Nutrient Shown to Play Key Role in Regulating Cancer Cell Growth

Apigenin alters a specific step in gene regulation, restructuring cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled.

A recent study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified a specific nutrient called apigenin that has been shown to play a key role in regulating the growth of cancer cells. Apigenin alters a specific step in gene regulation, restructuring cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled.

Apigenin is a natural flavonoid found in many fruits, vegetables and herbs like apples, celery, some spices such as oregano, tarragon, clove, endive, cilantro, basil, parsley, onions, oranges, chamomile and wheat sprouts.

The researchers also found that apigenin binds with an estimated 160 proteins in the human body. They showed how apigenin is able to locate a specific protein and enter the cell nucleus, where it is able to stop the cell growth in those cases in which the cell DNA has been damaged by cancer.

"The preventive use of apigenin by following a diet rich in natural fruits, vegetables and spices seems to be a good way to prevent cancer occurrence," say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH). "This is undoubtedly a big reason behind the noted health benefits of something like the Mediterranean diet."

"A sensible diet is heavily plant-based, focusing on fresh leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables and fruits," adds Tom. "A variety of animal based proteins including red meat is also recommended. This combination provides a myriad array of nutrients which new studies are consistently showing to be essential to our health."


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