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Research Points To Cancer Preventing Properties of Papaya, Possible Restorative Powers

March 9, 2010: 10:45 AM EST
Extracts from dried papaya leaves showed potential anticancer properties as reported by scientists from the United States and Japan. Four different strengths of papaya extract were used against ten lab-grown tumors including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas. Twenty-four hours after the exposure to the extracts, it was found out that the growth of the cancer cell cultures slowed down. Papaya leaf extracts also boosts the production of Th-1 type cytokines, which could strengthen the immune system against cancer and other immune-related conditions. Moreover, no toxic effects of the papaya extracts on normal cells were found, which may mean that the extract could be taken for long periods of time. This conforms to previous knowledge on the medicinal properties of papaya as practiced by the indigenous population of Australia and Vietnam.
"Papaya extract thwarts growth of cancer cells in lab tests", University of Florida Via Eureka Alert , March 09, 2010, © Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
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