Okra kills 72% of breast cancer cells & slows growth in vitro
Okra, also known as lady’s finger, or bamia is one of the popular nutritious vegetables of North-East African origin. Okra is low in calories. One cup of raw okra only has around 30 calories. And in that low-calorie cup in a whopping 66%, RDA of Vitamin K. Okra is also high is calcium, fiber, vitamin C, protein, folate, manganese and magnesium.
A recent study confirms that a newly discovered lectin in okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) can kill 72% of human breast cancer cells (MCF7) in-vitro, mostly by inducing programmed cell death. This, newly found extract in common okra was also show to slow the growth of breast cancer cells by 63%.
An interesting thing is that researchers are still discovering new anti-cancer compounds in foods that we eat on daily basis. So, the research on okra as a cure for cancer is just starting up. Medical experts in another recent study have found that okra pectin is active against highly metastatic melanoma cells (B16F10). The okra pectin is reducing their proliferation, inducing cell cycle arrest and programmed cell death (apoptosis).
According to a recent study, the southern eating pattern, which is characterized by eating okra, grits, cornbread, beans, rice and sweet potatoes, actually reduced the risk of prostate cancer by 40% in a group of American men. But, the most interesting thing is that a diet richer in fruit and vegetables did not reduce the risk of prostate cancer in that group.
People, we all knew that okra is a healthy vegetable and that is already widely consumed in the whole world. But, now, the latest researches tell us that okra may give us protection from at least three different types of cancer. Unbelievable, right? There should be more studies to confirm this, of course. But, in the meantime, it would be a great idea to add this healthy and amazing vegetable to your regular diet, which should already contain lots of fruits and vegetables.
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