April 25, 2012

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Compound in Oregano May Kill Prostate Cancer Cells

SAN DIEGOPizza lovers rejoice. Scientists have discovered compound found in the herb oregano, a seasoning commonly used in pizza toppings, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that may kill prostate cancer cells, according to new research presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting April 24. The findings may lead to new therapies for prostate cancer patients.

Researchers at Long Island University (LIU) conducted a study to determine whether carvacrol induces apoptosis, a process that causes cancer cells to "commit suicide". They used various concentrations of a drug containing carvacrol on prostate cancer cells during three different time periods24, 48 and 96 hours. Results showed the drug produced almost 100% inhibition; the most potent at the 96-hour treatment period.

We know that oregano possesses antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, but its effects on cancer cells really elevate the spice to the level of a super-spice like turmeric," said lead researcher Dr. Supriya Bavadekar. A significant advantage is that oregano is commonly used in food and has a 'Generally Recognized as Safe' status in the United States. We expect this to translate into a decreased risk of severe toxic effects."

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