RandyW Posted June 29, 2006 Share Posted June 29, 2006 Milk thistle compound prevents lung cancer in mice By Sue Mueller Jun 27, 2006, June 27 (foodconsumer.org) - A new compound, named Silibinin derived from milk thistle, may effectively destroy lung cancer in humans, suggests a new animal study published in the June 21 issue of Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study found that mice fed a diet containing silibinin had few large tumors in the lungs of mice compared to mice fed a diet without the compound. Silibinin used in the study was purchased from Sigma Chemical Co. It did not come from milk thistle. For the study, researchers from the University of Colorado Denver injected a chemical called urethane in mice to induce lung cancer and then started to feed the mice a diet containing silibinin. The researchers have been studing milk thistle compounds such as silymarin and silibinin for over a decade, Reuters reported. Researchers hope to start clinical trials soon to assess the efficacy and safety of this compound. According to Reuters, trials of this compound on prostate cancer have been already underway. Early studies have found that silymarin has strong antioxidant properties and has been shown to inhibit the in-vitro growth of human prostate, breast, and cervical cancer cells. Milk thistle as a dietary supplement is used mainly as a detoxification agent to help liver problems caused by viruses and a lcohol. But its anticancer effects are also well known to many people. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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