Vegan ( This newsgroup exists to share ideas and issues of concern among vegans. We are always happy to share our recipes- perhaps especially with omnivores who are simply curious- or even better, accomodating a vegan guest for a meal!

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 13-03-2013, 05:17 PM posted to soc.culture.indian,,,,soc.culture.usa,alt.politics,talk.politics.misc
external usenet poster
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 186
Default Bitter melon juice may prevent pancreatic cancer

Bitter melon juice may prevent pancreatic cancer

The Hindu
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Washington - Scientists have discovered that juice from
bitter melon also known as bitter gourd or ‘karela’, used
for centuries against diabetes in the folk medicines of
India and China, can prevent pancreatic cancer.

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Denver,
found that bitter melon juice restricts the ability of
pancreatic cancer cells to metabolise glucose, cutting
the cells’ energy source and eventually killing them in
mouse models.

“Three years ago researchers showed the effect of bitter
melon extract on breast cancer cells only in a Petri
dish. This study goes much, much farther,” said Rajesh
Agarwal, co-programme leader of Cancer Prevention and
Control at the CU Cancer Centre and professor at the
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“We used the juice — people especially in Asian countries
are already consuming it in quantity — to show that it
affects the glucose metabolism pathway to restrict energy
and kill pancreatic cancer cells,” Agarwal said.

Agarwal’s interest came from connecting the dots of
existing research in a novel way. Diabetes tends to
presage pancreatic cancer and bitter melon has been shown
to effect type-II diabetes, and has been used for
centuries in China and India.

Following this line of thinking, Agarwal and colleagues
wondered what would happen if they closed out the middle
man of diabetes and directly explored the link between
bitter melon and pancreatic cancer.

The result, Agarwal said, is, “alteration in metabolic
events in pancreatic cancer cells and an activation of
the AMP-activated protein kinase, an enzyme that
indicates low energy levels in the cells.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, bitter melon also regulates
insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells. After studies
in cell cultures, the group showed that mouse models of
pancreatic cancer that were fed bitter melon juice were
60 per cent less likely to develop the disease than

“It’s a very exciting finding. Many researchers are
engineering new drugs to target cancer cells’ ability to
supply themselves with energy, and here we have a
naturally-occurring compound that may do just that,”
Agarwal said in a statement.

The study was published in the journal Carcinogenesis.

Keywords: Diabetes,*bitter gourd juice,*pancreatic cancer

More at:

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

o o o

o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used
for the educational purposes of research and open
discussion. The contents of this post may not have been
authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion
of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright
law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely
not be read, considered or answered if it does not
contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal
addresses, and live-voice telephone number.

o Posted for information and discussion. Views
expressed by others are not necessarily those of the
poster who may or may not have read the article.
FAIR USE NOTICE: This article may contain copyrighted
material the use of which may or may not have been
specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This
material is being made available in efforts to advance
the understanding of environmental, political, human
rights, economic, democratic, scientific, social, and
cultural, etc., issues. It is believed that this
constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material
as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the
material on this site is distributed without profit to
those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving
the included information for research, comment,
discussion and educational purposes by subscribing to
USENET newsgroups or visiting web sites. For more
information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this article
for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you
must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Since newsgroup posts are being removed by forgery by one
or more net terrorists, this post may be reposted several

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OFF TOPIC Pancreatic cancer best foods? Bill who putters Diabetic 2 04-08-2011 09:42 AM
Bitter melon Nick Cramer Diabetic 0 17-02-2009 06:13 AM
The Real reason processed meats cause pancreatic cancer Beach Runner Vegan 0 07-10-2005 02:05 PM
More veggies may curb pancreatic cancer Beach Runner Vegan 0 17-09-2005 10:42 PM
More veggies may curb pancreatic cancer risk C. James Strutz Vegan 0 16-09-2005 06:09 PM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:31 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004-2019
The comments are property of their posters.

About Us

"It's about Food and drink"


Copyright © 2017