution to Cancer
Researchers isolated polysaccharides such as pectin and other fibers from the apple remains after apples have been processed for making juice. This waste product called pomace consists of skins, pulp, seeds and stems.
Upon isolating the polysaccharides, what the researchers did was treating them with the natural pectinase enzyme in order to break down their complex carbohydrate molecules into oligosaccharides. In the final step, the oligosaccharides were added to various concentrations of cultured human HT29 colon cancer cells, but a common chemo drug was added to others.
Although the researchers used different concentrations in every test, the results were the same: Oligosaccharides induced programmed cell death, known as apoptosis, at greater levels compared with the apoptosis levels of chemo drug administered to other infected cells.
At a concentration of 0.9 micrograms per mL (about 0.9 PPM), oligosaccharides killed 17.6% of the colon cancer cells within 36 hours only while the chemo drug, at a higher concentration of 1.3 micrograms per mL, killed 10.9% only! Then, at 9.0 PPM, 46% of colon cancer cells were terminated by the potent oligosaccharides. The chemo drug has not been tested at this level yet.
Because colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in women and the third leading cause of death in men worldwide, this finding is especially important to help curb this epidemic. As many battles against colon cancer fought with standard means (cytostatic drugs, radiotherapy, surgical removal of the colon from the body etc.) have been lost, it is best to turn to natural means.
The apple oligosaccharides are non-toxic to healthy cells. They can be used at higher concentrations than it is possible with chemo drugs. This is especially important for patients with cancers at advanced levels, who die sooner when treated with higher concentrations of chemical drugs or with radiation.
Just like the abundant scientific material in previous researches, this new study reconfirms the amazing effects of natural foods and compounds.
These oligosaccharides can be easily obtained from the waste product of apple juice industry. Read this: Amazing four million tons of pomace are produced annually! So, it is definitely the lowest-cost resource for producing valuable, life-saving drugs for dying people.Yet, do not be disturbed if you cannot enrich your diet with apples. Oligosaccharides are present in plenty of plant fruits and vegetables, then in sea algae, and even in raw honey and milk.
The study finding only strongly supports nutritionists’ recommendation for every individual to consume more fresh produce every day.
Study source: Oligosaccharide from apple induces apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in HT29 human colon cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23511050